Dear Tim Schocker
I didn't want the week to end without thanking you for making the time at this pointy end of the year to talk to our Community Corrections folk yesterday. It was a great panel and generated lots of discussion during and after the session.
Community Corrections have been the poor cousins of the prosecutions arm of the justice system for too long. They have now embarked on a huge restructure and rejuvenation program to build capacity. We are really pleased to be involved in delivery of the training - anything that keeps people out of jail!
And of course we find ways of inveigling our mates into the work of SZCC- and Rob and his mob are definately always in that mix....
One of the things that really impressed the participants was the calibre of the line up we were able to secure- it made them feel special and so they were far more responsive to the message that they might otherwise have been. Thanks so much for being part of that.
I look forward to our paths crossing again (perhaps at the moot debriefs in Jan/Feb?).
Season's Greeting, many thanks.
Kind regards to all at Stary's
I can't thank you enough. Today was an extremely difficult day. You did a great job and I was extremely fortunate to have you in my corner.
Have a wonderful Christmas.
All the best.
Thank You Simon,
I wanted to thank you for recommending Kat to represent Name Withheld. She achieved a result, I think she was surprised at. No conviction, a 12 month good behaviour bond with payment of $50 to pay for the screen of the telephone. From the start she was non judgemental and consistent with Name Withheld, taking responsibility for his actions...
... I wished I had given Kat a hug but I was in “shock” as everything unfolded and seemed unreal. I believe Kat has a great future with you and for what it’s worth she deserves a raise or at least a Xmas bonus and this comes from the most grateful mother on the planet Earth.
I hope you have a Happy Xmas and New Year,
On behalf of FLS, I just wanted to thank you again for your brilliant contribution to the forum on Saturday night. We’ve received such great feedback from the community and are really grateful you could attend and present.
Thanks again and I hope we can work together again in the near future.
Best, Ela Stewart
Community Development Officer
Good afternoon Kayleigh.
Would you please pass on our thanks to Rob and Kat for their efforts in this matter, and also for my daughter Name Witheld's matter.
We are so thankful for the fantastic outcomes achieved, we really appreciate your work.
Thanks and kind regards,
Name Witheld and family.
I cannot commend you highly enough on your performance last Thursday and Friday. Your commitment to my case was inspiring, when I knew that you had others pressing on Thursday, also gave me a confidence in you that I was struggling to find anywhere else. The result that you achieved for me, through your legal knowledge, and knowing how to “read magistrates and prosecutors for what they are worth” was priceless, and nothing short of a stellar performance. I will be sure to pass on your details at the drop a hat to anyone I ever come across that is in need of a lawyer to represent them.
Name Witheld 11/07/16
Thank you all again for your efforts. I was very impressed by Amelia's structure of questions, Andrews advice and Sarah's comforting small talk. Today will be a brighter day.
Names Witheld - 22/06/16
Just want to say a massive thank you for achieving that result for me. I was blown away by your professionalism and how easy you made that look! Legend!!
I greatly appreciate your time.
Name Withheld - 20/06/16
Dear Rob and Co,
Thank you so much for what you have done.
Words are never enough to truly express what a difference you and your team have made.
A huge weight has been lifted and it’s all thanks to your brilliance and your wonderful team.
I had not expected yesterday’s result and it still feels surreal.
I am so GRATEFUL.
Thank you SO MUCH!
Name Witheld - 11/06/16
We would like to say a big “Thank You” for all your hard work that you did for Name Withheld in Court today (07-01-2016) and on emails and visits.
We really appreciate your efforts and the professional expertise you have displayed and advice you have given us, and we are extremely pleased with the outcome.
Wishing you all the best for the future.
Enjoy the rest of your holidays!
Jessie is a highly proficient solicitor. With a family member as a recent client we were able to observe and experience the thorough manner in which she researched our brief and was able to provide excellent, effective and timely opinion and advice in what proved to be a very unique case. Her thorough and skillful documentation of all elements of this case was strongly commended by the presiding judge as was the professional manner in which she gave her defense presentation. From commencement to the successful completion of this matter she demonstrated both empathy and compassion for our whole family while at the same time keeping us fully briefed as the case unfolded. I commend her demonstrated expertise in legal reseach, legal writing, legal advice and criminal law.
Hi Rob, Marco and Simon,
I won't take up much of your time, but I just wanted to send a very quick - and long overdue - email to say a massive thank you for everything you have done for me over the last three years.
Aside from achieving an amazing outcome, your patience, compassion, understanding and empathy has been greatly appreciated. The time you spent with myself and my mum made all the difference in the world - and I realise we can't have been the easiest to deal with at times.
The work you do is so incredibly valuable. Having made such a huge mess of my life, I felt cut off from the world and completely disempowered. Having you guys in my corner, so to speak, was so reassuring for me. I knew that whatever the outcome, you had ensured I was given a fair go.
Your hard work and dedication certainly paid off - the result was nothing short of a miracle. Your efforts have allowed me to start a new chapter in my life. I'm loving uni and am excited about a new career where I feel I can do some good, I am employed and working hard, mental health wise I'm stable and doing all the right things and am still seeing my great team of treaters. I hate to tell you, but I'm not going to be a repeat client!!
In all seriousness though, a huge thank you to each of you. I am so pleased that there are people like yourselves in this world doing the great work you do.
Ok so maybe this wasn't as quick an email as I thought it was going to be. I'll finish up by saying - I owe you all lunch! Just let me know when suits.
I don't know how to put into words, to express my sincere gratitude, I have been alone for so long. My Father, for the last 13 years investigated how this happened. He was a great man of extreme principle. He worked so hard, it really killed him. He put a case together, there are three files, plus a 36 page report which marries off with the documentation in the files, I think this would be a good start.
Emily will help me, she has exams at present the last one on Saturday, so we will start on Monday and get the documents to you .
I am a bit overwhelmed with the thought that someone cares It's been a long 21 years, and has hurt a lot of people whom I love so dearly.
My Mother has now passed, I was fortunate to speak to her the night before she died, in that last conversation she made me promise to never give up, I gave my word I would never.
You see I am a person that a promise is my word, I thank you for ringing me today, it means so much .
Dear Mr. Stary,
We would like to express our sincere, heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Mr. Simon Moodie and everyone at Stary Norton Halphen Lawyers for the support, professionalism and compassion shown to us in Name Witheld's legal proceedings.
Our family was cast in a state of despair and we were floundering when we learnt that our son had been charged with a raft of serious crimes. Our devastation was exacerbated by our inability to know or understand how to assist our son and borther in this terrible situation.
Name Witheld was given a lifeline when Simon and Stary Norton Halphen Lawyers came to his assistance on a Legal Aid basis. Simon immediately listened to our concerns, he was both understanding and professional and was able to give us and Name Witheld a layman's interpretation of proceedings. At all times throughout the legal proceedings, Simon kept us informed, advised us of procedures and was able to communicate with our son and relay our concern when our son refused to have any communication with the family.
With Simon's support and encouragement we were able to attend the multiple court appearances which was a most difficult and confronting experience. We truly appreciate that Simon demonstrated the importance of our presence in the Court for Name Witheld. At such a distressing time, Simon's concise direction and empathetic counselling was invaluable.
Our profound thanks is extended to Simon for his integrity, fortitude, professionalism, compassion and humanity.