Appeal lawyers to support you

The lawyers at Fisher Dore have extensive experience in many areas of appeals.

When it comes to criminal law appeals, we appear in appellate jurisdictions more than any other private law firm in Queensland. Our experts have fine-tuned their skills over many years to ensure that your appeal is prepared with meticulous precision, and we ensure that only the most experienced appellate Barristers are briefed. Our areas of appeal expertise include:

Criminal matters
Appeals against sentence and conviction to the District Court, Court of Appeal, and High Court. We also make sure to assess your prospects of applying for appeal bail.

Immigration, migration and refugee matters
Appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.

Administrative and regulatory matters
Appeals to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal against decisions arising out of Juridical Reviews, the Mental Health Court, the Queensland Parole Board (including Queensland’s first No Body No Parole matter), sporting tribunals, public and private regulatory bodies, and QCAT.

Strict time limits apply when appealing a decision and legal advice should be sought as quickly as possible. Call us immediately on 1300 557 884 to discuss your urgent appeal needs with our team today. We can provide assistance, advice and representation. Contact us to have a confidential discussion.


Criminal defence and Appeals experts you can trust

Nick Dore

Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld


Terry Fisher

Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld


Shane Elliott

Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld


Tom Gardiner

Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld


Michael Finch

Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld



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More on appeals

Appeals against convictions and sentences are complicated, that’s why it’s important to get legal advice before starting an appeal. Strict time limits apply for appealing court decisions, so you should act quickly.

The procedures for appealing the outcome of a criminal law matter are different, dependant on if you have been convicted and sentenced in the Magistrates, District or Supreme Court. There may be risks in appealing a decision, as if your appeal is unsuccessful the court may seek to increase your sentence.

You will be required to outline the grounds for the appeal, that is, the reasons you think the wrong decision has been made or in the case of a trial, if it wasn’t conducted according to the law. To understand what grounds of appeal may apply to your case, contact our team (link to enquiry) for a confidential discussion.

Magistrates Court
If you plead guilty, you may only appeal the sentence imposed against you. However if you plead not guilty, you may be able to appeal the conviction, sentence, or both.

District or Supreme Court
If you plead guilty, you may appeal against the sentence imposed to the Court of Appeal. You may be able to appeal your conviction, however only in exceptional circumstances, which is why it’s important to seek legal advice. If you plead not guilty and were convicted and sentenced after a hearing, then you may be able to appeal the conviction, sentence, or both.

Our lawyers have experience and results in appeals and are here to help you.

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