Paul Smallwood Barrister

Paul Smallwood

BAR:
2014
ADMITTED:
2006

William Crockett Chambers

Room 1707

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Paul J. Smallwood was leading counsel for Faruk Orman in the first ‘Lawyer X’ appeal: (2019) 59 VR 511. He was junior counsel for Jason Roberts in Victoria’s first ‘second or subsequent’ appeal: (2020) 60 VR 431 (leave application) and [2020] VSCA 277 (appeal). Both Orman and Roberts had their murder convictions set aside.

According to the leading criminal law junior counsel lists published by Doyle’s Guide in 2020, Paul was one of two preeminent counsel practising in Victoria. He was one of five preeminent counsel practising in Australia. He has been listed as a preeminent junior practising in criminal law in Victoria in both 2019 and 2020. He is the Secretary of the Criminal Bar Association (Victoria) Committee and a member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Australian Bar Association. He is also a member of the Greens List Committee.

Paul regularly appears before the Court of Appeal. Outside Victoria, he has appeared in cases in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia. The superior court cases that he has appeared in include (but are not limited to): 
 

  • Bausch v The Queen (2019) 280 A Crim R 11.
  • Director of Public Prosecutions v O’Brien (2019) 280 A Crim R 1.
  • Director of Public Prosecutions v Betrayhani (2019) 278 A Crim R 341.
  • Neill-Fraser v Tasmania (No 2) (2019) 30 Tas R 170.
  • Neill-Fraser v Tasmania (2019) 30 Tas R 146.
  • R v Bauer (2018) 266 CLR 56.
  • Re Matemberere (2018) 57 VR 647.
  • Ward v The Queen (2018) 55 VR 307.
  • Murray v Chief Examiner (2018) 273 A Crim R 135.  
  • Kada v The Queen (2017) 270 A Crim R 197.
  • Stephens v The Queen (2016) 50 VR 740.
  • Bayley v The Queen (2016) 260 A Crim R 1.
  • Cotton v The Queen (2015) 45 VR 341.
  • Director of Public Prosecutions v Cartwright (2015) 45 VR 168.
  • Director of Public Prosecutions v Zhuang (2015) 250 A Crim R 282.
  • Bayley v The Queen (2013) 43 VR 335.
  • Hunter v The Queen (2013) 40 VR 660.
  • Kosian v The Queen (2013) 40 VR 335.
  • SAJ v The Queen (2012) 36 VR 435.
  • De Castres v The Queen (2011) 33 VR 493.

The first murder trial that Paul appeared in – R v Creamer [2011] VSC 196 – was reviewed in K Toole, ‘Self Defence and the Reasonable Woman: Equality before the New Victorian Law’ (2012) 36 Melbourne University Law Review 250.

Paul was the Secretary of Liberty Victoria from 2014 to 2018. He holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne. Before coming to the Bar he was a Public Defender at VLA Chambers. He often facilitates advocacy training at Victoria Legal Aid. He is on the Victoria Legal Aid Preferred Trial Counsel List and has an Indictable Crime Certificate.

To get in touch with Paul Smallwood | or for more information please contact the Clerk on: +61 3 9225 7222 or clerkb@greenslist.com.au

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