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.

Our Legal Services:


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 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 Legal

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 19 years of working experience, and 25 years of total 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.

Jared lawyer

Jared Buckingham

Jared Buckingham is a high achieving mature-aged paralegal, who is transferring from a commerce degree at Curtin University to pursue law with the ambition of becoming a 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 defence 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 defence military justice system.  Lawson Legal is instrumental in providing valuable advice to defence force employees on their rights, obligations and entitlements.

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

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.