Criminal Law

We are happy assist in relation to all aspects of criminal law in the Magistrates', County or Supreme Courts such as:
• Applying for legal aid;
• Advice before a Police interview;
• Advising clients held in custody;
• Making a bail application;
• Pleas of guilty;
• Contesting charges;
• Appeals.
We provide a free first interview where you will receive upfront quotes for costs involved at that time. As a member firm of the Victoria Legal Aid Summary and Indictable Crime Panels, we will also advise you about your eligibility to receive Legal Aid and assist you in completing an application.
Police prosecutions are extremely distressing for the person charged and their family members. Experienced, efficient, and cost effect representation will assist you through the ordeal.
Pat McComish has extensive experience in indictable and summary criminal matters and traffic matters. He regularly appears as a solicitor advocate in both the County and Magistrate’s courts. Pat has established links with experienced barristers who are happy to provide advice and assistance. With the assistance of Matt Pitkin and Nicole Brodie your criminal matter will be handled with respect and dedication.
If you are charged by the police act quickly as delay can be detrimental. We are dedicated criminal defence solicitors who are available to provide initial advice.
Nicole was born and raised in Hamilton and moved to Warrnambool in 2005. She has completed a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice through Navitas College of Public Safety. Nicole’s experience in the legal industry began in 2009 and has worked in many areas of law such as family law, conveyancing, wills and estates and civil litigation. She joined Brown McComish Solicitors in August 2015 as Pat McComish’s personal assistant and helps with his criminal and personal injury matters. Her office hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Nicole Brodie

Legal Assistant

Matt grew up and completed school in Casterton in Victoria’s south west. He completed a Bachelor of Laws at Deakin University in Warrnambool in 2017 and was admitted to the Supreme Court in March 2018. While studying Matt worked in hospitality before obtaining a position at Brown McComish Solicitors in March 2017. After he was admitted Matt then joined the team as a solicitor working closely with Pat McComish on Magistrates’ Court criminal and personal injury matters as well as VOCAT and intervention orders. He is also a member of the Law Institute of Victoria. His office hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday.
Pat hails from Belfast Northern Ireland where he studied at Christian Brothers Secondary School before moving to Australia in the 1980s. Pat’s interest in personal injury law was influenced by his own personal experiences. Before becoming a solicitor Pat had a variety of manual occupations including but not limited to taxi driver, a painter and decorator at Lord’s Cricket Ground and a security guard. After suffering a workplace injury as a porter in 1988 Pat gained an intimate appreciation of the battles of injured workers during his own struggle for compensation. He returned to complete his secondary education at Box Hill studying part-time as a means to self-improvement but it was his crippling back injury that provided the motivation for a career in law. After realising that his injury would prevent him from a life of manual work he enrolled at Melbourne University where he went to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology and History) and then switching to also complete a Bachelor of Laws. He was admitted to the Supreme Court in 2000. Pat joined Tony as a founding partner of Brown McComish Solicitors in 2005. He maintains a strong empathy for his personal injury clients and is widely known for successfully representing Irish victims of sexual and institutional abuse throughout Australia under the Irish Redress Board Scheme. He is one of the most experienced lawyers in Australia with assisting Irish victims of abuse and he intends to use his experience with the upcoming Australian National Redress Scheme. He is also a proficient advocate in indictable and summary crime having represented clients from pleas in the Magistrates’ Court to trials in the Supreme Court and everything in between. He is a current member of the Victoria Legal Aid summary and indictable crime panels. Pat is always willing to pass on his knowledge and personal experiences to new practitioners and students. This compelled him to become a seasonal lecturer and tutor at Deakin University in Warrnambool focussing on criminal procedure. In his spare time Pat enjoys fishing, watching as much soccer as humanely possible, particularly Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League. His office hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday.

Pat McComish

Principal