Richard Lawson Legal

Lawson Legal is an experienced Perth law firm, comprising criminal defence lawyers, specialising exclusively in criminal law and serious traffic matters.

We represent clients during trials, as well as sentencings, direction hearings, and bail applications. This includes matters heard at all levels of the criminal justice system in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts.

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Specialised boutique Perth-based criminal law firm

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

We provide legal services to clients who have been charged with murder, manslaughter, assaults, sexual assaults, robbery, burglary, stealing, criminal damage, and drug offences. Furthermore, we also represent accused persons charged with serious traffic matters such as dangerous driving causing death or bodily harm.

Unlike most legal firms, we operate 6 days a week. Additionally, we are available for appointments on Sundays, and emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Our legal fees are very reasonable. Your first phone consultation is free and thereafter all fees are in accordance with the current Magistrates Court Criminal Scale of Costs. Our aim is to provide an affordable, easily accessible legal service.


Yes. Legal fees are held in a trust account and will be refunded in part if circumstances surrounding the criminal matter change. For example, if a client changes their plea to guilty and the trial is vacated, or if the client terminates representation.


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. Richard was responsible for managing offenders (adults and juveniles) in group homes, secure psychiatric facilities and halfway houses.

In 1992, Richard began his studies in criminal law in Perth, Western Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), followed by a Master of Laws (LLM), at The University of Western Australia. During this academic period of six years, Richard was self-employed as an academic legal consultant responsible for formulating and lecturing various law courses at tertiary institutions within the greater Perth area.

Upon being admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Perth, Richard initially practised as a State prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Western Australia. He was employed in that position for four and a half years before establishing a Perth-based criminal law firm as a defence lawyer.

Richard Lawson is now an experienced defence lawyer, practising criminal law in Perth and regional Western Australia. He has conducted numerous criminal trials and sentencing hearings in the Supreme, District, and Magistrates Courts of Western Australia.

With over 25 years of legal experience, Richard is a highly-regarded Perth criminal lawyer. He has a solid reputation and track record within the criminal justice system, developed from his rigorous training in law.

Alana Taylor

Alana Taylor

Ms Alana Taylor is a lawyer at Lawson Legal and practices solely in criminal law matters.

Alana initially completed a Bachelor of Social Science degree from Edith Cowan University focussing on mental health issues within Western Australian society.

In 2016, Alana earned a Juris Doctor degree from Murdoch University School of Law. On the 1st of November 2017, Alana was admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Prior to achieving her academic qualifications, Alana held various positions in the State Government and worked exclusively in the human resources area. Alana was primarily responsible for the implementation and compliance of recruitment and selection processes for the appointment of staff.

Alana is very dedicated and thorough in determining criminal law matters. She strives to provide clients with a personalised, holistic approach in resolving their conflicts within the criminal law jurisdiction in WA.

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.

Mr Eyers has defended in more than thirty homicide trials, as well as representing accused persons facing allegations across every aspect of the criminal law spectrum. Anthony believes wholeheartedly in the presumption of innocence and the right of all individuals to receive a fair trial; in which the evidence against them is fearlessly tested to breaking point.

During the course of innumerable trials clients have included, amongst thousands of others, doctors, lawyers, politicians, policemen, accountants, organised crime members and hit men (as it proved).

Anthony has a particular interest in complex financial cases but prides himself in representing all persons facing criminal allegations with equal energy, concern and single-mindedness.

Anthony brings to bear unswerving attention to detail and total commitment to case preparation and trial conduct in seeking the optimum result for his client.

Anthony was named as the lawyer of the week by The Times in England several years ago and he is featured in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Doyle’s Guide to The Australian Legal Profession as a leading criminal law barrister (as identified by his peers for his abilities and expertise).

Jared lawyer

Jared Buckingham

Jared Buckingham is a high-achieving, mature-aged military consultant, with the aspiration of becoming a criminal defence lawyer for civilian and military personnel.

Jared recently left the Australian Defence Force where he was employed for over eight years in an elite role as an Australian Navy Clearance Diver. Clearance Divers are the Australian Defence Forces’ specialist divers. They are conditioned to work in precarious and high-pressure environments using a variety of specialist skill-sets that include; the extensive use of small arms, specialist diving missions, surface and underwater demolitions, and the rendering safe and disposal of conventional explosive ordnance and improvised explosive devices.

During his tenure in the military, Jared has developed a keen interest in military law and is extremely passionate in seeking justice for unlawfully mistreated defence employees. Jared is very familiar and experienced with the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 (DFDA), Department of Veteran’s Affairs policy (DVA) and the Australian military justice system. Lawson Legal is instrumental in providing valuable advice to defence force personnel on their rights and obligations when in conflict with Western Australian criminal law.

Jared has chosen this pathway to become a defence/military consultant because of his social conscience and his desire to achieve the best outcome for the client. Jared is friendly and approachable who understands people in conflict. He advocates relentlessly for all clients.

Dr Janis Fairbairn

Dr Janis Fairbairn, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

Clients that require physiological intervention are referred to Dr Janis Fairbairn, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Joondalup Psychology Centre.

Dr Janis Fairbairn is the founder, owner and Principal Psychologist at Joondalup Psychology Centre. Her clinical specialities are with adults, children and their families who are effected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), other anxiety or depressive disorders, addictive behaviours, or serious mental illness. Other areas of interest include intellectual and memory assessment, geriatric mental health and cross cultural psychology.

Dr Fairbairn uses evidence-based and clinically proven therapies (Psychological Therapies) and maintains a wide ranging program of professional and personal development.

Dr Fairbairn has acted in various capacities as lecturer and consulting psychologist, both nationally and internationally, where she trained therapists to use her program Frameworks for Change. This program evolved from Dr Fairbairn’s PhD research and aims to improve the mental health and coping of relatives of excessive drinkers, other drug users, gamblers and those with serious mental illnesses. Relatives are taught how to look after their own mental health as well as strategically encouraging their loved ones into treatment. More than 80% of relatives who completed Frameworks for Change reported significant improvements in their loved ones’ behaviour, and that many had entered treatment.

Dr Fairbairn has had considerable life experience as the mother of three and grandmother of six. She combines her wealth of knowledge, skill and experience with her clients’ strength, hope and experience to assist them to achieve their goals.

  • Diploma of Teaching (Psychology) Darwin Institute of Technology NT Australia 1979
  • BA (Hons) (Psychology) Murdoch University Perth Western Australia 1989
  • PhD (Clinical Psychology) University of Wollongong New South Wales Australia 2002
  • Diploma Hypnotherapy Perth Western Australia 2010
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology Edith Cowan University 2012
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Alcohol and other drug issues for both user and relatives
  • Therapy for people with serious mental illnesses and their relatives
  • Medico legal and other forensic issues
Professional Membership
  • Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (FAPS)
  • Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists (FAPSCC)
  • Fellow of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists (FAPSFC)
  • Member WA Institute of Clinical Psychologists
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.

Prior to this position, Michelina was employed within the public sector for over 20 years in senior management positions. In addition, she also was a sole trader providing financial assistance to local businesses, including strategic and operational planning, to achieve desired outcomes.

In addition to having earned a Bachelor of Business degree, Michelina is fluent in Italian and is in the process of compiling a cookbook of foods from the Mediterranean region, with an emphasis on history and culture.



Whether you’re seeking representation or advice as a victim or the accused, our team can help.


We’ve helped 100s of people across Perth in a range of serious traffic offences, including reckless driving.


Should you need representation for a trial in Perth, contact Lawson Legal and we can help.


We’ve helped 100s of people across Perth in a range of serious traffic offences, including reckless driving.


Do you need representation for a sentencing hearing? Contact the team at Lawson Legal today.


During the sentencing process, submissions can also be made for an offender to receive a spent conviction.