Over 50 years of combined experience

Success in Courts Australia-Wide

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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 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 for every single client they defend.

Our lawyers are chosen for their outstanding court work and fearlessness in representing our clients.

Welcome to our team!

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

Managing Director and Principal Lawyer

Adam Ly is the Managing Director and Principal Solicitor of LY Lawyers.

Adam is a well known Criminal Law specialist.

Adam has more than 20 years criminal law industry experience.

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 and serious interstate prosecutions.

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 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.


Sam Karnib B. Comm, LL.B

Senior Associate

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.

Vanja Pjevalica LL.B, B. Arts

Criminal Defence Lawyer

Vanja is a passionate Criminal Defence Lawyer with years of experience in appearing in serious criminal trials throughout NSW.

Prior to joining our firm for a number of years Vanja assisted a prominent Criminal Barrister (who has now been appointed as a Magistrate) in defending those charges with serious indictable offences. Her District and Supreme Court experience during this time has forged her as a highly skilled trial solicitor, continuing this role at our firm in some of our most complex criminal trials.

Our clients all find Vanja to hold herself as a real professional and one who cares only for our clients’ best interests.

Natalija Labanc, B. Arts (Criminology), LL.B


Sarah Turner, B. Arts (Criminology)


Anna Grubisic

Legal Secretary

Anna is the first point of contact for any enquiries or assistance.Anna has extensive experience in administration and accounts departments as well as secretarial and executive assistance positions. She is a point of support for our lawyers and has a keen interest in the criminal law field, consistently seeking to expand her knowledge in this scope. Anna is a driven individual who enjoys a fast-paced work environment and rises to the challenges each new day brings. She is a hardworking individual who is devoted to ensuring we deliver the best possible service to our clients.

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” or “SC”) working with us on a regular basis.We have worked and continue to work with Barristers in various Chambers throughout Sydney, including:

  • Sir Owen Dixon Chambers- Winston Terracini S.C, Bart Vasic
  • Samuel Griffiths Chambers – Anthony Bellanto QC, Nicole Carroll, Adam Williams and others
  • Garfield Barwick Chambers- Greg James QC
  • Tom Percy QC (WA), Phillip Urquhart (WA),
  • Phillip Dunn QC (Vic)
  • Janice Crawford (QLD)

…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.