Full Name: Tim Smurthwaite
Chambers: Douglas Menzies Chambers
Room: 0203
Date of Admission: 6 Nov 1985
Called to the Bar: 10 May 2018


Tim accepts briefs for defendants in criminal and quasi criminal  matters.

Prior to coming to the bar Tim worked as a solicitor advocate for 32 years.

He had held the status of Accredited Criminal Law specialist for 20 years.

For the last four years before coming to the bar Tim was employed by Stary Norton Halphen and headed the Ringwood office.

Over the course of his career Tim has had the conduct of criminal law matters in all jurisdictions and appeared regularly in the Magistrates Court and County Court.

Tim also has experience in local government prosecutions (Food Act and Planning) and other quasi  criminal matters, coronial enquiries and IBAC matters.

Tim has had the conduct of  matters concerning the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act.

Tim is also admitted to practice in the Northern Territory.

Tim's life in criminal law was featured in an article in the Australian Financial Review, to view click here.

Tim does not accept direct briefs. He is reading with Michael Stanton and his senior mentor is George Georgiou SC.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

From 11 May 2018, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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