Allison Hawkins Barrister | Wardell Chambers Sydney

Allison Hawkins

Called to the bar in 2014
Areas of practice

With a reputation as an effective and skilful advocate, Allison has an established legal practice spanning both criminal and civil law.
Having extensive experience in criminal law, Allison is regularly briefed by both prosecution and defence, including government agencies and private individuals in complex criminal trials, short matters, applications and appeals. The nature of these matters includes drug possession and supply, sexual assault, kidnap, armed robbery, misconduct in public office, fraud and deception, taxation, white collar criminal offences, attempted murder and murder.
Her civil practice extends to providing advice and acting in a broad range of matters, particularly high-risk offender applications, forensic patient applications, judicial review and administrative law matters, intentional torts and professional discipline disputes.
Appearing regularly in the Supreme, District and Local Courts of New South Wales, as well as other Courts and Tribunals, Allison is a strong trial lawyer with clear communication and effective cross examination skills. She has also appeared in appellate courts, including the High Court of Australia.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Allison worked for almost a decade at Legal Aid NSW’s regional and head offices where she gained significant experience as a solicitor, criminal relief lawyer and senior committals lawyer, prior to which she also gained experience as a solicitor in private practice. Such experience, coupled with her specialist accreditation in criminal law while practising as a solicitor, has served to bolster Allison’s knowledge and expertise, particularly in the criminal law field.
  • 2014   Called to the Bar of New South Wales
  • 2002 Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia
  • 2007 - 2014  Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law)
  • 2001  Bachelor of Laws:University of Newcastle
  • 1999  Bachelor of Commerce:University of Newcastle
  • 2014–present Barrister, Wardell Chambers
  • 2008 – 2014 Senior Committals Solicitor, Head Office and Burwood Regional Office, Legal Aid NSW Criminal Relief
  • 2006 – 2008 Lawyer, Head Office, Legal Aid NSW
  • 2004 – 2006 Solicitor, Dubbo Regional Office, Legal Aid NSW
  • 2003 – 2004 Solicitor, Gosford Regional Office, Legal Aid NSW
  • 2002 – 2003Solicitor, Walsh & Blair Lawyers, Wagga Wagga, NSW
  • Member,New South Wales Bar Association
  • Member Assessment Committee, Specialist Accreditation Scheme in Criminal Law(2008–2015)
  • Rotational Member, Legal Aid Review Committee(2012–2013)
  • Member,New South Wales Bar Association Legal Aid Committee(2014–2015)
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS Allison has been a regular presenter on the topic of Sentencing at the NSW Bar Association’s Reader’s Course (2014 – 2017). She has also been a contributor to the Young Lawyer’s Guide to Criminal Law publication
SELECT CASES Appellate Courts
  • Higgins v The Queen (Cth) NSWCCA [2018] 258 Led by Michael McHugh SC – Appeared for the Crown in a matter relating to allegations of jury misconduct
  • Kendirjian v Lepore [2017] HCA 13 (29March2017) and Kendirjian v Lepore [2015] NSWCA 132 Led by John Agius SC – New South Wales Court of Appeal decision overturned by the High Court following the decision of the High Court in Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Ltd [2016] HCA 16, relating to the scope of advocates immunity
  • Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth) v Pratten (No 2) (2017) 94 NSWLR 194; [2017] NSWCCA 42; Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth) v Pratten [2016] NSWCCA 322 Led by Michael McHugh SC – Appeared for Crown in in successful appeal against sentence of an offender convicted of taxation offences
  • Bulga Underground Operations Pty Ltd v Nash [2016] NSWCCA 37 Led by John Agius SC–Appeared for the State in an appeal by a Mining Company following its conviction and sentence of Workplace Safety infringements
  • Hall v R [2015] NSWCCA 298 Unled, Hall v Director of Public Prosecutions [2015] NSWSC 839, Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) v Hall, Jason [2015] NSWLC 12 – Appeared for accused in a series of matters relating to the judicial review of a Magistrate’s decision relating to the timing of elections in committal matters by the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions.
  • Drysdale v R [2015] NSWCCA 135 Led by Peter Neil SC–Appeared for accused in a successful appeal against an unreasonable jury verdict
Supreme Court of New South Wales / Federal Court of Australia (unled)
  •  Attorney General for NSW v Kappen by his tutor Jennifer Thompson [2018] NSWSC 619 and Attorney General for NSW v MZ [2017] NSWSC 1773 – Appeared for forensic patients in relation to State Applications to extend Forensic Patient Status
  • MLC Limited v Crickitt [2017] FCA 898; MLC Limited v Crickitt (No 2) [2017] FCA 937 – Appeared for client convicted of murder in forfeiture proceedings
  • Prineas v Prineas [2015] NSWSC 1845–Successful application for default judgement

High Risk Offender Applications
Appearances for the respondent in a number of Applications brought by the State relating to continuing detention or extended supervision of convicted persons the State has sought to be declared High Risk Offenders:
  • State of New South Wales v Whaley [2018] NSWSC 759
  • State of New South Wales v Hampton [2018] NSWSC 360
  • State of New South Wales v Sleeman [2018] NSWSC 1360
  • State of New South Wales v Strong [2018] NSWSC 1113
  • State of New South Wales v Strong by his tutor Frank Ainsworth [2018] NSWSC 1438
  • State of New South Wales v Wilson (Preliminary) [2017] NSWSC 1367
  • State of NSW v Vincent [2017] NSWSC 858
  • State of New South Wales v Sharpe [2017] NSWSC 469
  • State of New South Wales v Martin [2017] NSWSC 414
District Court of New South Wales (Unled)
  • R v Tsekas [2018] NSWDC 187; R v Tsekas (No2) NSWDC 188–Appeared for the Crown in a matter in which a finding of Not Guilty by virtue of a mental illness was appropriate
  • R v Nabalarua; R v Quinlan [2017] NSWDC 328–Appeared for indigenous accused in sentencing proceedings for armed robberies following trial
  • R v Altinok [2015] NSWDC 419 – Appeared for accused in sentencing proceedings relating to violence and break and enter
  • R v Bassim Karim [2016] NSWDC 261 – Appeared for accused in sentencing proceedings relating to manufacture of prohibited drugs
  • R v Ammari [2010] NSWDC 301–Appeared for accused in sentencing proceedings relating to fraud offences