Our Solicitors

Deng Adut

Deng Adut is one of Australia’s best-known lawyers for his work in the courtroom and as a community leader. He is the 2017 NSW Australian of the Year and a recipient of the prestigious Law Society President’s medal. Deng has been described as the Pride of Australia by News Corporation. He was invited by NSW Premier Mike Baird to give the 2016 Australia Day Address, which drew critical acclaim home and abroad. 

In 2016, Deng also published a critically acclaimed memoir, Songs of a War Boy, about his journey from child soldier and refugee, to putting himself through law school and becoming one of Australia’s best lawyers. He was the subject of a portrait that won the People’s Choice at the Archibald Prize. His life story recently featured in an advertisement for Western Sydney University, which went viral.

Deng is a co-founder and partner at AC Law Group, practising in the areas of criminal and immigration law. Prior to this, he practised at 3 reputable Sydney criminal law firms, has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to social justice, working at Blacktown Local Court as a liaison officer to the local Sudanese community and at Parramatta Community Justice Clinic, providing disadvantaged members of the community access to the legal justice system. Deng regularly acts as a spokesperson for the Sudanese community and has frequently appeared in the media to advocate for their interests. Deng is committed to making a positive difference and in doing so, devotes much of his time to mentoring and supporting the community. Read more about Deng on his website.

Joseph Correy

Joseph Correy has advocated for justice most his adult life. As an activist, journalist and criminal lawyer, he has never shied away from a court case or cause he believed in.

Raised on Little Eveleigh St, Redfern, and a product of Redfern school, he is no novice to bad cops, communities oppressed and court battles. He entered law shortly after the death of TJ Hickey to hold the police force accountable. To this day, he continues to stand beside many Indigenous clients in their battle for justice.

Joseph is passionate about his clients and gone above and beyond what most solicitors do. He has a pro bono practice as large as any solicitor in the state. This is in addition to a private practice that is the busiest at Australian Criminal Law Group. He is a workaholic who is regarded as a solicitor with one of the sharpest legal minds in NSW.

Before opening Australian Criminal Law Group with Deng Adut, Joseph worked for two of the largest law firms in Sydney that specialise in criminal law. He left to build a different breed of lawfirm that put communities before commerce and people before profit. His experience ranges the entire spectrum of criminal law from traffic matters to murder. Whether in the Local Court before a Magistrate or in the District Court and Supreme Courts before a jury, Joseph gets client’s results.

Joseph lives and breathes the law. Australian Criminal Law Group is a reflection of his belief that the fight for justice is never over.

Sarah Ha’angana

Sarah Ha’angana was invited to join Australian Criminal Law Group by partner Deng Adut who wanted a homegrown criminal lawyer to be part of his hand-picked team.

Born and raised in Blacktown’s neighbouring suburb of Doonside, Sarah is familiar with the problems faced by many in the west. Based in Blacktown, she is proud to represent the needs of individuals in her community. She is determined to defend anyone who is accused unfairly, or who may simply be overwhelmed by the whole criminal justice process. Read More

Sarah worked in prosecution and defence before focusing her ambitions on a career at Australian Criminal Law Group. Having a wide background in pro-bono and non-for-profit legal work, she found our firm to be the perfect place in which to maintain her strong focus on social justice within the legal industry.

Sarah is now one of our youngest and brightest solicitors with a knack for courtroom advocacy and a growing record of providing our clients with outstanding results and excellent service. Sarah is a firm believer that to achieve justice in Criminal proceedings, defendants should always be legally represented. Without legal representation for both sides, there is unfairness and inequality.

Rebecca Black

Rebecca came to Australian Criminal Law Group, having honed her craft at two major Sydney criminal law firms and the Aboriginal Legal Service.

Rebecca was head hunted to join Australian Criminal Law Group due to her experience as a criminal lawyer in private and public practice. This background gives her an underdog fight at court and red carpet mentality when it comes to client service. She is a fierce advocate of justice and fearlessly puts forward the cases of her clients.

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Before becoming a lawyer, Rebecca was an educator. She ran a vocational college, tutored law, and taught female inmates at Dillwynia Correctional Centre. Her educational background means she not only has an intricate knowledge of the law but is also an astute communicator of it.

Throughout her different career paths, Rebecca has never stopped helping people no matter their social status, cultural or socioeconomic background, and mental or physical disability. Her passion is undeniable and considered her greatest asset by many of our clients. Rebecca is a formidable opponent to the prosecution no matter what challenges you face in the criminal courts of Australia.

Steven Mercael

Steven Mercael is a driven and tenacious criminal lawyer who has come out of the western suburbs to walk into the spotlight as one of the best young criminal lawyers in Sydney. His cases include clients charged with murders, manslaughter, and other serious offences, including cases that have received national and international press coverage.

Steven commenced his career as a law clerk at Australian Criminal Law Group, and was mentored by some of the finest criminal solicitors and barristers in Australia. Whilst having learned from the best, Steven developed a style of his own: part law scholar, part court room brawler, and all about his clients.

Steven’s ability to understand his clients and communicate with them effectively, allows for their voices to be heard in court.  He continually dismantles prosecution witnesses on the stand and persuades magistrates and judges into agreeing with defence submissions.

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He understands the stress that his clients face when dealing with the courts, and is there to protect all their interests, taking on all their problems head on. He prides himself on providing clear and accurate legal advice, with a careful assessment of each individual case.

Steven has and always will be dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have been accused of criminal offences. He continues to strive to use all his power to ensure that his clients always get the best possible result.

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