Jacob practises in; Criminal Law, Intervention Orders, Child Protection and Family Law. He holds an Indictable Crime Certificate.
He has recently appeared in contested committals and County Court pleas. Jacob takes briefs for defence and prosecution. He possesses an Indictable Crime Certificate.
Jacob is experienced in all stages of child protection matters, from first mention to conciliation conference to final contest. He takes briefs for parents, children or DHHS.
Jacob is experienced in all aspects of intervention orders, from first mention to final contest. He represents both applicants and respondents.
Jacob has the skills and knowledge to take a family law matter from first mention to trial. He has a particular interest in taking on legally aided family law cases and circuit work.
Jacob is always looking to improve his legal knowledge and understands the vital importance of a psychological sense and 'soft' skills. This business, in the end, is about people—often very stressed and, at times, difficult people.
With him there is no ego and no nonsense, just a determination to get the job done. That means solving problems, taking the initiative, and making solicitors’ lives easier.
When he isn’t fighting it out in court, Jacob occasionally teaches at Leo Cussen Centre for Law.
Jacob's path through the law was somewhat unusual. Before being called to the Bar Jacob was a stage actor and a founding member of an independent theatre company. He then went straight to the Bar for a year, being no shirker of steep learning curves.
He thereafter worked at the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA in Broome, as a solicitor advocate, where the learning curve was even steeper. He appeared for clients in the Supreme Court, District Court, Magistrates' Court and Children's Court. He ran a jury trial, at least a dozen summary trials and performed what must have been hundreds of pleas and bail applications.
After meeting the love of his life and producing a son, he returned to the Victorian Bar in 2018, bringing his considerable experiential gains with him.
Jacob regularly takes legally aided briefs, briefs in country Victoria, and does the odd pro bono case.
Jacob read with David Sexton, now Judge D.A. Sexton of the County Court.
His Senior Mentor was George Georgiou SC, now Judge Georgiou of the County Court.