Andrew Fraser - Managing Associate - Canberra
Andrew works in the areas of criminal law and traffic law, providing practical advice in all of his clients’ matters. Andrew has, over many years, developed positive working relationships with prosecutors, magistrates and judges. His no-nonsense approach means he has a reputation for putting forward the best case possible for clients.
Andrew has won many matters for his clients, including costs orders against the prosecuting authorities. He believes in thorough, practical assistance for his clients, including where necessary arranging for counsel to be involved and arranging home visits or visits at prison or police stations.
Andrew’s breadth of experience allows him to tailor his advice and submissions to ensure the best possible results for his clients.
Before beginning legal practice, Andrew had an extensive career as a journalist, including working in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery and reporting on Canberra’s courts, as well as a brief stint as a political adviser. He interviewed many legal figures, including a number of High Court judges. Because of his past life experience, he brings a realistic approach to his legal advice and representation.
Andrew sits on the AFL Canberra Tribunal and continues to contribute legal and other articles to various publications.
Andrew represents clients in the ACT Supreme and Magistrates Courts as well as the New South Wales Local and District Courts of the Canberra region. He has appeared also before the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal in licensing, mental-health and other matters. Andrew’s experience means he can appear for clients in a breadth of matters in criminal, traffic and disciplinary proceedings.
In his spare time, Andrew is a piper with the Canberra City Pipes and Drums and has played at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
- Rv EC; R v Kit; R v Sharp: Assessing Criminal Responsibility
- The Problems With Identification Evidence
- Drugs and Rehabilitation of Offenders
- Criminal Trials by Judge Alone (ACT)
- Alibis: A Vital Part of the Criminal Law (ACT)
- Inquest Findings Approve Use of Tasers by AFP (ACT)
- Christmas Holidays and the Criminal Law
- Victim Impact Statements (ACT)
- Drug and Alcohol Treatment Orders (ACT)
- What is a Reasonable Cause? (ACT)
- Recklessness: R v Daniel (ACT)
- Deferred Sentences and Suspended Sentences (ACT)
- Changes to Law on Prosecuting Sexual Assaults (NSW)
- How Are Elements of Criminal Offences Proven? (ACT)
- R v McHughes: The Drug and Alcohol Sentencing List (ACT)
- Will v The Queen: Sentencing Discount For Assisting Authorities (ACT)
- Trevascus v R: Trial Judge Must Sum Up Defence Case
- The Human Rights Act and Criminal Matters (ACT)
Andrew and staff were completely professional, understanding, considerate and discrete. Thank you.
I would like to thank you personally for the assistance and understanding you provided to us last week prior to and during the Hearing before Magistrate Cook. I have no doubt the Magistrate’s finding would have been different without your representation and we are all grateful for the outcome.
I just wanted to thank you for representing me. You provided a very professional service and I am very happy with the outcome, considering what might have been the consequences of my actions.
Andrew Fraser provided me with steady, expert advice and excellent representation with my matter. With Andrew’s calming and professional approach I found I had absolute faith in him, and this helped me through an incredibly difficult and stressful time. I would not hesitate to recommend Andrew.
We would just like to say a huge thank you for yesterday. Without you the outcome may not have been as good.
I was given clear, sound advice and Andrew’s presentation and performance in court was to me by far the best of the legal representatives that I watched.
Good behaviour bond without conviction for assault matter
Canberra senior associate Andrew Fraser recently represented a mother who pleaded guilty to assaulting her 13-year-old daughter, including by waving a golf stick at the daughter and throwing things at her, as well as wrestling and pushing.
The daughter filmed the matter and the 60 seconds of footage was shown by the prosecution at court. The prosecution submitted that a prison sentence was appropriate.
Mr Fraser submitted that, given the absence of criminal history, and given the mother’s palpable remorse, the court could consider a non-conviction order.
The mother was placed on a good behaviour order for 12 months and was not convicted, in line with Fraser’s submissions.
The mother and her partner wrote to Armstrong Legal after the case, saying, “We got the best outcome in this matter.
“Your support, guidance and service in this matter is highly respected and appreciated.
“Your professionalism with human values, we will keep that in our mind for the rest of our life.”