Criminal Lawyers Perth

Looking to hire the best criminal lawyers in Perth?
Then, look no further than the expert team of criminal lawyers (barristers and solicitors) employed by Lawson Legal.

Our legal team can represent you on any criminal related matter you might need assistance with, in a discreet and confidential manner.

Our principal lawyer, Richard Lawson, has 25 years of experience in the legal industry and is available Monday to Saturday, plus on Sundays by appointment. He is also readily available 24/7 for emergencies.

We specialise in representing clients in a holistic manner in relation to their needs. No matter the size or magnitude of your matter, we’re confident we can help you achieve the best outcome. Lawson Legal services clients from all over Western Australia and are readily available to assist you with your initial consultation.


Specialised boutique Perth-based criminal law firm

Richard Lawson LegalLawson Legal is a specialised boutique Perth-based criminal law firm representing all Commonwealth and State criminal law matters. Richard Lawson, our principal criminal lawyer in Perth, practises not only in the greater Perth area, but also in all rural areas of Western Australia.

Whether you are facing a drug offence, assault allegation or even a serious driving charge, Lawson Legal can provide you with professional Perth criminal lawyers to conduct your trial or sentencing plea.

The Lawson Legal team also includes legal practitioners, paralegals, support staff and consults with numerous professionals to better service individual client needs.



If you’re seeking legal representation or advice as the accused, our experienced Perth-based team can help.

Sexual Assaults

Should you, or anyone you know, need help in relation to assault, contact us for a consultation with Richard Lawson.


Robbery is a very serious offence and penalties are severe (usually comprising terms of imprisonment).


If a person enters someone’s property, without their consent, and commits an offence they can be charged with burglary.

Theft (Stealing)

Stealing is an offence which attract a range of penalties from fines to imprisonment. Need help? Contact Lawson Legal today.

Drug Offences

Should you find yourself on a drug possession charge, make sure you secure the representation of expert drug lawyers.

Contact an experienced Perth


Lawson Legal prides itself in its professionalism and expertise as experienced defence and criminal lawyers Perth residents can trust. We achieve success in establishing relationships of trust by taking the time to understand your needs and instructions.

Criminal legal advice is provided in simple plain English terms and initial legal advice (on the phone) is free. When choosing Lawson Legal, you will receive accurate and current information concerning your criminal matter.

It is anticipated that Lawson Legal will continue to maintain a prominent presence within Perth and throughout regional Western Australia. If you are seeking sound legal advice, from an experienced Perth criminal lawyer, contact Lawson Legal – Perth criminal lawyers.

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Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson

The principal defence lawyer, Mr Richard Lawson, studied criminology and worked within the criminal justice system in Canada for 10 years before studying criminal law in Perth commencing in 1992.

With 19 years of working experience, and 25 years of total legal experience, Richard achieves excellent results for his clients.

Anthony Eyers

Anthony Eyers

Lawson Legal refers serious trial matters and appeals to Mr Anthony Eyers of Equus Chambers.

Anthony was born and educated in England. He was called to the English Bar by Inner Temple in 1994, before practicing exclusively in criminal law in London, Manchester and Liverpool until 2007. Since 2008 Anthony has practiced as a criminal barrister in Perth, Western Australia.

Michelina lawson

Michelina Lawson

Ms Michelina Lawson has been the practice manager of Lawson Legal for over 10 years. She is responsible for the administration of the firm including all financial and business activities.

Michelina also manages all correspondence and maintenance of the office to ensure full compliance is adhered to.


Initially, Richard Lawson became involved in the Canadian criminal justice system in July 1985 when he replaced the night supervisor of an Ottawa Community Residential Centre (halfway house), who was murdered by a resident.

Upon migrating to Western Australia in April 1991, Richard was employed as a Community Corrections Officer in Kalgoorlie before transitioning to law school at The University of Western Australia. Richard completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Master of Laws (LLM) before being admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in December 2000.

After a few years working as a State Prosecutor, Richard established a Perth-based practise as a criminal defence lawyer. He continues to practise as a criminal lawyer conducting criminal matters in the Supreme, District, and Magistrates Courts of Western Australia.

Richard provides affordable, accessible legal advice through:

  • Strong negotiation skills with police and prosecutors to achieve the best outcome for clients;
  • Excellent communication skills in conveying criminal law and procedure to clients in simple terms;
  • Excellent analytical skills in interpreting legislation, case law and police briefs;
  • Representing clients in a holistic way to address all their concerns such as financial, marital, psychological/psychiatric issues and addictions;
  • Being contactable outside of office hours and in emergencies 24/7
Why choose Richard Lawson Legal


We’ve helped 100s of clients just like you. Here’s some of their reviews:

Caeser D★★★★★
“Found to be a very competent and caring lawyer. Gave me and my family peace of mind. Definitely would recommend him to anyone. He helped us tremendously and we got a great result. Thanks Richard and the staff at Lawson Legal.”
Rose T★★★★★
“The best lawyer ever! Very considerate and knowledgeable. I recommend Lawson Legal to anyone and everyone. An amazing legal firm. Thank you very much for your generous help.”
Clint D★★★★★
“From the first moment I spoke with Richard I was impressed with his knowledge and openness. Richard made me feel at ease with the impending case and at no point made me feel anything other than confident that I would receive the best possible representation. I can’t speak highly enough of Richard and his team.”


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