Avinash Singh

Avinash Singh is our exclusively recommended Criminal Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Avinash directly using the contact details listed above.

Avinash is the Principal Lawyer of Astor Legal.

He is one of Australia’s most respected and highly sought-after lawyers, having represented some of Australia’s elite sportspeople including Olympians & National Rugby League (NRL) players.

Avinash commenced his legal career over ten years ago as a law clerk with some of Australia’s most well-known barristers. There he worked on some of the country’s most prolific cases.

He was able to learn first-hand from Senior Counsel & Queens Counsel the techniques used by them to analyse voluminous and complex material and develop successful case strategies.

Upon his admission he began honing his advocacy skills in courtrooms throughout New South Wales and has built a reputation as one of the Australia’s most fearsome advocates.

Some of Avinash’s most notable and highest profile cases include:

  • representing rugby league great Andrew Johns and forcing prosecutors to withdraw all proceedings against him before the first court date;
  • persuading the Court to not record a conviction against an Australian Olympian for serious drug charges. Mr Singh was also able to ensure that his client’s name was not published in any media reports;
  • a successful appeal to the High Court which transformed the landscape of Evidence law in Australia and resulted in the prosecution being unable to present any evidence against his client;
  • representing the son of a prominent overseas government official and obtaining ‘not guilty’ verdicts for multiple sexual assault charges against him;
  • the only acquittal in the greyhound racing ‘live-baiting’ scandal;
  • dozens of acquittals in sexual assault trials, commercial drug trials, complex fraud trials, grievous bodily harm, robbery, dangerous driving occasioning death, proceeds of crime and various other trial matters;
  • murder & manslaughter cases which have attracted media attention;
  • representing companies and individuals in corporate crime (ie. white collar crime) proceedings and investigations, money laundering, bribery and other forms of corruption.

Avinash is respected by Judges and Magistrates as a persuasive advocate. He has an exceptional record in having clients found ‘not guilty’ as well as avoiding criminal convictions if they choose to plead guilty. Mr Singh is often able to negotiate to have charges dismissed or downgraded when other lawyers cannot.

He has recognised by the Law Society as an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law. This is a title that less than 6% of lawyers in Australia have been honoured with, putting him in a truly elite bracket. This achievement was made all the more impressive as he achieved this title before the age of 30.

He has since been appointed to the Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee. This is the body that develops & conducts the assessments for lawyers who are applying to be Accredited Specialists in Criminal Law.

Other members of the profession often seek out his advice on complex legal matters. His success has seen him be recognised in television, radio, online and print media. Journalists regularly contact him for his legal expertise on breaking news and legal developments.

Jim Doyle

Jim Doyle is our exclusively recommended Commercial Arbitration expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jim directly using the contact details listed above.

Jim is an accredited mediator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Doyles Construction Lawyers was established in 1991 by its Principal Lawyer, Jim Doyle and has since grown expanded into four states with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. We are Construction Law specialists and our expertise includes construction contract reviews and amendments, drafting and structuring, building dispute resolution, construction negotiation, payment claims, litigation, arbitration, general advice and more.

Doyles Construction Lawyers acts for a diverse range of clients which are involved in the municipal, construction, engineering, and development industries and include government agencies, statutory authorities, principals, head contractors and subcontractors alike. From small residential projects to major civil and commercial developments, we are well equipped to handle all types of projects and represent parties at all stages of project development from planning, tendering, design and construction, to project delivery and dispute resolution.

We have a team of experienced and capable staff who can assist in a wide range of Construction Law matters. Our staff come from multidisciplinary backgrounds having worked in legal services, building construction, engineering and related industries. This provides our clients with the benefits of a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of construction projects and the associated legal issues.

Doyles Construction Lawyers has represented clients on a number of high-end developments including major shopping centres in both Queensland and South Australia, various Government and private investor projects in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. Our team members also regularly present at industry conferences on topics of current interest and publish a newsletter which features recent Court decisions of specific relevance to the construction industry.

Stephen Moloney

Stephen Moloney is our exclusively recommended Constitutional Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Stephen directly using the contact details listed above.

Stephen is a senior barrister in Melbourne and a member of the Victorian Bar who practises in corporate and commercial law, administrative and constitutional law, equity, professional discipline, professional negligence, insurance, banking and finance, defamation, trade practices, property law, medical negligence, family law (appellate) and gambling regulation.

Stephen practises in the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Victoria and Federal Courts (trial and appellate). He is also a Member of the Australian Bar Association and is admitted in New South Wales and Western Australia and a member of the Bar in each of those States.

Stephen is the Chairperson of the Medicare Participation Review Committee of Australia, thrice appointed by the Federal Government. By this office he chairs a committee which makes determinations about whether certain health practitioners should retain the right to participate in the Medicare Scheme.

Stephen Moloney is the immediate Past-Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (Victorian Chapter), and The Medico Legal Society of Victoria, and is a member of the Administrative Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia, the Professional Standards Education Committee of the Victorian Bar and The Alfred Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee, which evaluates and authorises human research across multiple public hospitals, including The Alfred Hospital, the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Burnet Institute.

Kevin Ashby

Kevin Ashby is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kevin directly using the contact details above.

Kevin is a former chemical engineer who took an interest in intellectual property and became a patent attorney. Kevin has qualified* and worked in various countries on different continents and in and with different industries. He can probably help you through the minefield of IP law.

He has real chemical engineering experience – not merely a degree – and has worked in the field in oil and gas refining and uranium processing, but it was while working in the seductive world of diamond synthesis that he got hooked on intellectual property law.

From there he qualified as a lawyer and a patent attorney, becoming registered in his native South Africa and 12 years ago in Australia. He transitioned between these two countries via a spell working in-house in Europe in a world leader in food and nutrition. Through out his career he has been involved in patenting inventions in many vastly differing jurisdictions and has a network of agents and associates to call on for local assistance, when required.

His current practice includes a significant proportion of industrial design and trade mark related work.

My Services:

Patenting, design and trade mark attorney services – especially interested in up and coming companies and businesses. Innovation inspires.

But managing intellectual property development and usage to sustain an enterprise is where I add most value.

It is deeply satisfying to help start-ups work out strategies for building their businesses using the power of patents, designs and trade marks to support and achieve objectives.

When conflicts arise (as they tend to do) I am on hand to defend my clients’ intellectual property, ensuring their exclusive rights continue.

Industrial Experience:

  • Oil and gas refining
  • Oil from coal synthesis
  • Coal mining
  • Process metallurgy
  • Process optimization
  • Water harvesting
  • Drilling
  • Food processing
  • Animal nutrition
  • Diamond mining, detection and recovery
  • Diamond cutting
  • Electronic applications for diamonds
  • Diamond synthesis
  • Cutting tools and abrasives

Professional Memberships:

  • Registered Patent Attorney in Australia and New Zealand
  • Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Former Registered Professional Engineer
  • Registered Patent Attorney and Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (non practising)
  • Former Member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law

Tania Petsinis

Tania Petsinis is our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Tania directly using the contact details above.

A trademark is a type of intellectual property consisting of a recognisable sign, design, or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others, although trademarks used to identify services are usually called service marks. The trademark owner can be an individual, business organisation, or any legal entity. A trademark may be located on a package, a label, a voucher, or on the product itself. For the sake of corporate identity, trademarks are often displayed on company buildings. It is legally recognised as a type of intellectual property.

The first legislative act concerning trademarks was passed in 1266 under the reign of Henry III, requiring all bakers to use a distinctive mark for the bread they sold. The first modern trademark laws emerged in the late 19th century. In France the first comprehensive trademark system in the world was passed into law in 1857. The Trade Marks Act 1938 of the United Kingdom changed the system, permitting registration based on “intent-to-use”, creating an examination based process, and creating an application publication system. The 1938 Act, which served as a model for similar legislation elsewhere, contained other novel concepts such as “associated trademarks”, a consent to use system, a defensive mark system, and non claiming right system.

The symbols ™ (the trademark symbol) and ® (the registered trademark symbol) can be used to indicate trademarks; the latter is only for use by the owner of a trademark that has been registered.

Phillip Gibson

Phillip Gibson is our exclusively recommended Business Crime Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Phillip directly using the contact details listed above.

Phillip is one of Australia’s leading criminal defence lawyers. Having over 30 years of experience in all areas of criminal law his practice now focuses solely on serious, complex, and international crime.

In the field of domestic and local criminal law our reputation has been built on the principles of delivering the highest quality legal service in every type of case for over half a century, including leading cases in the High Court of Australia and the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Firm Overview:

Sydney’s Leading Defence Lawyers

Our defence lawyers are committed to providing you with the highest level of service, and achieving the best possible outcome for your case.

We are based in Sydney, but attend courts across NSW and the ACT.

For a comprehensive list of our awards please see Criminal Lawyers Awards.

For 24/7 advice on any criminal law matter, contact our defence lawyers based in the Sydney and Parramatta CBD or call us on 1300 765 801.