Criminal Defence


When you’re client is charged with a criminal matter, usually the consequence are serious. There is no place for anything but the best effort to resolve the matter in favour of your client. You want the highest level of expertise working with you in your team, to achieve the best result.


Phoenix Global is the number 1 Investigation choice of Legal Practitioners acting for clients in criminal matters. With over 32 years experience, and involvement in thousands of criminal and defence preparations, our name is synonymous with many great results in criminal jurisdictions. Many large matters proceed with us working in the background.


Practitioners use us to:


Re interview Crown Witnesses;

  • Subject to bail restrictions, we often re interview crown witnesses;
  • As you know many Government statement takers only address issues relevant to their case, the elements that they are attempting to prove and defences they are attempting to negative;
  • Quite often there is a whole range of other issues to address, relating to the witness that are not addressed by government agencies, but are very relevant to the defence case.

Verifying issues within the Crown Brief;

  • The starting position of criminal defence is to adopt the approach of never believing one word in a Law Enforcement brief until you have verified it yourself. Never assume anything!

Identify Evidence;

  • Quite often client’s present leads, that are unknown to the Crown;
  • When followed up, these leads generate witnesses that are relevant and useful to the Defence case, either corroborating your position, and or discrediting the Crowns position;
  • Statements are taken from the witnesses and records or other evidence is obtained which then provide Legal Practitioners with opportunity to consider the strategy or how the defence case is going to run.

Undertake witness Due Diligence;

  • Frequently, this is one of largest area of work for investigators. “This person is giving evidence against us…..can you find out everything you can about them.”

Undertake Urgent Enquiries;

  • Law Enforcement Agencies are often very good at quick response to crime, and follow up enquiries. We provide the same service to Legal Practitioners and clients;

Provide information for assessment for Plea, Trial, Submission or other Representations;

  • In some matters, practitioners are unable to provide direction to clients as to a trial, plea, or otherwise, until further enquiries are made, as to the potential for a defence case;
  • Often submissions or representations are made only after careful investigations and preparation is undertaken.

We have worked with many legal practitioners privately over the past 16 years in a multi discipline team approach. Information is power, and using investigators effectively as an extension of your case preparation will usually give you an advantage.


We develop close relationships with our clients ensuring that you can trust and rely upon our advice, using us as part of your support and case preparation, whilst demanding a high level of confidentiality.


It is very important for Investigators to provide you with accurate information and not ‘flower up’ information to suit your case. Bad news may not be good, but it is better to know it, and the accuracy of it, well in advance. Alternatively, quite often a proper investigation will reveal many other issues regarding the matter, which will or change the impact of the Crown Case.


Since 1995, Phoenix Global has undertaken criminal defence investigations in the following areas:

  • Murder
  • Homicide
  • Manslaughter
  • Fraud
  • Misappropriation of Property
  • Extortion
  • Demand Money by threats
  • Armed Robbery
  • Assault
  • Rape
  • Sexual Assault
  • Grievous Bodily Harm
  • Bodily Harm
  • Break and Enter
  • Drug possession
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Supply dangerous drugs
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