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Team

Director Justin Sibley was admitted as a Barrister in 2001, while employed as a Police Officer in the Child and Sexual Assault Unit. Justin Sibley has unique insights into how the Police work, and will use that insight to develop the best strategies for your defence. Justin started his career as a police officer in 1997, working in criminal investigative squads including in Major Crime and in the Child and Sexual Assault Unit, before being admitted as a Barrister in 2001. He then joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Following overseas postings to the Philippines, Lebanon and Iraq as a Counter Terrorism officer, Justin resumed his work as a Barrister in 2015, while continuing to consult internationally in the area of KRE, before establishing the practice in 2017.

General Counsel Robert Sibley Robert Sibley has over 40 years of experience as a Barrister at all levels having worked for the Public Defenders Office, the DPP, the Special Prosecutor’s Office and as a Barrister in private practice. Robert was a Senior Lecturer in Law at the QUT Law School in Brisbane and at the Law School of the University of the South Pacific at Port Vila, Vanuatu and at Suva, Fiji. He is a Visiting Fellow at the QUT Law School in Brisbane. Robert developed and presented training courses for Queensland Police Prosecutors, and taught Criminal Law and Evidence to many Crown Prosecutors. Robert is now General Counsel, and assists in ensuring our clients receive the best representation possible.

Solicitor Ashley Knopp graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and is admitted to the Supreme Court in Queensland. Ashley has a passion for criminal defence law and has developed strong advocacy skills through appearing in the Magistrates and District Courts across Brisbane and in Southport. He understands the system can be confusing, and prides himself on being thorough and working hard to achieve the best outcome for his clients.

Solicitor Jack McDonald graduated from University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Law and Business, and is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland. Jack has experience in a number of Employment Law areas, including representing clients in unfair dismissal, general protection, discrimination and disciplinary processes. Jack endeavours to provide clients with the best legal advice and guide them through what is often an extremely difficult time in their lives. Prior to practising as a solicitor, Jack worked with the Transport Workers Union and was involved with the Community Engagement Tasmania Society, where he assisted with the running of various workshops discussing Criminal Law.

Solicitor Stephanie Francis graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Journalism. She is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Stephanie consults for Sibley Lawyers, having spent a number of years working as a personal injuries lawyer at a national firm before establishing her own legal consulting practice. She has extensive experience in workers’ compensation, motor vehicle accident and public liability claims, including complex and catastrophic claims. Stephanie understands that it can be daunting to seek legal advice in relation to an injury. As a result, she prides herself on helping injured persons navigate the process of bringing a personal injuries claim in an approachable, straightforward manner. She also works hard to achieve the best possible outcome in each claim.

Practice Manager Kirsty Bassett has over 17 years in client management prior to studying law and commencing as a clerk, and then Practice Manager with the firm. With a keen interest in criminal law, Kirsty is interested in the welfare of all our clients. Kirsty ensures that the same level of customer care is offered to all of our clients, no matter whether your engagement is simple and brief, or complicated and long term.

Psychologist (Consultant) Cassandra Dillon graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2005 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Cassandra has full general registration as a Psychologist with AHPRA and has worked in government, not for profit organisations and private practice throughout her career. Cassandra is experienced in assisting clients across the lifespan from a wholistic perspective, incorporating biological, psychological and social elements into her treatment responses.

Clerk Melissa Bansraj is a student in law, with a strong focus on criminal law.

Barristers we brief include Saul Holt QC, Jeff Hunter QC, Angus Edwards, Alastair McDougall, Scott Lynch, Chris Wilson, John Cahill, Martin Longhurst, Tony Kimmins, Mal Harrison.