Daniel holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts-Media from Macquarie University. He completed his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law and is admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Daniel comes from an extensive customer service background and attributes his down-to-earth nature and strong communication skills to this previous experience. Prior to working with GTC Lawyers, Daniel spent several years with the NSW Department of Justice providing legal services to disadvantaged members of the community.
Daniel regularly appears in Courts across New South Wales, representing clients in a wide variety of legal matters. He holds a particular interest in the areas of Criminal Law and Civil Law and hopes to specialise in these areas eventually.
Daniel is a versatile solicitor who has proven experience in both Family Law and Immigration Law. He aims to be a strong advocate for his clients both in and out of the Courtroom. He takes great pride in achieving outstanding success for his clients, and is especially adept at explaining the legal process to them, especially when they have a limited knowledge of the law. He thoroughly enjoys appearing in Court and is a keen negotiator, adept at reaching favourable out-of-court settlements on behalf of his clients.
Daniel believes that everyone deserves good legal representation and should have access to justice. He aims to be a strong advocate for his clients and he thoroughly enjoys achieving positive results.
In his spare time Daniel is an avid rugby player, a die-hard NRL fan, and enjoys watching good films and attending live music events.
Accreditations & Memberships
- Member of the Law Society of New South Wales
- The New South Wales Young Lawyers
- The Criminal Law Committee
- The Civil Litigation Committee
Success Stories and Publications
- Small Claims Matters (NSW)
- Firearm Licences and AVO’s: Hidden Consequences
- What To Do After Motor Vehicle Accidents (NSW)
- One Punch Assaults Causing Death (NSW)
No conviction For Client On Mid-Range Drink Driving Charge And No Action Taken on Breach of Good Behaviour Bonds
Sydney solicitor Daniel Hawkes appeared in Manly Local Court for a 38-year-old male charged with Drive with Mid-Range Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol. The client was also in breach of three Good Behaviour Bonds that had been imposed the previous year, meaning that he was facing potential convictions for four separate charges.
The client was particularly concerned about the possibility of being disqualified from driving as he had shared care of his three young children and required his license to drive them to school. In addition, the client was living on the Central Coast and working in Sydney, meaning a license disqualification would have resulted in him having to spend five hours on public transport each day to attend work.
At Court Daniel was able to successfully argue that his client should not face any further penalty due to the fact he had taken steps to correct his behaviour on the road by completing a traffic offenders program and that he also had a strong need for a license.
The Magistrate ordered that no action was to be taken against the client in relation to his breaches of bonds. No conviction was recorded against the client for the charge of Drive with Mid-Range Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol on condition that he enter into a further Good Behaviour Bond for a period of 12 months. This result meant that the client remained entirely conviction free and was able to continue driving.
The case illustrates the importance of having strong legal representation for any criminal law matter. With a solicitor such as Daniel Hawkes representing you, you can be assured your case will be prepared with the utmost care and diligence.
Our solicitor Daniel Hawkes represented a 46-year-old Male at Manly Local Court in relation to a charge of Negligent Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm.
The case involved an unfortunate traffic incident that involved our client. He was driving to work early in the morning when the back gate of the truck he was driving inadvertently swung open and hit a bicycle rider in the adjacent lane. The rider was thrown from his bike and suffered serious injuries that required surgery. Police alleged that our client had failed to check that his vehicle was secure before driving that morning and they charged our client with Negligent Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm. That offence carries a maximum sentence of 9 months imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of $2,200 as well as an automatic licence disqualification period of 3 years. Our client was particularly concerned about these driving penalties, as his employment requires him to travel all around Sydney delivering materials to building sites.
Our representation resulted in the Court ordering that no conviction was to be recorded against our client on the condition that he enter into a good behaviour bond for a period of 2 years. The result meant that there was no further penalty for our client and he was able to retain his licence.
That result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly. We paid careful attention to the fact that this was an unfortunate accident and our client’s culpability was low, given there was nothing dangerous about his manner of driving that had led to the other party’s injuries being caused.
The case illustrates the importance of having a strong advocate in Court and the value of a solicitor like Daniel Hawkes who is able to present every favourable aspect of a client’s case to the Court in order to give them the best chance of a successful result.
Our solicitor Daniel Hawkes represented a client in relation to a civil claim that had been filed against her in the general division of the Local Court of NSW for close to $70,000.
The case involved our client entering into a contract for the sale of land which she had purchased in 2015 as part of a house and land package. In acquiring the land in 2015, she also entered into a home building agreement with a large building company. It was the intention of all parties that upon resale of the land, the new purchaser would also enter into a similar home building contract with the same builder, however, this did not occur. The builder subsequently filed a statement of claim in Court seeking nearly $70,000 in damages and legal costs from our client as a result of a breach of contract. We in turn, filed a defence rejecting the builder’s claims and brought the new purchasers into negotiations in order to reach a positive settlement for our client.
Our representation resulted in a settlement being negotiated outside of the Court whereby our client did not have to pay a cent to any other party. As part of this settlement, the Court dismissed the builder’s claim and our client saved significant amounts of time and money that would have been spent defending the claim in Court.
This result was achieved by carefully considering our client’s case, the actions of all parties involved and understanding that great results can be achieved through negotiation as opposed to drawn-out and costly litigation.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Daniel Hawkes who is a strong advocate for his clients both in and outside of the courtroom.