Taylor McAnderson, Solicitor

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Taylor holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice) from Western Sydney University. She has also completed a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law. Taylor was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Coming from a customer service background, Taylor prides herself on being an approachable and attentive lawyer and is always willing to answer any questions her clients may have. She is particularly adept at explaining the legal process to her clients to ensure that they are prepared for all that is involved.

Taylor is extremely versatile in her approach to legal matters. Whether she is inside or outside the courtroom, she aims to be a strong advocate for her clients in order to achieve the best possible results. Taylor believes that thorough preparation and strong communication skills are crucial in achieving these results.

Taylor practices in all areas, but has particular interests in criminal and family law.

In her free time, Taylor enjoys fitness, reading and travelling.

Success Stories and Publications

Repeat Offender Gets Section 32 For Drive Disqualified

Miss McAnderson represented a 24-year old woman who had been charged with her third Drive Whilst Disqualified in a nine-month period. Her commission of this offence also caused her to be in breach of a Community Correction Order.

The offence of Drive Whilst Disqualified is taken very seriously by the court. Severe penalties apply when a person commits two or more of these offences within a five-year period. Penalties which apply for Drive Whilst Disqualified when it is categorised as a ‘second or subsequent offence’ include a maximum fine of $5,500, an automatic disqualification period of 12 months and a maximum gaol term of 12 months. As this client had committed three of these offences within a nine-month period, she was facing significant penalties.

During their initial meeting, the client disclosed that she suffered from a number of mental conditions. Against this background, and after listening to the client’s version of events, Miss McAnderson immediately formed the view that it would be appropriate to seek that the Court deal with the matter pursuant to Section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1900. Section 32 of the Act gives the court the power to divert a defendant who is suffering from a mental health condition into the care and treatment of a mental health professional, rather than dealing with them through the criminal justice system.

At court, Miss McAnderson was able to persuade the Magistrate that the client’s mental conditions had materially contributed to her commission of the offence and that it would be in the public’s interests to divert her into the care of her treating psychiatrist for a period of six months. As a result, the client was able to avoid serious penalties which would have applied to this offence, and, was given the opportunity to appropriately address and manage her mental conditions through a professionally monitored treatment plan.

This case demonstrates the importance of having a solicitor who is knowledgeable about the avenues available to clients with mental health conditions.

No Conviction for Common Assault Involving a Weapon

Our solicitor Miss McAnderson represented a 24-year-old client who was charged with Common Assault and Destroy/Damage Property. The police facts detailed an altercation between the parties, where the client used a large kitchen knife to cut the victim’s shirt before hitting the victim across the head multiple times. The incident occurred in the presence of the client’s two-year-old daughter.

After considering the police facts and the client’s instructions, Miss McAnderson was able to successfully negotiate with the police to withdraw the charge of Destroy/Damage Property.

The police facts were still quite unfavourable for the client, so Miss McAnderson urged the client to seek psychological assistance, obtain references and prepare a detailed apology letter to be provided in court.

As a result of the materials tendered in court, and Miss McAnderson’s submissions, the Magistrate was persuaded to deal with the matter without conviction, and the client was placed on a Conditional Release Order for a period of 18 months.

Reduced Disqualification & Community Correction Order for High Range Drink Driving Offence

Our solicitor Miss Taylor McAnderson represented a 35-year-old client who was charged with High-Range Drink Driving after losing control of her vehicle and colliding with a tree.

Penalties for High-Range Drink Driving for first-time offenders include a maximum fine of $3,300, up to 18 months imprisonment and a maximum disqualification period of 9 months with an interlock order.

The Guideline Judgement for High-Range Drink Driving offences states that an offender’s moral culpability is increased when the blood alcohol reading is above 0.15 and involves a collision. In cases where moral culpability is increased, Conditional Release Orders or Community Correction Orders will rarely be found to be appropriate.

Miss McAnderson urged the client to obtain references, seek psychological assistance and engage in the Traffic Offender Program to demonstrate her remorse and show the Court that she had taken steps to address her recent behaviour. As a result of Ms McAnderson’s carefully prepared submissions, the Magistrate was persuaded to deal with the matter by way of a Community Correction Order, and the minimum disqualification period.

Good Behaviour Bond for Drug Driving With Serious Collision

Our solicitor Miss Taylor McAnderson represented a 33-year-old client who was facing two charges of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. These offences were committed on the same day, and both involved several serious collisions with other vehicles, resulting in thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. The police facts were extremely unfavourable for our client, and therefore, Miss McAnderson focused her attention on the subjective materials and the client’s rehabilitation.

Penalties for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs for first-time offenders include a maximum fine of $2,200, 12 months automatic disqualification period and up to 9 months imprisonment. Offences which result in a collision are often assessed at the higher end of objective seriousness.

Ms McAnderson urged the client to engage in the Magistrate’s Early Referral into Treatment Program (MERIT) to address his ongoing drug dependence. She further counselled him to seek the assistance of a rehabilitation centre and a psychologist. The client willingly entered into all these programs and was able to make serious progress towards achieving sobriety.

After considering all of the steps that the client had taken, and Miss McAnderson’s carefully prepared submissions, the Magistrate was persuaded to deal with both matters by way of a Community Correction Order for 12 months.

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