Over 50 years of combined experience

Success in Courts Australia-Wide

3 x Convenient Locations across Sydney

LY Lawyers Solicitors and Barristers

Our lawyers are all accomplished court advocates, who all appear in courts throughout NSW and interstate on a daily basis. We are familiar with all the judges and magistrates throughout NSW, and are well known and highly respected by them.

In addition to our work in the criminal courts, we are actively involved in various community initiatives, including providing pro-bono advice to disadvantaged defendants at community legal centres, free advice clinics, counsel to women’s domestic violence groups, lecturing legal studies in high schools throughout Sydney, sponsors of the University of Western Sydney’s “LY Lawyers Prize in Criminal Law” and other various charitable events.

All of our lawyers get involved and contribute.

Welcome to our team!

Adam Ly, B. Ec., LL.B.

Principal Lawyer

Adam Ly is the Principal Solicitor of LY Lawyers and is a well known Criminal Law specialist.

Adam specialises in Criminal Law but his knowledge extends to a range of different legal areas. He appears daily in the Local Courts, District Courts and the Supreme Court of NSW, and has extensive experience with complex criminal matters in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.

Adam is currently involved in the firm’s most serious cases, including defending our clients charged with murder, large commercial drug importation and supply, serious sexual assault and complex fraud matters.

Other than in New South Wales, Adam has appeared for our clients in serious criminal cases in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. He has also appeared in District and Supreme Court trials in Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. He has achieved huge success for clients who have been charged with extremely serious criminal offences throughout Australia, including numerous ‘not guilty’ verdicts in long criminal trials.

In NSW, Adam has been representing clients in numerous courts throughout the metropolitan area and country NSW, and has 20 years experience in the Criminal Law industry. He continues to strive to protect the rights of those who have been accused of criminal offences.

Adam is a strong advocate for drug dependency rehabilitation. He assists local community organisations with various legal matters on a volunteer basis.

Adam is highly regarded for his commitment to his work and clients. His dedication to the principles of justice and fairness are what separate him from other criminal law advocates.

Joseph Harb, LL.B.

Senior Associate Lawyer

Joseph came to our firm having worked at criminal law firms throughout Sydney.

Through the years Joseph has proved to be a great mentor and leader in our firm. He has contributed to the growth of the firm, including playing a major part in establishing the Sydney City and Parramatta offices.

Joseph has obtained a wealth of experience in all types of criminal matters. Joseph has been involved in many complex and difficult criminal matters involving the most serious of criminal offences. There are not many lawyers in Sydney that you will see appearing in the courts as much as Joseph does.

Joseph is a meticulous lawyer whose attention to detail ensures that every aspect of your case will be looked at and fully investigated.

He also thrives on working on preparation of District and Supreme Court matters and assisting our barristers in defending our clients at trial. He can be credited for many jury acquittals that LY Lawyers has achieved for our clients recently.

Kiran Sahota, B.A, LL.B

Criminal Defence Lawyer

Kiran came to our firm having worked in the Local Courts of NSW as a court officer. There she gained valuable experience in Local Court practice and procedure, being the perfect foundation for her admission as a lawyer.

She has had the benefit of working closely with and learning from our experienced team of solicitors. By assisting counsel on an array of matters, she has gained valuable knowledge and experience in criminal law, court procedure and case management.

Kiran believes in building a strong case by building strong foundations: careful case preparation, research and communication. She is assisted by her experience, passion and determination to ensure that her clients understand their situation and the court process, and together, are able to achieve the best result possible.

Andrew Maldigri, LL.B

Criminal Defence Lawyer

Andrew began working in our firm as a paralegal working with senior lawyers in serious criminal matters. Through this experience Andrew learnt how to analyse the most complex of criminal cases and prepare cases meticulously.

Since university he was immediately attracted to criminal law and in court advocacy volunteering at a community legal centre helping self-represented litigants prepare for their local court criminal matters. After university he took a hiatus from criminal law to serve in the military. This experience has given him invaluable knowledge of firearms related offences. He does his utmost to get the best outcome for our clients

Ashraf Jawas, LL.B

Senior Criminal Lawyer

Ash brings to our team a wealth of criminal law experience both here in Australia and overseas. With more than 15 years experience as a Lawyer, Ash has been tasked with managing our ever-growing Parramatta office. Ash was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand. During his career he has practiced in all areas of law, though  he has predominantly focused on criminal law for more than a decade. He has represented clients in all jurisdictions throughout NSW including the Childrens, Local, District and Supreme Court as well as the Court of Criminal Appeal. Ash has a passion for criminal law, and aided with his strong work ethic, knowledge of the law and experience, he is able to achieve desired results for those that he represents.


Barristers We Brief

“Lawyers” in the Criminal Defence Law profession generally fall into separate and distinct categories, “Solicitors” and “Barristers”. Barristers form a separate part of the legal profession, and work in separate offices to solicitors called “Barrister’s Chambers”. Barristers are generally required to assist solicitors in serious criminal cases, often dealt with in the higher courts of NSW, such as the District Courts, or the Supreme Court of NSW.

Much like Specialist Doctors and GPs in the Medical profession, Barristers are instructed by solicitors to assist with particularly difficult cases that are dealt with in the higher courts, for example Murder or Manslaughter.

At LY Lawyers, we instruct Barristers of the highest calibre and reputation, with a wide range of Junior and Senior Counsel (also known as a “QC”) working with us on a regular basis.We have worked and continue to work with Barristers in various Chambers throughout Sydney, including:

  • Forbes Chambers – Philip Boulten SC, Marugan Thangaraj SC, Grant Brady S.C, Troy Edwards and others,
  • Sir Owen Dixon Chambers- Winston Terracini S.C, Bart Vasic
  • Samuel Griffiths Chambers – Anthony Bellanto QC and others
  • Ada Evan’s Chambers – Anthony Parsons, and others

…and many more.

We have been very successful in defending serious criminal charges, working well with the Barristers we brief, both in Sydney and Interstate.

If you would like us to instruct a Barrister in your case, we are happy to introduce you to the various Barristers we brief to help us achieve the best result in your case.