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
Our solicitor Ms Taylor McAnderson represented a 36-year-old client who was charged with two counts of Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm and one count of Common Assault. The police facts were extremely unfavourable for our client, detailing an extensive altercation between the parties that occurred in the presence of young children, and also making reference to previous incidents of domestic violence in the client's home.
A charge of Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, whilst a charge of Common Assault carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment.
The matter was originally listed for hearing but after careful consideration of the prosecution case and our client’s version of events, Ms McAnderson was able to negotiate for the withdrawal of two of the charges and for a significant portion of the facts to be changed. As a result, our client instructed us to proceed to sentence on one charge of Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm with facts that were more favourable for him.
After receiving these instructions, Ms McAnderson carefully prepared the client’s matter, directing him to court-approved Domestic Violence Programs, urging the client to take steps to repair his relationship with his partner and obtaining references in support of his good character.
The client had concerns from the outset about the impact a conviction would have on his employment. These concerns were always at the forefront of Ms McAnderson’ s mind, and her representation was dedicated to ensuring that a conviction was not recorded against the client. Ms McAnderson was able to persuade the Magistrate, through her submissions and an array of material provided to the court, to deal with the Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm charge without conviction. The client was placed on a Conditional Release Order without conviction for a period of 12 months.
This case illustrates the importance of having a legal representative who understands your personal circumstances, and who can formulate an approach to your matter that ensures the best possible outcome.
Ms McAnderson represented a 37-year-old client who was charged with two offences of Common Assault (Domestic Violence Related). The client has proceeded through the initial Court dates without legal advice, entering a plea of not guilty and having the matter listed for Hearing.
It is important to note that when a defendant enters a plea of guilty at the first opportunity, they are entitled to a 25% utilitarian discount on any penalty imposed by the Court. If a plea of guilty is not entered, and the matter progresses through the Court process, this discount decreases. This can sometimes be the difference between a conviction and a non-conviction.
Prior to Hearing, the client sought legal advice from Ms McAnderson in relation to his matter and retained her to appear on his behalf. Ms McAnderson carefully reviewed the brief of evidence, identifying the flaws in the client’s understanding and approach to the matter. She then provided him with advice as to the reasonable prospects of succeeding with a plea of not guilty.
As a result of this advice, and on the day of Hearing, the client instructed Ms McAnderson to enter a plea of guilty, on condition that the Police Facts could be amended to more accurately reflect the client’s recollection of the altercation. Through careful negotiations, Ms McAnderson was able to amend the Police Facts to a version of events that was more favourable for the client.
Ms McAnderson’s efforts on this day resulted in this client receiving two Conditional Release Orders without conviction.
This case shows the importance of seeking legal advice when deciding whether to plead guilty or not guilty, and, the benefit of having a strategic advocate who is able to approach your matter in a way that produces the best possible outcome for you.
Our solicitor Ms Taylor McAnderson represented a 29-year-old client who was charged with three counts of Drive Whilst Disqualified that occurred within a two-month period.
The court takes this offence very seriously and the penalties are very harsh, even for first-time offenders. The penalty for one count of Drive Whilst Disqualified is a minimum license disqualification period of 3 months, and a maximum penalty of a fine of $3,300.00 or imprisonment for 6 months.
When charged with a second or subsequent Drive Whilst Disqualified offence within a five-year period, the penalty for the offence increases significantly. If you are charged with a second or subsequent offence, you face a disqualification period of up to 12 months, and up to 12 months imprisonment. Courts are extremely hesitant to impose a lenient sentence particularly when the offences are committed in a relatively short period and will often consider terms of imprisonment as the appropriate sentence.
Ms McAnderson took extra care to understand the underlying causes of the client's offending behaviour. Through her persuasive advocacy, the court was ultimately persuaded to deal with all three matters by way of a Conditional Release Order. One of the charges was recorded without a criminal conviction. The client did not receive a fine in relation to any of the offences and was disqualified from driving for the minimum period of 6 months.
This case illustrates the value of having an advocate like Taylor McAnderson who will ensure that your personal circumstances are emphasised so as to achieve the best possible result.