The principal of Spicer Lawyers, Nicole Spicer was admitted to practice as an Australian lawyer in 1997 after graduating from Melbourne University with Honours, and has worked as a criminal lawyer since that time.
Nicole has been accredited as a specialist in criminal law by the Law Institute of Victoria since 2002, and has appeared in a wide range of criminal matters in the Magistrates' Court, County Court and Supreme Court including serious drug matters, fraud, sexual abuse, driving offences, money laundering and drug importation.
Previously a partner at Robert Stary and Associates (www.robertstary.com.au), Nicole continues to maintain a strong commitment to defending individuals charged with criminal offences, however has also developed a strong practice in the areas of Confiscation law (proceeds of crime and property subject to restraining orders), victims of crime compensation, civil proceedings arising from criminal matters, discrimination and other employment related matters.
Nicole is one of the few lawyers in Victoria who specialises in Confiscation law and regularly appears in the County Court and Supreme Court on behalf of persons whose property has been restrained, or other persons with an interest in restrained property.
Lana Treasure is also a lawyer at Spicer Lawyers. Lana graduated from Monash University with First Class Honours and completed the Leo Cussen practical legal training course. She has also completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Legal and Dispute), graduating with Distinctions.
Lana has extensive experience in criminal law administration and is developing a particular expertise in Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal applications, compensation for victims of crime, domestic violence and sexual violence. Whilst at university, Lana wrote an Honours thesis entitled 'Family Violence and Duress: What is the law's approach where battered defendants argue duress?'. This thesis examined the law's approach, and the difficulties involved, where defendants who have been the victim of domestic violence argue duress as a defence to a criminal charge.
Lana grew up in Bairnsdale in country Victoria and understands the difficulties associated with legal representation in sensitive matters when living in small country towns. She is particularly interested in facilitating access to justice in regional and rural areas.
Pete Nannery joined our team in July 2012 from the Barwon Community Legal Service in Geelong.
After graduating from Deakin University Law School in 2010. Pete worked as a Paralegal at the Barwon Community Legal Service in conjunction with completing his Practical Legal Training diploma at the Leo Cussen Institute. Pete was admitted to practice in August 2011. He has a strong commitment to social justice, evidenced by his work as the duty lawyer in the Family Violence Intervention Order List at the Geelong Magistrates’ court and his time volunteering at the Western Suburbs Legal Service during his University studies. He has gained experience appearing for client’s in numerous jurisdictions including; Magistrates’ and County court, along with administrative tribunals such as the Victims of Crime Assitance Tribunal.
Our Legal Assistant Courtney Cameron, who has graduated from degrees in science and law from La Trobe University. Courtney brings with her the valuable attributes of a committment to social justice and forensic skills.