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“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”

Criminal Lawyers and Advocates Guest Lawyers has a team of experts dedicated to getting results. Our lawyers have extensive experience in a wide range of matters in all parts of the East Coast of Australia. Please use the links below to find out more about our team.

Adam Guest
Director / Criminal Lawyer

Adam is the Legal Practice Director of Guest Lawyers, a firm he established in 2008.

He was admitted to practice in Queensland , New South Wales and the High Court in 1999 after completing two years of articles of clerkship.

Adam has practiced in Criminal Law for the entirety of his career which has seen him appear in all jurisdictions as an advocate in trials, bail applications, sentences and appeals. He has represented people charged in many high profile matters, including the first successful defence of the VLAD laws.

A natural progression of Adam’s practice has been the necessary appearance for Judicial Review of Parole Board decisions and appearing in Criminal Proceeds Confiscations matters.

He is regularly instructed to appear in coercive hearings before the Crime and Corruption Commission and the Australian Crime Commission.

Because of his expertise and support for practitioners in the industry he is considered an industry leader.

Not prone to media comment he has let his court results build his reputation.

For a conference please contact him on 0415 468 957.

Kris Jahnke
Partner

Kris has carved out a successful career in the fields of criminal law, administrative law and litigation since starting in the industry in 2005. He has worked on a number of high profile cases and developed a unique knowledge of the requirements to properly defend a person’s rights.

Kris has experience working with clients charged with Murder, Serious Drug Offences, Assaults, Serious Sex Offences including Child Sex Offences, Stealing, Fraud at Commonwealth and State Level and Traffic Offences. Kris has also had experience making Applications to the Magistrates court including Special Hardship Order Applications and Work Licence Applications.

In addition to his extensive experience in criminal law, he also regularly represents clients involved in commercial litigation.

Kris is regularly retained to appear in trials before the Magistrates Court, District and Supreme Court. He also regularly appears before the Court of Appeal and the District Court in its appellant jurisdiction. He also has experience in the Federal jurisdictions including the High Court.

Kris is committed to ensuring clients know where they stand in relation to their legal defence by making himself available at all hours of the day. He has a strong belief that for lawyers to properly represent a client they must be easily accessible and willing to talk through any issues the client may have.

Kris has graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. He is also admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

Kris is available on his mobile on 0418 865 443 (24 hrs a day/7days a week) or by email: krisjahnke@guestlawyers.com.au.

Adam Dwyer
Partner

Adam has completed Bachelor and Masters degrees in law. He has been awarded postgraduate degrees in Commercial Law and Criminology and has completed a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Justice.

He is a former lecturer in Justice Studies at Queensland TAFE and is presently studying towards his Doctor of Laws.

Adam is well placed by virtue of his qualifications to advise and represent corporate clients and individuals in all white collar crime matters. He appears in all courts and Crime Commission hearings.

On the basis of his tertiary qualifications, one might be forgiven for thinking that Adam is an ‘academic’ lawyer. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“It’s hardly surprising that I learned most about the workings of criminal law investigating major crime in Brisbane and prosecuting in the Magistrates Court. I am now well entrenched in private practice and really enjoying my role as a criminal defence advocate in a leading firm."

Every day, Adam combines these experiences and the perspectives they bring for the benefit of his clients. He plays an important supervisory role in the Brisbane office.

Nick Brown
Solicitor

Nick has successfully represented many clients charged with various criminal offences. Those offences include murder, drug trafficking, assaults, sexual offences and State and Commonwealth fraud.

His ability to clearly and effectively communicate with his clients, the Courts and those representatives from either the Police or the Director's Office puts his clients in the best possible position before the Courts.

Nick also has extensive experience representing clients charged with serious assault matters who work in the Security Industry and those clients who find themselves before any number of Commissions of Inquiry.

Nick has extensive advocacy experience appearing in matters ranging from the Magistrates Court to the Supreme Court of Queensland. Nick is well placed to deal with any offence before the Courts. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

It is from those attributes forged from his hard fought criminal battles and his 8 years experience with personal injury matters at a statutory level, that Nick is well equipped to represent and advocate for all manners of personal injury matters.

Nick delivers outstanding service and advice with respect to those personal injury matters arising out of motor vehicle accidents, work cover claims and PIPA.

His experience across the board is a genuine asset to the Guest Lawyers team.

Nick is available on his mobile on 0433 530 657 (24 hrs a day/7days a week) or by email: nickbrown@guestlawyers.com.au.

Tanya Gallagher
Office Manager

Tanya has been working at Guest Lawyers for eight years and is employed as the Office Manager. She completed a Certificate II in Business Operations at the Sarina Russo Institute in 1997 and has been working in law since that time.

Tanya enjoys the diversity of the criminal defence field and is an integral member of the operations of Guest Lawyers.

Sarah Jowitt
Law Clerk

Sarah has been in the employ of Guest Lawyers since 2015. She is a highly valued member of the firm, who exercises her experience and knowledge of law to work efficiently and support our solicitors in delivering the best results for their clients.

During her tenure at Guest Lawyers she has gained a wealth of experience in appearing before all court jurisdictions in Queensland, including the Magistrates, District and Supreme courts and instructed on a range of very serious criminal proceedings. She has also worked on several personal injury matters arising out of motor vehicle accidents, WorkCover claims and PIPA. Sarah anticipates to graduate from her degree in a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Justice at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017 where she will continue working in criminal and personal injuries law.

Sarah is available on her mobile on 0421 423 207 or via email at sarahjowitt@guestlawyers.com.au.

Jac Thong
Law Clerk

Jac has been a Law Clerk in the employ of Guest Lawyers since 2013. He is a highly valued member of the firm, who exercises his experience and knowledge of criminal law to work efficiently and support our solicitors in delivering the best results for their clients.

He epitomises professionalism and being personable in the work place, with an intense focus towards perfection. Jac has been exposed to and instructed on a range of very serious criminal proceedings, as well as matters concerning administrative law and litigation. He is the law clerk sought after to assist in preparing for any serious matter.

During his tenure at Guest Lawyers he has gained a wealth of experience in appearing before all court jurisdictions in Queensland, including the Magistrates, District and Supreme courts. Jac is in his final year of a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business (Finance) degree at the Queensland University of Technology.

Jac is available on his mobile on 0406 446 732 or via email at jacthong@guestlawyers.com.au.

Lewis Hunter
Law Clerk

Lewis has been a working as Law Clerk at Guest Lawyers since 2015. He is an integral member of the team, who prides himself on liaising with clients effectively and not leaving any query unanswered.

His trademark is intensely immersing himself in any matter so he can problem solve at length with both solicitors and counsel, to help deliver the best result for a client. Lewis is dedicated to furthering his knowledge and experience in criminal and administrative law and does so by working fiercely to make a habit of achieving positive results for our firm.

Since beginning at Guest Lawyers, Lewis has gained valuable experience appearing before a number of courts throughout Queensland, including the Magistrates, District and Supreme courts. Lewis is in his fourth year of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business degree at the Queensland University of Technology.

Lewis is available on his mobile on 0458 018 675 or via email at lewishunter@guestlawyers.com.au.