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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 and founder of Guest Lawyers. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 1999.

Adam has, for over two decades, appeared as solicitor-advocate in all jurisdictions of the Queensland criminal courts and has also represented clients in the High Court.

His specialist skills have also been sought for regulatory offences, inquests, Office of Fair Trading prosecutions and commissions of inquiry, including the CCC and the ACC.

Adam has litigated more criminal confiscation and proceeds of crime matters than any other practitioner in the State.

He is regarded by his peers as being one of Queensland’s leading criminal lawyers, often providing advice to other legal practitioners. In fact, he has been recently recognised in the Courier Mail as one of Queensland’s leading misconduct lawyers.

His record and reputation speak for themselves.

Guest Lawyers has expanded to include some of the elite of the criminal law fraternity, with each senior practitioner having trained extensively. Adam ensures that the firm maintains its ethos of excellency so that it can remain as one of the leading firms in its field.

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.

Chelsea Waters
Solicitor

Chelsea completed her Practical Legal Training with Guest Lawyers in early 2018. She subsequently joined Guest Lawyers as a Law Clerk and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in October 2018. Chelsea completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Queensland University of Technology.

Guest Lawyers has provided Chelsea with the requisite skills to represent those charged with serious criminal offences. She has worked with clients charged with Murder, Trafficking in Dangerous Drugs and other serious drug offences, Serious Sex Offences including Rape and Child Sex offences, Assaults, Stealing, Fraud and Traffic offences.

Chelsea appears in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts on a daily basis and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and District Court for appellate matters. Chelsea also completed the Youth Practitioner Certification in 2019 allowing her to represent young offenders in Childrens Court.

Chelsea is committed to maintaining strong relationships with our clients. She is an approachable lawyer that assists those charged with an offence to understand the criminal law process and is dedicated to achieving the best outcome for her clients.

Chelsea is available 24/7 on her mobile on 0413 950 751 or via email at chelseawaters@guestlawyers.com.au.

Lewis Hunter
Solicitor

Lewis commenced his employment with Guest Lawyers in 2015 as a Law Clerk. In 2019, Lewis completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at The College of Law. Lewis was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as an admitted Solicitor in December 2019.

Throughout his employment at Guest Lawyers, Lewis has been exposed to a wide range of serious criminal proceedings. He has worked with clients charged with Murder, Trafficking in Dangerous Drugs and other serious drug offences, Drug Importations, Serious Sex Offences including Rape and Child Sex offences, Assaults, Stealing, Fraud, Money Laundering, Domestic Violence and Traffic offences.

Lewis has been required to appear in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts on a daily basis since his initial employment as a law clerk in 2015, and regularly appears in the Court of Appeal and District Court for appellate matters. Lewis works fiercely to make a habit of achieving positive results for our clients and takes on a wide variety of criminal and administrative law work.

Lewis is available 24/7 on his mobile on 0458 018 675 or via email at lewishunter@guestlawyers.com.au.

Amelia Doolan
Law Clerk

Amelia is our newest member of Guest Lawyers and has quickly become an integral part of the team. She is dedicated to achieving positive results for our clients and expanding her knowledge of the law. Previously, Amelia worked at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions before becoming the Associate to His Honour Judge Coker of the District Court of Queensland. Amelia is eager to use her valuable experience to embark on her career as a criminal defence lawyer. She has appeared before the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts of Queensland. Amelia has recently completed a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Business at James Cook University and is looking forward to her admission as a Legal Practitioner.

Kirsty Brennan
Legal Secretary

Kirsty began employment in the legal industry in 2004. She gained significant experience at two Brisbane-based criminal law firms before joining Guest Lawyers in 2019. With over 16 years’ experience, Kirsty has a detailed understanding of the running of criminal law files. Her wealth of knowledge enables her to take a pragmatic approach to her work and provide helpful support to all of our lawyers in the daily progression of matters within the firm.

Kirsty has built and sustained positive professional relationships with members of the criminal law industry as well as clients. She works closely with our clients to help facilitate communication between them and our lawyers.

Karla Bee
Reception

Karla joined the Guest Lawyers team at the beginning of 2018, and has over 4 years’ experience in the criminal law industry. Karla will quite often be our client's first point of contact and is able to assist and guide them with their enquiries. Karla is responsible for the office floor with reception, filing and administrative duties.