Doyle’s Guide 2017 – Timpano Shines!

Peer-voted and independent, Doyle’s Guide 2017 has listed Timpano Legal with the highest ranking, as a First Tier firm.   Leading Criminal Defence Law Firms – Western Australia, 2017   Doyle’s Guide is an independent guide to the legal profession in Australia, with rankings compiled through feedback from in-house counsel and peers practising in Australia. The lists More…

You’re Not in Charge of Changing Charges!

It is always a difficult situation for defence lawyers and prosecutors when an alleged victim seeks to withdraw a complaint. Unfortunately, this is something that occurs regularly in our system. There is perhaps a misunderstanding amongst the community that a complainant (or victim) has the power to make charges go away. This is, in fact, More…

The Mandatory Story: Part 2 (Home Burglaries)

In 2015, the West Australian Parliament passed the Criminal Law Amendment (Home Burglary and Other Offences) Act 2015 (WA). This amendment was designed to implement the government’s 2013 election promise to reduce the rate of home invasions. It amends the Criminal Code[1] to make a number of key changes, including: providing mandatory minimum sentences for More…

Paraburdoos, Paraburdonts & Perth

Sophie van Hattem shares her thoughts on returning to Perth to take up a position in Timpano Legal after the Pilbara: Coming back from a stint practising criminal law in the Pilbara, it would be normal to expect significant differences in how the legal system operates, the clients who need advice, the most common charges, More…

Avoid (P)esky Charges!

If you are considering driving your esky home after a big night out, I suggest making other plans, unless you want to be charged with a DUI. You may be wondering how driving an esky constitutes a criminal offence, so let’s use this recent case from Sydney to have a quick look at what exactly More…

A Rising Star In Our Midst!

The Doyle’s Guide 2016 listing of Criminal Law Rising Stars has been released. Doyle’s Guide is an independent guide to the legal profession in Australia, with rankings compiled through feedback from in-house counsel and peers practising in Australia. The lists produced are peer-ranked, and acknowledge high performing firms and practitioners. The 2016 listing of Criminal Law More…

How About a Little Restraint?

With recent debate about how to best tackle the prevalence of domestic violence, we’re left wondering if some of the action taken has had the desired effect. In 2015, the government announced it would be amending the existing restraining order legislation to include the Family Violence Restraining Order, designed to reduce the onus on the More…

Does The System Need a Bail Out?

The recent Bail mishap involving Ryan Clegg, member of the ‘Evil 8’ paedophile ring, has brought WA’s bail laws to the attention of the State Government. Clegg was found to be in breach of his bail conditions by living within 100 metres of a child care centre, after his father revoked his surety. Of course, More…