Ophelia Hollway

Ophelia Hollway is a Senior Associate and an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist. Ophelia regularly appears on behalf of clients in the Magistrates’ and County Courts of Victoria.

Ophelia Hollway Lawyer Senior Associate

Ophelia is passionate about criminal defence work and regularly appears in court as a solicitor advocate. She understands the considerable power imbalance in an individual trying to defend allegations brought by the State and for that reason, undertakes meticulous preparation in order to mount strong defence cases on behalf of her clients.

Ophelia often meets with people who are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system and who do not have a full understanding of their fundamental legal rights. Ophelia takes the time to explain the legal process in a way that can be easily understood in order to help clients better manage the stress associated with criminal matters. Cases often take months and years to finalise so having realistic expectations around timeframe is important.

Over time, Ophelia has successfully defended a wide range of allegations including sexual offences, drug offences, dishonesty offences, corporate crime, family violence and driving matters. The six months Ophelia spent working on death penalty cases in the United States provided a solid foundation in forensic decision-making and reinforced her commitment both to social justice and protecting an individual’s human rights.

Ophelia has experience in matters prosecuted by Victoria Police, Office of Public Prosecutions, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Independent Broad Based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), Professional Standards Committee of the Anglican Diocese and local council. She has been involved in matters before inquiries and tribunals; and has drafted submissions to the Chief Commissioner of Police regarding the Sex Offender Register as well as to other statutory authorities regarding professional licensing.

Ophelia regularly briefs Senior and King’s Counsel to appear in the higher courts. She is currently the instructing solicitor in the Coronial Inquest into the Death of Kumanjayi Walker in the Northern Territory with Julian McMahon appearing as Senior Counsel. Doogue and George is acting pro bono in their representation of the Parumpurru ‘Justice’ Committee of Yuendumu – a remote community 300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs. It is an historic case and is expected to run for four months.

Prior to being admitted to practise, Ophelia completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at Monash University. Her studies in the disciplines of criminology and behavioural studies continue to be of great assistance in her work as a criminal defence lawyer.

Ophelia became an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist in 2022 after having completed the Law Institute of Victoria’s Criminal Law Specialisation Program.

Ophelia finds securing positive outcomes for her clients rewarding on both a professional and personal level. She enjoys the intellectual stimulation that is involved in the analysis and preparation of defence cases.

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