Paul J. Smallwood was leading counsel in proceedings that resulted in Faruk Orman’s murder conviction being set aside: (2019) 59 VR 511. He practises in criminal law and administrative law. He is a member of the Criminal Bar Association (Victoria) Committee and the Criminal Law Committee of the Australian Bar Association. He is also a member of the Greens List Committee.
Areas of Expertise
Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law
Public Law and Administrative Law
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
In 2019, Paul was – according to Doyle’s Guide – one of the:
Preeminent junior counsel practising in criminal law in Victoria; and
Leading junior counsel practising in criminal law in Australia.
Paul regularly appears before the Court of Appeal. Outside Victoria, he has appeared in cases in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia. The superior court cases that he has appeared in include (but are not limited to):
Roberts v R  VSCA 58.
Youssef v R  VSCA 240.
Neill-Fraser v Tasmania  TASSC 10.
R v Bauer (2018) 359 ALR 359.
Bayley v R (2016) 260 A Crim R 1.
Bayley v R (2013) 43 VR 335.
Hunter v R (2013) 40 VR 660.
Kosian v R (2013) 40 VR 335.
SAJ v R (2012) 36 VR 435.
The first murder trial that Paul appeared in – R v Creamer  VSC 196 – was reviewed in K Toole, ‘Self Defence and the Reasonable Woman: Equality before the New Victorian Law’ (2012) 36 Melbourne University Law Review 250.
Paul was the Secretary of Liberty Victoria from 2014 to 2018. He is an author for LexisNexis and the Lawyers Practice Manual Victoria. He holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne. Prior to coming to the Bar, he was a Public Defender at VLA Chambers. He often facilitates advocacy training at Victoria Legal Aid. He is on the Victoria Legal Aid Preferred Trial Counsel List and has been granted an Indictable Crime Certificate.