201 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000
575 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
231 North Quay
Brisbane QLD 4000
1 Farrell Place
Canberra ACT 2601
111 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Contact Armstrong Legal:
Sydney: (02) 9261 4555
Partner - Acc. Spec. (Criminal)
1300 168 676
John is a Managing Partner of Armstrong Legal and head of the Criminal Law Division. He was admitted to practice law in NSW in 1999 and prior to that had five years advocacy experience in the Local Court of NSW as a prosecutor. John is admitted to practice in the Supreme Courts of NSW and Victoria and the High Court of Australia, though he can appear in any jurisdiction as required.
Prior to joining Armstrong Legal, John was practicing interstate, conducting protracted prosecutions of corrupt police officers with a particular focus on drug squad officers. Before this, John was practicing law in NSW, assisting clients with criminal law issues that covered the field of criminal law offences, including major traffic offences, violence, dishonesty and sexual matters.
John has a wide range of experience, appearing in the following jurisdictions: the Local, District and Supreme Courts of NSW, the Guardianship, Nursing and Administrative Decisions Tribunals of NSW, the Companies Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board (Cth), the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Cth), the Federal Court of Australia and the Magistrates, Country and Supreme Courts of Victoria.
John has also experience in coercive investigations by the Australian Investments and Securities Commission, the NSW Crime Commission, the Australian Crime Commission and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
The experience and qualifications that John possesses, being a high quality mix of defence and prosecution skills, together with his team at Armstrong Legal, means you can be certain of accurate, dependable and practical advice on how your matter can be dealt with.
John is an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, recognised by the Law Society of NSW. John also sits on the Disclosure Committee and Criminal Law Committee of the NSW Law Society.
Thanks for everything John, your firm hand guiding the ship was always appreciated. We chose well.
I just wanted to send you a quick note now that the dust had settled to say thanks so much for your assistance on this matter. Your expert guidance and no nonsense advice and approach was spot on. It was exactly what I needed with the result I needed.
I want to personally thank you for today (and) the effort you have put in my case.
I would like to say thank you for representing me in court. As soon as I met you I could tell I was in very capable hands and I immediately felt safe and supported. Your level of knowledge, professionalism and demeanour in court is outstanding and it was very humbling listening to your delivery to the Judge. I noticed a number of well-respected barristers were there on the day and unfortunately some lost their appeals so to hear you speak with such genuine passion and respect doesn’t surprise me that you won my appeal. You did not judge me at a time when I was judging myself which made a huge impact on my self-worth which I will never forget.
Also I am extremely overwhelmed and grateful by your generosity regarding payment for your services. I am not used to such acts of kindness and empathy so again thank you.
And last but certainly not least is your wonderful team who I believe are the best of the best being Janelle and Craig. From the start Janelle was genuine, honest and showed enormous empathy. She is a wonderful young lady and is a credit to your mentoring and I believe she will continue to help others as she did me. Janelle is efficient and tenacious which are the identical traits that you have John so it’s certainly rubbing off in a positive way.
Craig was exceptional as well and the outcome was not what I expected. It was a pleasure to listen to his delivery to the Magistrate but a bonus was his great sense of humour, I even noticed the Magistrate giggle a couple of times which puts people at ease.
Again I want to say thank you John for everything especially your kindness and understanding. Your team are a credit to your mentoring and hard work which has produced the best of the best. You are an outstanding role model to the Legal Profession and I wish you all the very best. If I come across anyone needing legal help you will be on top of my list.
With a greatful heart, I want to thank you for all you have done for my kids and I. The past few months have been very stressful for the boys and I. I'm very greatful for your hard work. A big thank you to you and your team.
I wish to thank you and Tyson for representing me in my court proceedings and for reassuring me in the run up to today's hearing.
This has not been an easy time for me(no reason why it should be, of course) but you and Tyson have helped me through it with great professionalism and compassion, for which I thank you.
John, no words could ever express my gratitude. And for me, such silence speaks volumes. My family and I sincerely thank you.
Just a short mail to thank you and your team very, very much for what you did. He always told me that he had complete confidence in you. Again, thanks heaps. He can now get on with his life.
Thanks again John. Your advice and expertise was of the highest quality and I really appreciate your professionalism (and a great result).
I am very pleased to have this stressful matter concluded and thank you very much for your assistance and professional guidance.
I would like to thank you for your sincerity and advice. The legal and police world are light years away from anything I have ever dealt with in my life. Thank you again for all of your efforts.
I want to express to Trudie and to you my deepest gratitude for defending my case and handling with the twists and turns of a situation that I, otherwise, would not have known how to face. John, your wit and knowledge were crucial for the more than positive outcome at Court. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and assessment on Monday. Life has suddenly become lighter since then.
Many thanks for your assistance in this matter. I very much appreciated the help that you provided.
Firstly I cannot thank yourself and Mr David Randle enough for all the hard work in getting the result that you have. I can say if you need a recommendation or David for that matter from me for any future clients I am more than happy to do that.
I just wanted to write and state how impressed we were with your in court performance and the results achieved. I also want to thank you for scaring the hell out of my son with regards the potential other possible outcomes. He stated to me that it was the worst thing to endure.
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you, you really saved me with this whole situation and I can't really say enough thanks. I'm not going to be stupid enough to ever be in that situation again. Thanks for helping me get another chance.
Thank you again for all your extraordinary work on my behalf over the last sixth months. I can't even imagine what I would have been like without your expertise and guidance.Thank you also for your kindness on the day when I was so clearly traumatized by the whole event. I would of course not hesitate to recommend you and your firm to anyone we know who is in need of legal representation in the future.
I would like to thank you very much for the work you performed. Without your work my brother could have to support a heavy fine or even worse. Thank you again to you and all of your team.
John and Will - We want to thank you very much for all you did for us. It’s been greatly appreciated. All the best.
Thank you so much for your support. Without your professional knowledge I would have been out of depth on the day.
Thanks for all your help and expertise with my case. I'm very happy with the result!
John was exceptional in both my appearance and the final briefing he gave me and my family the night before the case, which gave us a realistic outlook on what we were to expect in court and the outcome. I was very impressed and thankful for his representation of me.
I was extremely pleased with the outcome of my case and thank Armstrong, Amanda and John for their hard work and professionalism.
I would definitely recommend the firm, Amanda and John to others in future.
I think John Sutton is a most talented solicitor and would not hesitate to recommend him to others.
I think John Sutton is a most talented solicitor and would not hesitate to recommend him to others.
John Sutton worked diligently on my case. He listened carefully to my matter, understood my concerns, prepared me for trial and made me feel confident at every step! Thank you to John and the team!
John is an outstanding solicitor, with considerable oratory and legal prowess. He handled my matter diligently and proficiently, and I never felt unsure or uncomfortable about how it was progressing. I highly recommend John to anyone seeking legal representation - he is undoubtedly one of the best there is!
Thanks very much for a great result for my case. We couldn't have expected much better.
Thank you for helping with the case. As my son so eloquently said "you smashed it". Speaking for my son, I know he felt pretty special to have you fight for him. Once again thank you.
I appreciate the respectful and compassionate way I was treated on the day - as you can imagine I was feeling nervous and vulnerable, not to mention ashamed of the situation I had found myself in. You made me feel as comfortable and confident as possible under my circumstances.
I truly appreciate your assistance in my recent dilemma. Your experience and professionalism certainly shone through and I felt privileged to have you acting on my behalf. With great admiration, respect and appreciation, Thank You.
I know you will understand when I say I hope I never need you again, however I will have no hesitation in recommending you if ever the need arises.
I just wanted to say thank you so, so much for today. No words can express how grateful and appreciative I am of the help and advice of John and Sarah. I don't know what I would have done without you. I would also like to say thank you to you for taking my case at such short notice and for making me feel safe and confident in your capable hands.
John, your diligence in this matter is outstanding and I believe your approach is second to none. I hope we achieve a positive outcome however; I do believe you have exhausted all you can through this chain and I guess only time will tell. Thank you for your professionalism, your passion and determination.
Thanks John for your performance today, you're possibly the best defendant lawyer in Sydney.
My huge thanks in your work on my case. All in all I don't think a better result could have been achieved given the seriousness of the charges. You have been fair, tough and diligent in equal measure.I am blessed to have been directed to such a good lawyer. I have no intention of ever needing one again for a criminal matter - but I will definitely refer others if appropriate.
This was my first time being involved in such a matter. I thought John and everyone I came into contact with were excellent.
I wish to convey my deepest appreciation to John Sutton for his efforts and resultant outcome of my criminal matters. His deliberate, calculating and informed strategies won the day - no question. Thank you.
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.