Archived Testimonials

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.

Name Witheld


Dear Marco,

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 .

Name Witheld


Dear Rob,

Just a quick note to say thanks very much for participating in yesterday's class. I really appreciate your willingness to give up your time, and I thought that the class went really well. It was great for students (and for me) to get a better perspective on the broader context in which the terrorism cases have occurred.

Best wishes,



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.

Thanks again

Name Witheld


Hey Robert,

You may not remember me but you represented me 5 years ago, after I made some stupid decisions.. I just wanted to thank you for your help. I have just bought a house and I am about to start my own plumbing business in the new year, which I would not have been able to do without you and my counsellor's help. 
Thanks Again Robert

Name Withheld


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.

Yours Sincerely

Name Witheld


Hey Rob,

Wanted to thank you and give you some feedback.  The young man that last year you sent to Patrick Allen, it was all worth it.  So you did the initial court case and got him an order and then he reoffended but your guy still defended him and now he is just about to do 200 days off all substances.... impressive I am not sure I could do 200 days off all substances.

We have just accepted him into a VU youth work course ....a gateway program and he is determined you know this young man will make a difference with some nurturing along the way.

So thanks for your contribution as always.

Professor Robyn Broadbent
Victoria University
Discipline Leader Youth Work


On behalf of Michael and myself, thank you for all your efforts and support during a situation which we clearly didn’t believe we should have been in.
During the lead up and on the day (yesterday) you really made us feel comfortable for a not so good situation.
Understand getting results for your clients is your job, but we believe it’s important to share and voice our positive views .
Thanks again,

Names Witheld


Dear Mr Stary,

I want to extend my gratitude and appreciation for everything you have done for Ashleigh and I. Also to your professional staff, everyone that I had contact with from Siobhan at the front desk to others within the office.
I am feeling blessed that Nicole recommend you and also with the outcome today.
Thank you so much Rob.

Kindest Regards
Name Witheld


Hello Jarrod,
I don’t know how to thank you for everything you have done for Luke. The amount of work that went into preparation and presentation of Peta’s submission was so obvious and gratifying.  I couldn’t have brought more to the table myself – every avenue was explored and, by the end of it, I felt that the judge knew quite a lot about who Luke is and not just what he did.  I know it made a great difference to how his Honour viewed the sentencing.   Putting Luke on the stand to speak about his drug addiction, his regret and his remorse was not only good for his case but incredibly good for Luke.  Thank you for that positive.
Thank you again Jarrod.  What you perceive as a career actually makes such a difference to lives that have gone awry.  Your work with Luke and your understanding has led him down the first steps of that path.  Whatever happens from here, I will always be very grateful to you.
Warmest regards,
Name Witheld


To Sam Norton

I don't even know where to start.  Sam, I will be forever grateful to you for your hard, passionate work for me in my recent criminal trial at the County Court.  I know we were up against it and some of the evidence against me as we spoke about pre-trial, but you just dug in day in day out and went beyond what you had to do for my best outcome.  At the end of the day, I would not have come home to my family if it was not for you.  The tragedy of that would have been huge.

When the jury's verdicts were read out, they have replayed in my head several times a day and all the verdicts announced were as a result of your really hard work for me and I will never be able to thank you enough.  Sam, if I had a spare million dollars, you would be the person I would gift it to.

I first spoke to Rob Stary about my situation a couple of years ago and I still remember his words (this needs to be fought the right way).  Thanks to you Sam, he was right.  You fought and fought for me and as far as I'm concerned and gave me my life back.

Sam, I wish you all the best.  To a professional and inspirational man of hard work and integrity, I will never forget you Sam and my family will certainly never forget you either.

Kind Regards,

Name Witheld


Jessie and Rob,

I have admired the commitment you and the firm have shown in this case in the best traditions of a legal system that has otherwise seriously failed in this case. Thank you.

Saney is more positive than I could be.

Name Witheld


Hi Kat,

We would like to express our gratitude and thanks for your efforts this morning at the Ringwood Magistrates' Court. We are extremely happy with our result and the way you conducted yourself with us with your professionalism and friendliness.We will recommend you to anyone we know in the future who may need the services of a solicitor.

Thanks again!

Yours sincerely,

Names Withheld


Dear Mr Stary,

In relation to our recent conversation, my fiancee David and I would just like to extend a huge thank you. We greatly appreciate the time you took and your extremely professional manner. It has been a HUGE HELP and has brought some hope and relief. So thank you again so very very very much. May all good things come your way. Take care.


Name Witheld


Dear Rob,

We would like to write you this letter to express our sincere gratitude for the highly professional manner you conducted yourself in respect to our son’s case.

Andrew and ourselves are impressed with your level of expertise, knowledge, ability to provide a right advice to us during the process. Your experience in the field together with the simple human sensitivity and understanding played a huge part in achieving the excellent outcome for Andrew which become a mile stone for him. Now, with a great relief, he is able to move on with his future life plans without any road blocks and set backs.

We want to say a big THANK YOU for all your work and advice. We have no hesitation in recommending you and your firm, because you are credit to your profession and we wish you all the best for the future.

Kind regards,

Names Witheld


Dear Rob,

Thankyou so much Robert Stary for supporting the community of Tecoma in our fight against Macca's.

We are in this situation due to an undemocratic process which I'm sure you're all over. You would know I've been living in Upwey with my wife and 2 kids for the last 11 years. We are all so passionate about this fight against MacDonalds - thankyou again!


Hello Rob,

I have received much positive feedback from the evening. People loved your talk and found the issues you raised thought provoking. They loved the film and are still discussing the horror of it. You gave a great introduction giving the film a context that made the evening so much more powerful and affecting. I keep walking into discussions, about elected officials and how it affects the justice system, increased incarceration, bias and stereotyping, poverty and of course every one is trying to work out who was the actual killer.

It was a very successful evening.

Again thank you for coming to Mildura and sharing with us your knowledge and for making the evening such a success.

Many thanks



Dear Rob,

Although I have only met you once or twice on the steps of the Melbourne Magistrates Court I have a clear view of the work that you do and the success that you achieve both for your clients and in the valuable support of our society in the rule of law and more generally.

I want to offer you my personal support at that of this firm. You have our respect.

Indeed you may not be aware but many years ago a highly respected practitioner Mr Tony Macken who ran the law firm AJ Macken was subject to a nasty report in The Age newspaper.

 I knew Tony well and as in your case the claim was without substance or merit but merely made to cause distress and embarrassment. I had a lunch with Tony soon after and he told me that in the wash up it cause no harm to his practice.

His business in fact grew. I trust that the same will apply for you. I wish you every success and do not be in any way disheartened.

Like you, I run a practice in which I represent people usually on a one off basis who have a wear bargaining position and legal issues which are not always easy to resolve.

Thank You


Dear Robert, George, Michael and Brendan,

I wish to thank you all for the defence that you have given my son over the past few weeks.

It's been a diffiult time to have gone throught the trial and then "judgement"day.  However, whatever the outcome I truly believe that Jason could not have received better representation than all of you.

Personally, it's been very difficult to watch my son go through this.  If it were not for all of you it would have been almost impossible.

Thank you, thank you and thank you.

Best wishes and regards,

Name Witheld


Dear Rob,

Sincere thanks for your excellent professional support and personal regard during a very challenging time for us.  Please thank Tim Schocker too.

Best wishes for your ongoing good health, happiness and professional success.


Name Witheld


Dear Rob,

Sincere thanks for your excellent professional support and personal regard during a very challenging time for us.  Please thank Tim Schocker too.

Best wishes for your ongoing good health, happiness and professional success.


Name Witheld


 Dear Rob,

I just wanted to thank you for your wise counsel and efforts in helping our son in the Magistrates' Court.

For our family, this is a most unprecedented event and a most stressful one.  The great result enabling our son to go onto the Diversion program has allowed us to reflect on the alternative and we are so relieved that he can put this episode/mistake behind him.

Our son is a happy young man again, actually doing some study, working to pay off his debt and looking at getting his life back on track.  We are most grateful to you.

Best regards,

Name Witheld


Dear Rob,

I just wanted to send you a quite note to say thank you for all your help in Arthur's cases.  It means a lot to me as I am sure even more to Arthur.  It is one thing less he needs to worry about and hopefully assist him further in his recovery.

You are a very special and calming person and all your assistance is greatly appreciated.


Name Witheld

Dear Rob, Marco, Matthew and Louise,

Thank you for everything you did for my brother and my family during the two worst years of our lives.  It was a long journey and I'm glad we were able to do it with your support.

Even though the trial was horrible, I'm glad we went all the way.

Thank you for getting the best possible result.

Name Witheld


Dear Mr. Stary,

I have recently been represented by your firm in a legal matter having Jarrod Behan and Deanna Caruso appear on my behalf with a very satisfactory result. Unfortunately my representation had to be financed by Victoria Legal Aid so I had concerns that the level of priority my case would receive may compare to the limited amount of money available to fund it. From the time I was originally charged until the final plea and sentencing was a total of nineteen months. During this time I had the haunting concern of losing my freedom to a prison sentence hanging over my head.

The purpose of this letter is to bring to your attention to the invaluable role that Name Witheld from your office played in helping me cope with this concern and the legal mechanics of this matter. She is an absolute asset to your company and made me feel like my case was not just being played through its legal paces but in fact had a place amongst any and all of the clients being represented by “Robert Stary Lawyers”, regardless of its minimal funding. (Ms) Name Witheld was always a wealth of information, up to date and “on top of” anything to do with my case whenever I called. Her council and support made me feel like I was in good hands at a time when my freedom was hanging in the balance.

(Ms) Name Witheld represents the kind of support that I would expect from a legal firm if I were paying top dollar so I am very grateful to have benefited from her professional dedication and natural concern, considering I was not a big billing client. I would like to thank you for the representation your firm provided and would not hesitate to recommend you or use your services again in the future.

Yours faithfully,

Name Witheld


Thank you for all your assistance and advice in relation to the incident with {Client}. We are in no doubt that without your network of contacts that the outcome would have been life changing for him.

Sincere thanks
Clients Parents