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Areas of Practice:  

Criminal Law 

- Summary and Indictable Matters

- White Collar Crime

- Domestic violence / IVOs

- Proceeds of crime

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals and Commissions

- Coronial Inquests

- Disciplinary Tribunals

- Regulatory Matters

Worksafe Prosecutions

Occupational Health and Safety

Common Law

- Personal injury

- Professional Negligence


Tanya has a broad practice with specific experience and interest in criminal, quasi-criminal and regulatory matters. She comes to the Bar with almost 10 years of experience, including most recently as an advocate for the Office of the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions

During her three years at the ACT DPP Tanya appeared regularly in summary contests (often multi-day matters involving expert evidence), ancillary applications, first-instance appeals, indictable pleas and regulatory cases. She also appeared unled in the ACT Supreme Court (citations below).

In addition to her advocacy practice, Tanya had the conduct of the prosecution of complex financial, sexual and homicide matters from initial stages through to trial.

Prior to working in the ACT Tanya was Associate to the Honourable Justice Kaye of the Victorian Supreme Court. She also worked for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, travelling across Australia to assist Commissioners in leading evidence from individuals in private sessions.

In the ten years since being admitted Tanya has accrued considerable experience in many areas of litigation. These area have spanned commercial disputes, criminal matters (both prosecution and defence) and disciplinary matters.

She has strong written advocacy skills and is able to produce high-quality and timely advice and written submissions. She has drafted submissions in all Courts in which she has appeared, including in the ACT Supreme Court (unled).

Tanya also holds a Master of Science (Criminal Justice) from the University of Alabama.

She is reading with Ben Ihle.

Recent cases include:

R v Forrest (No 2) [2017] ACTSC 83 / R v Forrest (No 3) [2017] ACTSC 168 (plea)

R v John (No 2) [2017] ACTSC 186 (plea)

Keir v Croatto [2017] ACTSC 222 (regulatory appeal)

R v Rogers [2017] ACTSC 67 (plea)

R v Colefax [2017] ACTSC 214 (breach of Supreme Court GBO)

Faris v Coulon [2017] ACTSC 114 (conviction appeal)

Smarzak v Fergusson [2017] ACTSC 113 (sentence appeal)

Bethke v Phelan [2016] ACTSC 328 (sentence appeal)



From 03 May 2018, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.



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