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Morrisons are Wollongong’s leading Criminal and Traffic Lawyers, with two Accredited Specialists in Criminal Law as recognised by the NSW Law Society.

Criminal and Traffic Defence Lawyers


Wollongong, Illawarra, South Coast and across NSW

Morrisons are Wollongong’s leading criminal and traffic law experts. We provide legal advice and representation for people charged with criminal and traffic offences.

We specialise exclusively in criminal and traffic law and have been recognised as leading criminal lawyers throughout regional NSW. We are the only firm in the Wollongong, Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands regions that has two criminal lawyers recognised as Accredited Specialists in Criminal Law by the NSW Law Society. 

With over 63 years of combined experience, our specialist team of criminal and traffic defence lawyers is dedicated to helping our clients throughout the legal process – from start to finish.

We are based in Wollongong and assist clients in the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highland regions, as well as throughout NSW.

The criminal and traffic law process involves high stakes and significant consequences. We believe that people deserve our level of experience and expertise to navigate this difficult process.

Contact us now for a confidential consultation with a specialist criminal and traffic lawyer.

Our team of criminal and traffic lawyers

Graeme Morrison
Partner and Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law


LLB/BJURIS (UNSW) – Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Jurisprudence

Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law – NSW Law Society

Recommended Regional Criminal Lawyer – Doyles Guide

President – Albion Park Chamber of Commerce

Secretary – Illawarra Folk Club

Graeme is a Partner at Morrisons and has been practising criminal and traffic law since the 1970s. His name is synonymous with criminal defence work throughout the Illawarra and has been for more than four decades.

Graeme was identified as an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law by the NSW Law Society more than 20 years ago. He has extensive experience in all aspects of criminal law in courts throughout NSW.

Graeme is fuelled by the inherent variety and diversity of criminal law, deriving inspiration from adapting to different situations and addressing the unique aspects of each case. In 2020, 2022 and 2023, his expertise earned him recognition in Doyle’s rankings as a Recommended Criminal Lawyer in Regional NSW.

Graeme brings a wealth of experience to his role and clients, having started his career with the Aboriginal Legal Service and later as a solicitor at the Public Solicitors in Wollongong, now known as Legal Aid. With over four decades of practice, he founded ‘Graeme Morrison Law’ in 2010, later rebranded as ‘Morrisons’ in 2016.

Throughout his extensive career, Graeme has handled a diverse range of complex criminal cases – including murder, sexual assault, fraud, theft, housebreaking, domestic violence, drug and firearms offences – and has achieved a remarkable success rate. He thrives on the challenges of criminal law, always striving for the best outcomes for his clients and consequently recording a high success rate in his cases over the years.

Outside of his dedication to the legal field, Graeme gives his time back to the local community. He holds a number of positions within local community organisations, such as the Albion Park Chamber of Commerce and the Illawarra Folk Club.

Throughout his extensive career, Graeme has handled a diverse range of complex criminal cases – including murder, sexual assault, fraud, theft, housebreaking, domestic violence, drug and firearms offences – and has achieved a remarkable success rate. He thrives on the challenges of criminal law, always striving for the best outcomes for his clients and consequently recording a high success rate in his cases over the years.

Outside of his dedication to the legal field, Graeme gives his time back to the local community. He holds a number of positions within local community organisations, such as the Albion Park Chamber of Commerce and the Illawarra Folk Club.

Matthew Ward
Partner and Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law


LLB/GDLP (UOW) – Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law – NSW Law Society

Leading Regional Criminal Lawyer – Doyles Guide

Previous finalist – Regional Lawyer of the Year – Australian Law Awards

Previous finalist – Australian Law Awards – 30 under 30 (criminal law)

Accredited Specialist Advisory Committee (Criminal Law)

Criminal Law Chair – Wollongong and District Law Society

Matthew Ward is a Partner at Morrisons and an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law. He has been continually recognised as a leading criminal lawyer in regional NSW and is highly sought after across the state to provide legal advice and representation.

His outstanding skills were acknowledged in 2017 when he was identified as an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law by the NSW Law Society. At the time, he was one of the youngest successful candidates to obtain specialist accreditation in NSW.

In 2018, he became a partner at Morrisons and was appointed to the Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee with the NSW Law Society. This committee is responsible for setting and marking assessments for solicitors applying to be accredited specialists in criminal law.

In 2019 and 2020, Matthew was a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 in the category of Criminal Law. This is an Australia-wide assessment that identifies excellence in the field for people 30 years or younger. Also in 2019, he developed Morrisons’ Moot with the University of Wollongong – a criminal advocacy moot designed to assist and guide a student’s interest in learning about courtroom advocacy.

In 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 he was recognised as a Leading Criminal Lawyer in Regional NSW in the Doyle’s guide and is currently the Criminal Law Chair of the Wollongong and District Law Society. The Daily Telegraph has also recognised Matthew as one of the most influential lawyers in NSW.

Also in 2022, he was nominated and a finalist in the category of Regional Lawyer of the Year at the Australian Law Awards. In the same year, he founded the Morrisons scholarship at the University of Wollongong, financially assisting students with an interest in criminal law and providing them with practical experience at Morrisons.

​​Matthew is known for his meticulous preparation, attention to detail, strategic thinking and courtroom advocacy across all types of criminal law proceedings.

He advises and appears for clients in serious and complex criminal proceedings and regularly appears before the Local, District and Supreme Courts throughout NSW. He focuses on serious criminal offences such as murder, manslaughter, large scale drug supply, tax fraud, kidnapping, shootings, sexual offences and many more.

Matthew also appears in select civil cases against the NSW Police for false imprisonment, assault and battery, trespass and malicious prosecution.

Analise Ritchie
Solicitor, criminal and traffic law


LLB/GDLP (UOW) – Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

BIntSt (UOW) – Bachelor of International Studies

NSW Law Society

Analise holds a distinguished academic background with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Wollongong, complemented by a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

In 2018, Analise was awarded a scholarship under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan to participate in the University of Wollongong’s Malaysian Internship Program. This involved a four-week internship at Shook Lin and Bok in Kuala Lumpur. As an intern, she gained significant experience in an overseas firm and in varying types of law.

Throughout her time at university, Analise exhibited a strong commitment to her field – actively engaging with the University of Wollongong Law Student’s Society and providing valuable mentorship to first-year law students. Her passion for advocacy shone through in her successful participation in numerous court advocacy competitions.

Since her admission as a solicitor, Analise has exclusively specialised in criminal and traffic law. In this time, she has gained a wide variety of experience – regularly appearing in court for defended hearings, sentences and bail applications.

Analise also appears in more complex matters in the NSW District and Supreme Courts, representing clients in appeals, sentences, trials and bail applications. She works on a range of criminal and traffic matters including assault, domestic violence, fraud, sexual offences, driving and drug-related cases.

Analise is committed to delivering quality legal advice to the local communities of the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and South Coast regions. Her motivation to help people in need or who are travelling through hard times is evident in her case success since she has been a part of the Morrisons team.

Cameron Meaney
Solicitor, criminal and traffic law


LLB/GDLP (UOW) – Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

BCom (UOW) – Bachelor of Commerce (International Economics) with Distinction

NSW Law Society

Growing up in the Southern Highlands and working in Wollongong during university equipped Cameron with a unique understanding of the local region. This deep-rooted familiarity has enabled Cameron to forge meaningful and trustworthy relationships with clients.

He earned his double degree in Law and Commerce with a specialisation in International Economics from the University of Wollongong. During his university journey, Cameron’s remarkable efforts in founding the charity, Young Clothes for Homelessness (YCFH), earned him the prestigious Community Engagement Scholarship.

YCFH was designed to channel quality pre-loved clothes from the community into the hands of youth experiencing homelessness. This charity operated by hosting events and collaborating with local businesses and groups to maximise the opportunity to collect quality garments. The clothes were then donated to the Wollongong Homeless Hub.

During 2018, Cameron completed an internship program with Morrisons and gained valuable experience in assisting the solicitors in and out of the courtroom. This unique internship solidified Cameron’s commitment and passion for criminal and traffic law.

Cameron went on to complete his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and was admitted as a solicitor. Cameron exclusively specialises in criminal and traffic law, with a focus of providing high quality advocacy and legal advice for every client.

With a comprehensive skill set, Cameron has made appearances before the NSW Local Court and District Court taking on a wide array of cases – from hearings and bail applications to sentences, trials and appeals. He specialises in criminal and traffic law, with notable experience in handling cases related to sexual offences, assaults, alcohol and drug-related driving incidents as well as proceeds of crime charges.

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    Criminal Defence Law Specialists

    At Morrisons, we are experienced criminal defence lawyers with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the NSW legal system.

    Our firm practises exclusively in criminal law. It is all we have ever done, and it is all we will ever do. Our purpose is to provide you with expert representation and advice. This is at all stages of your case from the initial arrest and criminal investigation through to your final day in court.

    We possess expertise that can only be gained from experience and specialisation. We draw upon over half a century of criminal and traffic law experience to provide you with detailed and strategic legal advice. We pride ourselves on providing advice that is both clear and realistic.

    Morrisons can represent you in all types of criminal offences, ranging from Local Court proceedings to complex criminal investigations and trials. We regularly appear in the Local, District and Supreme Courts throughout NSW.

    As accredited specialists, Morrisons understand the nuances within the law that may affect you when charged with a criminal offence. The NSW Law Society only allows specialist accreditation to a small percentage of lawyers throughout NSW. Morrisons has two accredited specialists who lead a team of experienced solicitors, all who have practised exclusively in criminal and traffic law.

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    Traffic Defence Law Specialists

    If you have been charged with a traffic offence or have questions about traffic laws, the Morrisons team are here to provide expert legal representation and guidance.

    Although at first such traffic infringements and offences may seem straightforward, they can be riddled with complexities that have permanent consequences. Protecting your driving privileges is our priority, as we understand that for many NSW residents personal transport options are essential for everyday life.

    With an outcome-focused approach and our extensive understanding and experience with NSW traffic laws and regulations, we can help you to navigate the process and achieve the best outcome possible.

    Traffic offences can occur in a variety of situations and involve agencies such as the State Debt Recovery Office, Transport for NSW, the NSW Police and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. These agencies are usually governed by different laws and procedures, which often require a strategic approach to achieve the best outcome.

    Our expertise as traffic defence lawyers covers a wide range of traffic offences – including driving under the influence (alcohol/drugs), licence appeals, speeding, red light offences, using a mobile phone while driving, driving without a licence and many more.