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At Sydney Drug Lawyers, we pride ourselves on being Sydney’s best drug defence team.

Our specialist drug defence lawyers are passionate about the law and possess the experience and expertise to defend all types of drug charges – and in many cases get charges dropped before they even reach court.

Our lawyers have exceptional courtroom skills and an excellent rapport with members of the legal profession, enabling us to consistently get the best results for our clients.

We fight for justice in cases that other lawyers have deemed ‘unwinnable,’ often helping our clients to avoid a criminal record.

Our team currently comprises seven expert drug lawyers, each of whom possesses a wealth of experience in order to ensure that our valued clients get the level of service that they deserve.

So whether you’ve been charged with small possession or commercial drug importation, look no further.

Give us a call on 02 9264 5778 now and speak to us about a FREE first consultation to discuss your matter.

Ugur Nedim

Mr Ugur Nedim is the Principal of Sydney Criminal Lawyers®.

He has a distinguished career as an exceptional criminal defence lawyer and has been recognised by the Law Society of NSW as an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist for since 2005.

Mr Nedim commenced his criminal defence career in 1992 as a law clerk with specialist criminal law firm Brezniak Neil-Smith and Co, under the mentorship of legendary criminal defence lawyer Angus Neil-Smith (now retired).

He excelled academically – completing a combined Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts degree, then a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and finally a Master of Laws degree at Sydney University achieving a rare ‘high distinction’ grade average.

He commenced practising as a courtroom criminal defence lawyer in late 1998; independently representing clients in a range of criminal & traffic cases.

He regularly conducted difficult & complex defended hearings, trials and appeals, achieving an outstanding success rate.

He started ‘Nedim Lawyers – Criminal Defence Specialists’ in 2001, which later became ‘Sydney Criminal Lawyers®’.

Mr Nedim has represented clients in some of Australia’s highest profile and most difficult criminal cases, including:

  • Australia’s largest ever heroin importation trial, which involved the importation of over 600 kg of heroin; all 3 clients found ‘not guilty’.
  • Over two dozen murder & manslaughter trials, including many arising from the ‘gangland wars’ in Western Sydney;
  • Over 100 serious criminal trials including dozens of sexual assault trials, commercial drug trials, complex fraud trials, grievous bodily harm, robbery, detain for advantage, intent to murder, dangerous driving occasioning death, proceeds of crime and various other trial matters;
  • Representing companies and individuals for allegations of corporate crime and investigations, anti money laundering, bribery and other forms of corruption, fraud and ‘white collar’ crime,
  • Protecting client interests in all types of courts and tribunals, including ICAC, Crime Commission & Coroner’s Court;
  • Successful Appeals at every level – from the Local Court, to hundreds in the District & Supreme Courts (including NSWCCA) all the way up to the High Court of Australia.

Mr Nedim is a dedicated, knowledgeable and persuasive criminal lawyer who is respected by magistrates, judges and prosecutors.

He fights hard to have cases ‘dropped’ and is consistently able to defend and win serious criminal cases that other criminal lawyers are unable to win (see Recent Cases).

Mr Nedim has conducted 4000+ local court cases over his career, with a particular emphasis on:

  • drink driving and major traffic offences,
  • drug possession & supply,
  • assaults and AVOs,
  • fraud & dishonesty offences, and
  • defended hearings, committal hearings, guilty pleas, bail applications and mental health cases.

However, he now focuses on serious and complex crime, with a special emphasis on corporate crime and investigations, large-scale fraud, commercial drug importation and supply, and murder/manslaughter cases.

Mr Nedim is a true specialist because he has always practised as a criminal defence lawyer – not a prosecutor, general lawyer or commercial lawyer, which have little relevance to high quality criminal defence work. Over and above this, he has independently carried his cases from start to finish since the start of his legal career – undertaking advocacy (courtroom) work where other lawyers may need the assistance of others.

Mr Nedim has developed specialised procedures, methods and techniques to achieve desirable outcomes for his corporate and individual clients.

He is respected for his ability to grasp large volumes of complex material, identify the relevant issues and formulate winning strategies, and his high-quality work is consistently praised by magistrates, judges and clients alike.

With Mr Nedim, clients can rest assured of receiving the best defence whatever their particular criminal or traffic case may be.

Fouad Awada

Mr Fouad Awada is a senior criminal lawyer with a wealth of experience representing clients in courts throughout NSW, ranging from Children’s and Local Courts to the NSW Supreme Court and NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.Prior to joining Sydney Criminal Lawyers®, Fouad worked for years as a defence lawyer with sole carriage of a large number of criminal and traffic cases – with the responsibility of independently undertaking those cases from commencement to finality.

He proved himself to be a fearsome and formidable courtroom lawyer, respected by colleagues, prosecutors and magistrates and judges alike.

He has successfully defended cases ranging from drug possession and drink driving, through to complex drug supply, importation, serious assault, sexual assault and dangerous driving trials.

He is uniquely experienced in defending corporate clients against prosecutions for substantial alleged regulatory offences, and in providing exceptional representation against Crime Commission and ICAC prosecutions, and ‘white collar’ criminal prosecutions generally.

A passionate and dedicated defence lawyer, Fouad fights to have charges dropped or downgraded at an early stage in the proceedings – in order for his clients to get on with their lives with minimal disruption.

He is committed and compassionate towards his clients, providing them with guidance and support throughout what can be a stressful and anxious period in their lives.

He prides himself on providing accurate advice about the law and legal options in a way that is easy to understand, and has represented clients from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Fouad speaks fluent Arabic and has close ties to the Arabic community. He lends his time to lecturing youth and is actively involved with a number of charities, including the St Vincent De Paul Society, Red Cross Foundation and Legacy.

Fouad is an integral member of Sydney’s best criminal defence team.

Jason Koh

Jason Koh is an exceptional lawyer with several years of experience in criminal defence.He completed a dual Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of New South Wales, achieving his law degree with distinction.

He then embarked on his criminal defence career, independently representing clients in a broad spectrum of cases ranging from drug possession, assaults, AVOs and drink driving all the way up to large commercial supply, aggravated sexual assault, and murder trials.

He now focuses on serious criminal cases, as well as representing clients in complex corporate cases such as ASIC investigations, multi-million dollar alleged frauds and general white collar crime, as well as appearing in a range of tribunals, inquests and the NSW and Australian Crime Commission.

He also represents clients in civil proceedings against police and others in positions of authority.

Jason is a formidable and highly sought-after criminal defence lawyer, who has the ability to effectively prepare and execute strategies that achieve results.

He has an outstanding track record of persuading police and the DPP to withdraw serious charges, and achieving not guilty verdicts when cases do proceedings.

He is well respected by magistrates and judges before whom he appears, and trusted by his valued clients towards whom he shows great compassion, empathy and understanding.

He has been admitted as a Lawyer of both the NSW Supreme Court and High Court of Australia, and to the Legal Aid Commission’s Criminal Law Panel.

Clients of Sydney Criminal Lawyers benefit from Jason’s specialist experience, tenacity, dedication and commitment to achieving optimal outcomes in each and every case.

He is an integral member of Sydney best criminal defence team.

Sherleen Chand

Ms Sherleen Chand is a Senior Criminal Lawyer with an impressive and varied career, which has seen her involved in Australian Taxation Office prosecutions all the way up to preparing and defending complex criminal trials.

With a strong work ethic and considerable specialist criminal law experience, Ms Chand is known for her thorough preparation of cases, high level of client service and exceptional presentation inside the courtroom.

She appears in courts throughout the Sydney metropolitan area on a daily basis, in matters ranging from licence appeals, assaults, drug possession and drink driving cases to commercial drug trials, sexual assaults, robbery and substantial fraud allegations.

She is respected by magistrates, judges and prosecutors alike for her ethics, professionalism and cutting edge knowledge of criminal and traffic law. She is an impressive advocate inside the courtroom and a persuasive negotiator when dealing with police and the DPP, which allows her to have cases dropped when others may fall short.

Ms Chand’s experience ranges from Local Court hearings, to sentencing hearings in the Local and District Courts, severity and convictions appeals in the District Court, bail applications in the Local, District and Supreme Courts, and instructing counsel in lengthy jury trials.

She goes above and beyond when it comes to trial preparation, giving clients the edge when they are facing one of the most important events in their lives.

She keeps her clients updated and informed throughout criminal proceedings, helping to ease their burden however difficult their situation may be.

Ms Chand’s clients benefit from her work ethic, professionalism and demonstrated commitment to their interests.

Kent Park

Kent Park is a highly sought-after criminal defence lawyer who is well respected by colleagues, prosecutors, magistrates and judges alike.

Kent joined our defence team after having been employed for a number of years in a boutique criminal defence firm in Sydney, and has many years of experience representing clients in a range of criminal law and driving cases.

Kent is widely-recognised as a formidable courtroom lawyer with the ability to formulate and implement defence strategies that result in cases being dropped or, when they proceed to defended hearings or jury trials, dismissed on legal or evidentiary grounds.

He appears in a wide range of cases, from drug possession, driving driving, assaults and apprehended violence orders to commercial drug cases, sexual assaults, manslaughter and murder cases, in all levels of the court system and a range of tribunals.

He also appears and advises in matters involving the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Kent’s career-long specialisation in criminal law has enabled him to develop a thorough knowledge of this complex and ever changing field of the law, and to implement that knowledge in order to achieve optimal outcomes for his clients.

His proficiency in criminal law has led to his appointment to both the Summary and Indictable Criminal Law Panels of the Legal Aid Commission of NSW.

Kent is passionate about the interests of his clients, which is reflected in his outstanding track record of results and client satisfaction – and he is committed to ensuring that his clients are kept informed and protected from the start to the finish of their cases.

Kent is an integral member of Sydney’s best criminal defence team.

Fahim Khan

Fahim Khan is an exceptional criminal defence lawyer with several years of experience in a wide range of criminal law and traffic cases. Over the years, Fahim has built a reputation as a highly knowledgeable, strategically-minded lawyer and a formidable courtroom advocate. He regularly appears in courts and tribunals throughout New South Wales, from the Children’s Court to the Supreme Court and NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.

Fahim is known for his expertise in complex crime, having developed an outstanding track record in successfully defending commercial drug cases, sexual assaults, complex fraud and murder allegations. His in-depth knowledge of procedural and evidentiary requirements, as well as legal defences, allows him to identify deficiencies in the prosecution case, and to formulate and implement strategies that regularly lead to serious criminal charges being withdrawn and thrown out of court – including in situations where clients have been advised to plead guilty by other, less-capable lawyers.

In addition to serious crime, Fahim represents clients in a range of Local Court cases including drink and drug driving, licence appeals, unlicensed driving, drug possession and small supply, larceny, fraud, sexual touching and all types of assaults and AVOs. He is a highly sought after lawyer who is respected by prosecutors, magistrates and judges alike and is passionate about ensuring his clients receive the strongest possible legal representation, whatever their case may be.

Tuan Phan

Mr Tuan Phan is a criminal defence lawyer with years of experience representing clients at all levels of the justice system.

He commenced his legal career as a paralegal and then a defence lawyer with a boutique specialist criminal law firm in Sydney’s south-west, before progressing to a larger criminal defence firm where he focused on a range of traffic and criminal law cases, from drink and drug driving, licence appeals and unlicensed driving cases, to assaults, drug possession and AVOs, all the way up to serious and complex cases such as commercial drug importation and supply, substantial frauds and crimes against the person such as sexual assaults and armed robbery.

Tuan is able to digest enormous amounts of material, ascertain weaknesses in the prosecution evidence, and develop and implement strategies that lead to the withdrawal, downgrading and dismissal of cases.

Her is a persuasive courtroom lawyer who frequently succeeds in having cases thrown out of court, and obtaining non-conviction orders for clients who wish to plead guilty.

He is an active member of the Vietnamese community and of course speaks the language fluently.

Clients benefit from Tuan’s specialist experience, as well as his commitment to ensuring that his clients achieve the best possible outcomes in their criminal or traffic cases.

He is an integral part of Sydney’s best criminal defence team.

Eddie Nedim

Mr Ender (‘Eddie’) Nedim is a Highly Respected Senior Criminal Defence Lawyer.Eddie has over a decade of experience in criminal defence and has produced a string of enviable results in serious criminal cases – especially murder, sexual assault, fraud and commercial drug cases.

Many of the clients in those cases were previously advised by other criminal law firms that they had little or no chance of success.

Eddie is a highly astute defence lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of criminal law, practice and procedure.

He has the rare ability of being able to get criminal cases dropped when the prosecution evidence appears to be strong.

He regularly achieves this by:

Issuing subpoena to obtain all potentially relevant materials,
Thoroughly interviewing witnesses and obtaining relevant statements,
Undertaking views where appropriate,
Engaging forensic experts where appropriate,
Comprehensively analysing the prosecution evidence in the context of case-law and legislation,
Ascertaining factual, legal, procedural and technical problems,
Drafting submissions to the prosecution in terms of those problems, and then
Exerting immense pressure for withdrawal – often foreshadowing applications for defence costs if cases are not withdrawn.
He is relentless in pursuing successful outcomes for his clients.

He also has an outstanding record of winning serious criminal trials when they proceed.

As a testament to his expertise, Eddie is often consulted by other criminal lawyers for advice on criminal law practice and procedure; especially for guidance on defending and winning complex cases.

He is frequently referred difficult matters which are best handled by someone with Eddie’s level of criminal law knowledge and experience.

Eddie Nedim is an indispensable member of Sydney’s best criminal defence team.

Deniz Nedim

Mr Deniz Nedim is an experienced senior criminal defence lawyer who regularly appears in a wide range of criminal and traffic cases, from drink driving, drug possession, assaults to more serious criminal charges.

He also assists Barristers during difficult and complex Defended Hearings and Jury Trials.

Clients benefit from Deniz’s cutting-edge legal research skills, his excellence at briefing medical and forensic experts and his commitment to ensuring that our cases are thoroughly prepared for Trial.

Deniz has developed into a competent and dedicated Senior Criminal Defence Lawyer and is a valuable member of our first-class Criminal Defence Team.

Leo Mclaren

Leo McLaren is a law graduate with an outstanding academic record and significant experience in the legal profession.

After graduating from a leading Australian law school with Honours, Leo spent three years in a legal advisory position with a top-tier financial firm where he honed his ability to canvass and digest vast amounts of complex information, identify relevant legal issues, research applicable laws and recognise how they apply to multifaceted scenarios, and implement strategies to achieve optimal outcome for his clients.

As a senior legal adviser, Leo was entrusted with the firm’s largest and most demanding clients, enabling him to develop the ability to concisely communicate complex legal situations.

While that role was rewarding, Leo recognised that his true passion was in criminal defence – so he left the position to join a specialist criminal defence firm in Western Sydney, before joining the Sydney Criminal Lawyers team.

Leo is a highly intelligent, motivated, confident and charismatic professional who is passionate about criminal defence.

He currently assists our Senior Defence Lawyers in developing and implementing effective defence strategies, and upon his formal admission promises to develop into an exceptional criminal defence lawyer.

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