Crime rates in Perth have been steadily increasing over the past decade.  This surge has sparked a proliferation of people in need of criminal representation.  Fortunately, the growing need for criminal representation has been met by an increase in the number of criminal lawyers.  Unfortunately, there are now more novice criminal lawyers in Perth than ever before, which means that legal representation is now conducted by less experienced lawyers.  Ensuring that all people have access to proper legal representation is integral to the administration of justice.

Choosing the right experienced criminal lawyer is of paramount importance as criminal offences and procedures are not always easy to comprehend.  It is important to retain a lawyer that you will be confident in and that will act in your best interests.  This choice can be difficult given the high number of criminal lawyers now practicing in Perth.  At Lawson Legal, we aim to differentiate ourselves from this growing inexperienced breed of young lawyers.  Our mission is to achieve the best possible outcome at minimal expense to the client.


One of the largest impediments to accessing legal services is the escalating costs associated with going to court.  The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, Wayne Martin, has himself admitted that ordinary Australians are, far too regularly, unable to afford costs of legal representation.  If people cannot afford legal representation, in many cases, they are forced to represent themselves.  This is a major impediment to an accused person receiving the best possible outcome.

Lawson Legal aims to overcome this impediment by keeping legal costs as low as possible.  We offer free initial consultations and invoice our clients according to fixed fees as opposed to hourly rates so as not to run up unnecessary legal costs.  There are no hidden fees.  You will know what your matter will cost from the outset.  This means that you do not have to be worried about receiving a huge outstanding invoice at the conclusion of your proceedings.  We pride ourselves on providing affordable legal representation as we strongly believe that no one should be denied access to the best possible defence merely because they are unable to afford it.


Lawson Legal is a boutique criminal law firm based in Perth specialising in all Commonwealth and State criminal law matters.  The principal, Mr Richard Lawson, is an experienced criminal lawyer who has practised criminal law in Perth and regional Western Australia since 2000.

Richard completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) followed by a Master of Laws (LLM) at The University of Western Australia.  Upon being admitted as a barrister and solicitor he initially practiced as a State prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Western Australia.

In 2007 Richard established Lawson Legal with the view of providing specialist criminal defence services to the greater Perth region and regional Western Australia.  Since then, Richard has forged a reputation as a successful defence lawyer with an impeccable track record.  He has appeared as counsel in the Magistrates Court, the District Court, and the Supreme Court of Western Australia.  Mr Lawson has considerable experience in criminal defence work and proven skill in attaining the best possible outcomes for his clients.


Lawson Legal provides representation exclusively in criminal law and traffic law matters.

We provide 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 offences such as dangerous driving causing death or bodily harm.

If you have been charged with an offence, please contact Lawson Legal for a free initial consultation.