Galbally Rolfe was founded in 1976 by Robert Galbally and Brian Rolfe, both of whom had previously been members of the Victorian Bar. It was the first firm in Victoria to practice solely in criminal defence and remains one of the most highly regarded criminal defence firms in Australia. Over our near 35 year history, we have appeared in some of the most complex and high profile matters in Australian legal history. These matters include the prosecutions of Alan Bond, Dominic Gatto, Mario Condello, Andrew Veniamin, Garry Ablett Snr and Bruno Grollo, as well as our recent success in the ASIC prosecutions of Mr. Peter Geary and the successful overturning of a murder conviction in the matter of Moustapha Dib.
Today our practice includes representation and advice in the areas of criminal prosecutions, corporate law in a criminal context and professional disciplinary hearings in all jurisdictions, from the Magistrates Court to the Federal Court, the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeal in every state of Australia and the High Court of Australia.
As a firm, we are joined in our mutual belief that every accused person is entitled to a fair trial before a Jury of their peers. We continue to defend our clients with the utmost integrity and passion in order to achieve the best possible result for our clients. Assisting clients through the difficulties of a criminal prosecution is not only a matter of giving good advice; at Galbally Rolfe we are proud of our reputation for establishing a strong and supportive rapport with clients, particularly in the long and emotionally challenging course of a major criminal trial. All matters are subject to partner oversight and supervision and all clients are treated as individuals.
Galbally Rolfe’s success is largely due to the exceptional skills of our individual members and we pride ourselves on our ability to work together as a team for our clients. In our history, we have attracted the most talented and passionate criminal advocates to take up the positions as associates and senior associates with our firm. Past employees of Galbally Rolfe have progressed to the Victorian Bar, becoming accomplished Barristers, have been appointed Magistrates in Courts across Victoria, and have become members of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Galbally Rolfe are specialists in the use of electronic data management systems for maximum access to and cross referencing of the huge amounts of information generated by complex criminal trials, in particular those matters involving voluminous surveillance materials.
Because Galbally Rolfe is held in high regard, we have access to, and only use, the best barristers (counsel), who, in complex criminal matters, especially, are essential to obtaining a successful outcome. Our long experience also enables us to match the client with the right barrister as we appreciate that every client, and every case, is unique.
Galbally Rolfe has unparalleled experience in the defence of clients facing criminal prosecutions.
Brian Rolfe retired from practice as of 30 March 2013.