Legal Director

MITCHELL CAVANAGH

CRIMINAL LAW ACCREDITED SPECIALIST

Solicitor since 1999.

Law Society NSW

Mitchell Cavanagh is a highly-respected Criminal Defence Lawyer.

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He was recognised by the Law Society of New South Wales as an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist in 2005 and has maintained that qualification ever since.

Mitchell started his career in criminal defence 22 years ago in 1996, while still at university, commencing a clerkship with what grew to be Queensland’s largest criminal law firm and also volunteering his time at the Prisoners’ Legal Service.

Mitchell was admitted as a solicitor in 1999. He achieved a partnership position the following year and remained with that firm for 12 years. During that time he was responsible for establishing and managing practices at Maroochydore and then in Sydney.

Mitchell has held roles as special counsel with a major criminal law firm in Sydney and most recently as the Queensland State Manager of a national law firm responsible for the supervision of the criminal law practice.

Mitchell is an accomplished advocate who appears frequently in the Magistrates Court and also as a solicitor advocate before the District and Supreme Courts. He has appeared to argue a conviction appeal before the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal.

Mitchell is committed to engaging with every client to achieve the best result however challenging the circumstances.

TESTIMONIALS­ ­  ¦  ­ MITCHELL CAVANAGH

CRIMINAL LAW ¦ COMMITTAL ¦ PROPERTY OFFENCE

I came to know Mitchell when I was looking for a lawyer to assist me in defending myself against criminal charges.  The case came about when the DPP took up a recommendation by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

I believe the most critical element of a legal practitioner is their ability to win their client’s trust and confidence.  While it was very evident that Mitchell had a very heavy work load, he always gave me his undivided attention when we were together face to face or over the telephone.  Mitchell made me feel that everything I had to say to him was important and of interest to him.

He also made me feel that he would only make statements and observations to me that were carefully researched and based in facts of law.  In other words, Mitchell never could have been accused of telling me only what I wanted to hear.

I built up confidence in Mitchell by observing that the advice he gave me was virtually always vindicated by either future events, or by his legal peers and Judges, or by his opponents. Mitchell’s research was very meticulous and the wording of his presentations was likewise.

My case was complex, involving an evidence brief of some 8,000 pages and additional research besides.  It required Mitchell coming to understand an unusual quasi Government regulatory and commodity trading business with complex accounting, financing and management systems.  Of course it also involved getting to know the intricacies and make up of my organisation and it’s people.  Mitchell not only quickly came to understand the business, but was then able to sort out his arguments so clearly in presenting a defence, that his arguments were never questioned by either the Judiciary or his opposing peers.

Mitchell was also extremely capable at sorting “the wheat from the chaff” and his presentations appeared to focus on the critical points more effectively than his opponents.

I found Mitchell to have the highest standard of courtesy and consideration for others.  He was always understanding and pleasant notwithstanding my own impatience “on occasions”.  Mitchell was never arrogant with me or anyone in my presence and could only be described as a totally dedicated person and a very professional advocate.”

[Client – not identified for reasons of confidentiality]

CRIMINAL LAW ¦ DISTRICT COURT TRIAL ¦ EXTORTION

Prior to your “eleventh hour” acceptance of my case, I suffered much confusion and frustration dealing with law firms that lacked the dedication and understanding that the complexities of my legal matters required. Although your preparation time was limited, after my initial consultation in your offices, the personable contact and attention to detail shown enabled me to rest assured everything possible was being done.

[Client – not identified for reasons of confidentiality]

CRIMINAL LAW ¦ PLEA

Prior to your “eleventh hour” acceptance of my case, I suffered much confusion and frustration dealing with law firms that lacked the dedication and understanding that the complexities of my legal matters required. Although your preparation time was limited, after my initial consultation in your offices, the personable contact and attention to detail shown enabled me to rest assured everything possible was being done.

[Client – not identified for reasons of confidentiality]

CRIMINAL LAW ¦ PLEA

Dear Mitchell,

I have never experienced such a distressing occasion and am extremely grateful for your help. You handled the situation with admirable professionalism and unexpected care and compassion.

[Client – not identified for reasons of confidentiality]

CRIMINAL LAW ¦ JUVENILE JUSTICE

“The legal representation of young people on the Sunshine Coast will be greatly diminished by your leaving. It is always a delight (and surprise) to work with someone in the legal profession who has an understanding and a working belief of social justice, and you certainly displayed this each time you walked into court. Sydney’s gain is obviously our loss.”

[Juvenile Justice Officer]