Alanna Papandony, Associate

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Alanna holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. She is admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and is particularly interested in criminal and family law.

Alanna is passionate about helping others. With years of customer service experience behind her, Alanna is able to understand clients’ needs in order to help them make a decision in their best interests. Alanna strives to build relationships with her clients so that they feel comfortable and confident discussing their legal issues with her. She brings a depth of knowledge to the role of legal advisor which ensures that she achieves the best outcome from every matter she is involved with.

Outside of law, Alanna is passionate about exercise and fitness. She regularly trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing.

Accreditations & Memberships

    • Member of the Law Society of New South Wales

Success Stories and Publications

No Suspension period for Speeding on Good Behaviour Licence

Our solicitor Alanna Papandony represented a 39-year old man who was employed as a sub-contracting electrician and relied on his driver’s licence for work.

The client was charged with Speed More Than 20km/h. This offence was committed while the client held a good behaviour licence that was imposed by Roads and Maritime Services due to him accumulating the maximum demerit points. A conviction for this offence would have resulted in a 6-month suspension period being imposed by Roads and Maritime Services with no right of appeal.

Our client had committed eight previous traffic offences, seven of which were also speeding.

Ms Papandony prepared relevant documents that were tendered before the Court and made oral submissions that ultimately persuaded the Magistrate to deal with the matter without recording a conviction by placing the client on a 24-month good behaviour bond. This meant that the client avoided a 6-month suspension period and did not suffer the severe financial hardship that likely would have resulted from this.

This case illustrates the importance of choosing a lawyer like Alanna Papandony, who will thoroughly prepare your matter and ensure that your case is presented in the most favourable light to achieve the best result possible, no matter the odds.

Elderly Client Avoids 12-Month Disqualification

Our solicitor Alanna Papandony represented a 76-year-old man charged with Drive in Manner Dangerous and Negligent Driving. The charges were laid after our client drove between two police vehicles that were stationed on a closed road, causing police officers to move out of his path.

If convicted of the offence of Drive in a Manner Dangerous, our client would have been subject to a minimum 12-month disqualification period. We drafted representations to the police that ultimately resulted in the withdrawal of the charge of Drive in Manner Dangerous.

Our client pleaded guilty to the charge of Negligent Driving before the Wollongong Local Court. Ms Papandony tendered materials on his behalf and made oral submissions that ultimately persuaded the Magistrate to deal with his matter by placing him on a 12-month good behaviour bond without recording a conviction. Not only did our client avoid a licence disqualification but he also avoided a fine and demerit points being accrued on his licence as a result of the Negligent Driving charge being dismissed without a conviction being recorded.

This result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly, highlighting weaknesses in the police case against our client and presenting to the court our client’s personal circumstances, with particular focus on his prior good character and low risk of reoffending.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of having your matter thoroughly prepared by a solicitor like Alanna Papandony.

Primary School Tutor Avoids Conviction

Our solicitor Alanna Papandony represented a 54-year old man at Campbelltown Local Court in relation to charges of Engage in Child-Related Work Without Clearance and Employ Worker Without Clearance or Current Application. These charges were laid after the police discovered that our client was running a primary school tuition centre without the required clearance and had hired an employee who did not hold one either.

Our client, who had never faced criminal charges before, was at risk of acquiring a criminal record, which may have hindered his ability to continue working as a primary school tutor. The Police Facts Sheet also made reference to highly prejudicial and uncharged allegations against the client. We drafted representations to the police that ultimately resulted in these matters being omitted from the Police Facts Sheet.

Ms Papandony presented persuasive oral submissions to the court with respect to the appropriate sentence and the magistrate ultimately chose to deal with both charges without recording convictions, on condition that the client enter a 12-month good behaviour bond.

The client was subsequently assessed by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian. The assessment  could have resulted in a ban from obtaining a valid Working with Children’s Clearance for a period of 5 years. Ms Papandony carefully prepared relevant documentation and drafted submissions to the Office of the Children’s Guardian, to the effect that our client did not pose a risk to the safety of children. Ultimately the office accepted this submission, which allowed the client to apply for a Working with Children’s Clearance and continue his employment as a primary school tutor.

This case illustrates the importance of choosing a solicitor like Alanna Papandony, with experience in multiple areas of law, including criminal and civil law, to assist you with all your legal needs.

No Conviction For Unreasonable Force On Child

Our solicitor Alanna Papandony represented a 32-year old male at Campbelltown Local Court in relation to a charge of Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm (Domestic Violence Related).

Our client and the victim’s mother were involved in an intimate relationship for one year. He was charged following a report to the Police after the victim’s mother noticed a large red mark on her two-year-old child’s backside 4 hours after our client returned the child home.

Our client had contributed significantly to the community through his service as a firefighter. However, he held concerns that a conviction for this offence would have had a significant consequence on his career.

Disciplining of children with the use of force has been an issue of some controversy for some time, this despite the law seeking to clarify what force can be reasonably used to discipline children. Our representation resulted in the Court exercising its discretion not to record a conviction against our client, on condition that he enter a good behaviour bond pursuant to Section 10(1)(b) of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW).

That result was achieved by focusing on how our client’s actions were at the lower end of objective seriousness for this type of offence. We focused on the degree of violence and our client’s intentions to support our case that he was otherwise a person of good character. Alanna demonstrated this with evidence that her client had engaged in counselling to address his offending behaviour, which showed our client’s remorse and contrition to the court.

The court ultimately accepted that our client was a person of good character who had no previous offences and afforded him the opportunity to walk away without a criminal conviction.  The victim was protected by an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order, which would result in serious criminal charges being laid against our client in the event of a breach.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Alanna Papandony who will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.

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