Over 50 years of combined experience

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LY Lawyers Solicitors and Barristers

Our lawyers are all accomplished court advocates, who all appear in courts throughout NSW and interstate on a daily basis. We are familiar with all the judges and magistrates throughout NSW, and are well known and highly respected by them. One thing in common that all of our criminal defence lawyers have in common is a fierce determination to protect our clients. All of our lawyers are known to fight hard in every single client they defend.

In addition to our work in the criminal courts, we are actively involved in various community initiatives, including providing pro-bono advice to disadvantaged defendants at community legal centres, free advice clinics, counsel to women’s domestic violence groups, lecturing legal studies in high schools throughout Sydney, sponsors of the University of Western Sydney’s “LY Lawyers Prize in Criminal Law” and other various charitable events.

All of our lawyers get involved and contribute.

Welcome to our team!

Adam Ly, B. Ec., LL.B.

Director and Principal Lawyer

Adam Ly is the Principal Solicitor of LY Lawyers and is a well known Criminal Law specialist.

Adam has more than 20 years criminal law industry experience.

Adam specialises in Criminal Law but his knowledge extends to a range of different legal areas. He appears daily in the Local Courts, District Courts and the Supreme Court of NSW, and has extensive experience with complex criminal matters in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.

Adam is currently involved in the firm’s most serious cases, including defending our clients charged with murder, large commercial drug importation and supply, serious sexual assault and complex fraud matters.

Other than in New South Wales, Adam has appeared for our clients in serious criminal cases in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. He has also appeared in District and Supreme Court trials in Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. He has achieved huge success for clients who have been charged with extremely serious criminal offences throughout Australia, including numerous ‘not guilty’ verdicts in long criminal trials.

In NSW, Adam has been representing clients in numerous courts throughout the metropolitan area and country NSW. He continues to strive to protect the rights of those who have been accused of criminal offences.

Adam is a strong advocate for drug dependency rehabilitation. He assists local community organisations with various legal matters on a volunteer basis.

Adam is highly regarded for his commitment to his work and clients. His dedication to the principles of justice and fairness are what separate him from other criminal law advocates.

Ash Jawas, LL.B

Senior Associate

Ash brings to our team a wealth of criminal law experience both here in Australia and overseas. With more than 15 years experience as a Lawyer, Ash has been tasked with managing our ever-growing Parramatta office. Ash was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand. During his career he has practiced in all areas of law, though  he has predominantly focused on criminal law for more than a decade. He has represented clients in all jurisdictions throughout NSW including the Childrens, Local, District and Supreme Court as well as the Court of Criminal Appeal. Ash has a passion for criminal law, and aided with his strong work ethic, knowledge of the law and experience, he is able to achieve desired results for those that he represents.

 

Yashvi Shah LL.B LL.M

Senior Associate

Yashvi Shah has been working in the legal profession for the last 10 years. As a courageous and ethical Advocate, Yashvi is highly skilled in running all local court hearings and applications, District and Local Court sentences and appeals, and instructing Counsel in complex, serious trials not limited to Murder, Manslaughter, Sexual Assaults, Armed Robberies and Child Abuse offences.

Yashvi has extensive knowledge and experience with the criminal justice system, and represents all clients fairly and equally. Prior to joining LY Lawyers, Yashvi had attained a Partnership in a boutique law firm and has managed her own business building valuable stakeholder relations.

Yashvi’s uniqueness was rewarded when she was invited as a guest speaker at Ted X Youth in 2018 to present an inspirational speech on how and what makes her a daring Lawyer (https://youtu.be/GOHi5FY6tjo). She is unafraid to be vocal both inside and outside the Courtroom and that is why she finds pleasure in standing up for human rights, especially defending the client diligently in their best interests.

Sam Karnib B. Comm, LL.B

Criminal Defence Lawyer

Sam specialises in criminal law and has come to our firm having worked at a boutique criminal law firm in Western Sydney. Over the years Sam has worked closely with Australia’s leading barristers and has reputation for outstanding preparation, hard work and great communication with clients.

Sam has dedicated his career to defending those charged with criminal offences. He is fanatical about the law and is devoted to achieving the best outcome for each client.

Sam appears as a solicitor in the Local Court, District Court and Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeal for various matters, including defended hearings, sentence hearings, bail applications and committal hearings. Sam’s advocacy skills are exceptional and is able and willing to assist any client no matter how big or small the charges are.

Sam recognises that facing criminal charges and appearing in court can be quite daunting on the client and he will stand beside his clients throughout the entire experience. He is approachable and is easily able to connect with clients.

Sam is a meticulous lawyer whose attention to detail ensures that every aspect of your case will be thoroughly investigated.

Skye Buchanan B. Comm, LL.B

Criminal Defence Lawyer

Skye specialises in Criminal Law but she does acquire knowledge in other areas of the law, such as Civil and Family Law proceedings.

Skye appears daily in the Local Court and District Court. She has represented client’s in complex criminal jury trial’s at the District Court, such as serious drug importation and possession matters, serious aggravated kidnapping, and dealing with property suspected to be proceeds of crime matters. Skye has further knowledge in sentence and convictions appeals dealt with in the Court of Criminal Appeal (NSW Supreme Court).

Skye acquired a passion for Criminal Law at a very young age. Skye upholds a paramount duty to the Court and the administration of Justice. Her client’s interest to justice are held at a high degree, and she strives to achieve the best outcome possible. She will deliver high quality legal advice and be thorough and accurate throughout the whole process when representing her client in Court.

Skye’s interests are helping people who suffer from a Mental Heath issue or a Mental Illness who come into contact with the criminal justice system. She has had experience in dealing with people who suffer from drug induced psychosis, depression and anxiety disorders.

Skye is very approachable and her willingness to help is what separates her from other Criminal Lawyers.

Theresa Garofalo

Office Manager

Maryana Hanna

Paralegal

Vi La

Paralegal

Barristers We Brief

“Lawyers” in the Criminal Defence Law profession generally fall into separate and distinct categories, “Solicitors” and “Barristers”. Barristers form a separate part of the legal profession, and work in separate offices to solicitors called “Barrister’s Chambers”. Barristers are generally required to assist solicitors in serious criminal cases, often dealt with in the higher courts of NSW, such as the District Courts, or the Supreme Court of NSW.

Much like Specialist Doctors and GPs in the Medical profession, Barristers are instructed by solicitors to assist with particularly difficult cases that are dealt with in the higher courts, for example Murder or Manslaughter.

At LY Lawyers, we instruct Barristers of the highest calibre and reputation, with a wide range of Junior and Senior Counsel (also known as a “QC”) working with us on a regular basis.We have worked and continue to work with Barristers in various Chambers throughout Sydney, including:

  • Forbes Chambers – Philip Boulten SC, Marugan Thangaraj SC, Grant Brady S.C, Troy Edwards and others,
  • Sir Owen Dixon Chambers- Winston Terracini S.C, Bart Vasic
  • Samuel Griffiths Chambers – Anthony Bellanto QC and others
  • Ada Evan’s Chambers – Anthony Parsons, and others

…and many more.

We have been very successful in defending serious criminal charges, working well with the Barristers we brief, both in Sydney and Interstate.

If you would like us to instruct a Barrister in your case, we are happy to introduce you to the various Barristers we brief to help us achieve the best result in your case.

Contact us for your Free initial consultation. Available at our Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Liverpool, Wollongong or Newcastle office.

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Achieving results one case at a time

Highly recommend! Joseph handled my case and got the result he said i would, communication was great and his advice on what to do to help my case was great, dont hesitate to give them a call if you ever need legal help.

Todd Hurring

Ly Lawyers
5.0
2017-06-25T22:46:32+00:00

Todd Hurring

Highly recommend! Joseph handled my case and got the result he said i would, communication was great and his advice on what to do to help my case was great, dont hesitate to give them a call if you ever need legal help.

Achieving results one case at a time

Want to say a big thanks to Adam and the team, was looking at jail without a doubt, already had 2 other common assaults, a GBH, and a fair few other charges on my record and facing another GBH. Never done jail before and thought this was my time for sure. Great service from them, Adam always answered my calls and step me through everything the whole way. Managed to stay out of jail with a ICO order, big win, thanks again, highly recommend

Breno T.

Ly Lawyers
5.0
2017-06-25T22:53:27+00:00

Breno T.

Want to say a big thanks to Adam and the team, was looking at jail without a doubt, already had 2 other common assaults, a GBH, and a fair few other charges on my record and facing another GBH. Never done jail before and thought this was my time for sure. Great service from them, Adam always answered my calls and step me through everything the whole way. Managed to stay out of jail with a ICO order, big win, thanks again, highly recommend

Achieving results one case at a time

I just wanted to say a big thank you to LY Lawyers. My husband just got his sentence at Parramatta District Court last week, expecting to be in jail a lot longer. He was charged with supplying commercial drugs. LY Lawyers represented him with great passion and commitment, all of their staff chipping in to get a short sentence. Only a year to go before he gets out!

Kim Smith

Ly Lawyers
5.0
2017-06-25T22:53:58+00:00

Kim Smith

I just wanted to say a big thank you to LY Lawyers. My husband just got his sentence at Parramatta District Court last week, expecting to be in jail a lot longer. He was charged with supplying commercial drugs. LY Lawyers represented him with great passion and commitment, all of their staff chipping in to get a short sentence. Only a year to go before he gets out!

Achieving results one case at a time

It was a pleasure to work with LY Lawyers. They got me off from my charge. Could not thank them enough!

William Song

Ly Lawyers
5.0
2017-06-25T22:54:34+00:00

William Song

It was a pleasure to work with LY Lawyers. They got me off from my charge. Could not thank them enough!

Achieving results one case at a time

Joseph was amazing and did a fine job representing me in my case. He got the job done and got me the result I wanted.

Habib Rahman

Ly Lawyers
5.0
2017-06-25T22:55:09+00:00

Habib Rahman

Joseph was amazing and did a fine job representing me in my case. He got the job done and got me the result I wanted.

Achieving results one case at a time

Joseph you did an amazing job representing me at Sydney District court . My prior lawyer didn't do anything for me in the local court, but u guys were great in the district court. Thanks for being patient with me too.

Josh Tyler

Ly Lawyers
5.0
2017-06-25T22:56:43+00:00

Josh Tyler

Joseph you did an amazing job representing me at Sydney District court . My prior lawyer didn't do anything for me in the local court, but u guys were great in the district court. Thanks for being patient with me too.

Achieving results one case at a time

I just wanted to say thank you for helping me with my case and THANK YOU for the section 10!

Craig H

Ly Lawyers
5.0
2017-06-25T22:57:53+00:00

Craig H

I just wanted to say thank you for helping me with my case and THANK YOU for the section 10!

Achieving results one case at a time

The team at LY Lawyers were great to deal with, after getting charged with a minor offence. The costs were upfront and affordable. Communication was great and I felt like they really cared about me. If I was ever in trouble again they would be my first point of call for help.

Sarah Davies

Ly Lawyers
5.0
2017-02-01T00:09:03+00:00

Sarah Davies

The team at LY Lawyers were great to deal with, after getting charged with a minor offence. The costs were upfront and affordable. Communication was great and I felt like they really cared about me. If I was ever in trouble again they would be my first point of call for help.

Achieving results one case at a time

What a result from a great team!

Adam handled my case and put everything he had into it. He's a great lawyer at affordable fees. Would highly recommend.

John L.

Ly Lawyers
5.0
2017-02-01T01:38:38+00:00

John L.

What a result from a great team! Adam handled my case and put everything he had into it. He's a great lawyer at affordable fees. Would highly recommend.
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