Dr Gregory D Woods KC

Admission Dates
NSW Bar: 1972
King’s Counsel: 1981

Academic Qualifications
LLD, PhD, Dip Ed

Principal Areas of Practice
Dr Woods appears in the Court of Criminal Appeal, as Defence Counsel in Supreme Court trials and on behalf of applicants for Supreme Court bail. He also appears in commissions of inquiry, prepares applications for special leave to appeal to the High Court and advises on the criminal law and related areas.

Professional Background
• Adjunct Professor of Law, University of New South Wales, 2016-
• Judge, District Court of New South Wales, 1997-2017 & 2019 – 2022
• Director, Criminal Law Review Division, 1979-1984
• Public Defender and Deputy Senior Public Defender, 1979-1984
• Ministerial adviser on law reform to six Attorneys-General, 1977-1984
• Private Bar, 1972-1979, 1984-1997, 2017-
• Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Sydney, 1970-1979

• “A History of Criminal Law in NSW: The New State, 1901-1955” (in press)
• “A History of Criminal Law in NSW: The Colonial Period, 1788-1900”, 2002
• “Sexual Assault Law Reforms in NSW”, 1981
• “Law and Order in Australia”, (with PG Ward), 1972

Some cases of note
• Kable v Director of Public Prosecutions (1996) 189 CLR 51, in which the High Court struck down as constitutionally invalid legislation which provided for the preventative detention of the Appellant.
• R v Grassby (1992) 62 A Crim R 351, in which the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the convictions of a former Cabinet Minister for criminal defamation and entered verdicts of acquittal.
• R v Zaidi (1991) 57 A Crim R 189, in which the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the convictions of a doctor for sexual assaults upon patients and ordered a retrial.
• R v Davies (1991) 53 A Crim R 122, in which the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the convictions of the Appellant for fraud offences and ordered a retrial on the basis of a jury irregularity.
• R v Drummond (No 2) (1990) 46 A Crim R 408, in which the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the conviction of the Appellant for conspiracy to murder and ordered a retrial.
• R v Mok (1987) 27 A Crim R 438, in which the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the conviction of the Appellant for conspiracy to supply heroin and ordered a retrial.
• R v Visconti [1982] 2 NSWLR 104, in which the Court of Criminal Appeal upheld an appeal against a sentence of 24 years of imprisonment for sexual offences and imposed a sentence of 13 years in substitution therefor.
• R v Portolesi [1973] 1 NSWLR 105, in which the Court of Criminal Appeal upheld an appeal against sentence. The Court ruled that, in general, relatively short non-parole periods should be fixed so as to promote rehabilitation. This decision led to a marked decrease in the prison population of New South Wales, until the High Court overruled it in PoweR v The Queen (1974) 131 CLR 623.

Ian Lloyd KC

5Admission Dates
NSW Bar: 1977
Bar of England & Wales (Gray’s Inn): 1985
Admitted to Hong Kong Bar: 1985
Admitted to the New York Bar: 1986
Appointed King’s Counsel: 1989

Principal Areas of Practice
•   Criminal Law
•   Criminal (Environmental)

Academic Qualifications
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) University of Sydney 1977

Previous Experience
1977 – 1979
Self-employed at the Sydney Bar with a general practice in the areas of commercial law, common law, family law and crime. During this period I successfully defended Australia’s largest fraud case to that time (the Barton Case). Appearances in courts at all levels from the Magistracy to the High Court of Australia.
1980 – 1986
Employed as Senior Crown Counsel for and Consultant to the Hong Kong Government prosecuting serious criminal matters, including homicides, complex frauds, securities regulation and ICAC corruption offences. I frequently appeared in all tiers of Hong Kong’s appeal courts.
1987 – 1988
In private practice at the Hong Kong Bar prosecuting (on fiat) and defending major fraud and corruption cases. Between 1986 and 1988 the complex fraud cases prosecuted by me as lead counsel for the Hong Kong Government (both for ICAC and CCB) included the O.T.B. Case, the Hang Lung Bank Case, the American & Panama Finance case, and the Dollar Credit Case.
1989 – 1995
NSW Senior Crown Prosecutor prosecuting all types of criminal indictable matters dealt with by the NSW DPP including many large scale fraud and corruption cases. At the time of my departure from the Crown Prosecutors Chambers, I held the position of Senior Crown Prosecutor for NSW and had responsibility for supervising the work of some 75 Crown Prosecutors. I frequently appeared for the Crown before the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.
I was seconded from the Crown Prosecutors chambers to work as the first General Counsel for the newly formed NSW Independent Commission against Corruption (‘ICAC’).
1994 – 1995
At the request of Michael Kirby OAM, High Court Justice, I took a year’s leave of absence from the NSW Crown Prosecutors Chambers to work in Cambodia with the United Nations, training Cambodian judges and prosecutors.
1995 – Present
Private practice at the Hong Kong and NSW Bars, specialising in all areas of crime and planning Law in Hong Kong and the large variety of criminal work in NSW and all areas of work within the jurisdiction of the NSW Land & Environment Court, including the prosecution and defence of many high profile pollution cases. I frequently appear in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.
Academic Experience
1977 – 1979
Part time lecturer in Family Law and Succession at the NSW University of Technology
1980 – 1988
Part time lecturer in Business Law in the MBA Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
1980 – 1982
Part time lecturer in Banking Law at the Hong Kong Polytechnic
2008 – 2010
Part time lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney

Anthony Bellanto KC

Admission Dates
Legal Profession: 1967
NSW Bar: 1967
King’s Counsel: 1988

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Sentencing
  • Appeals

Academic Qualifications
LLB. Sydney University – 1968

Professional Background
Crown Counsel and Senior Crown Counsel (Hong Kong) 1975 – 1978
Crown Prosecutor 1978 – 1984

Recent Cases in the Court of Criminal Appeal

  • Mansweto v R [2018] NSWCCA – successful appeal against sentence – manifest excess
  • [Restricted decision] [2019] NSWCCA 190 – successful appeal against conviction –unfair summing up
  • Daaboul v R [2019] NSWCCA 191 – successful appeal against conviction – unreasonable verdict
  • Casella v R [2019] NSWCCA 201 – successful appeal on sentence – manifest excess

Papers Delivered

  • The Rule Against Hearsay – The impact of the new legislation on the “old chestnut”; The requirement to give notice with respect to witnesses – Delivered at Legal and Accounting Management Seminar on Thursday 28 March, 1996 at Masonic Centre, Sydney.
  • The line between legitimate cross examination and exposing the character of the accused – Delivered at Criminal Law Specialists’ Conference, June 1996.
  • Implied and Inherent Power – Delivered on Wednesday 11 March 1998 at the Law Society of NSW.
  • Sex, Lies & Medicos – Delivered at Europe Pacific Medico-legal & Industrial Law Conference, Cortina d’ampezzo. Italy on 10-17 January, 1998.
  • Sentencing for environmental offences – Delivered on Friday 6 February 1998 at the Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library.
  • Current issues in jury trials – Delivered on Saturday, 14 February 1998 at the Dixon Room, State Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney.
  • Sentencing – Guidelines and Important Judgments of the Court of Criminal Appeal – Delivered on Saturday 4 March 2000 at State Library of New South Wales.
  • Keeping the Client Out of Gaol – Superior Courts By Anthony J Bellanto KC and Steven Torpey, 22 March 2001.
  • Delayed Complaint of Sexual Assault – A Defence Perspective, 24 May 2001.
  • Costs in Criminal Cases. 31 October 2001
  • Instinctive Synthesis or Two-Stage Approach: Does it Really Matter? Discretion in Sentencing, 30 July 2004.
  • “A New Way to Sentence for Serious Crime”: A Response to Spigelman CJ – Delivered at the Criminal Law Specialists Day held at State Library, 4 June 2005.
  • Drug Abuse as a Defence – Delivered to the Medico-Legal Society of NSW, 7 March 2007.
  • Making Effective Bail Applications – Delivered at The College of Law, Criminal Law Update, 30 November 2007.
  • Are Too Many Rights Wrong? Debate held by the Macquarie University Law School, 10 September 2009.
  • The Art of Advocacy – Delivered at the Continuing Professional Development Seminars, 17 November 2010.
  • Developments in Double Jeopardy and the Application of the Statutory Non-Parole Period – Delivered at the Lexis Nexis Criminal Law Conference, 30 November 2011.
  • Criminal Law Update: A review and analysis of some important changes to the criminal law. Delivered at the Sydney CLE Conference, 30 March 2012.
  • The Guilty Plea – Sentencing Advocacy – Delivered at the UNSW CLE Criminal Law Essential Update Conference, 11 March 2015.
  • Dealing with Stress and Trauma in Your Criminal Law Practice – Delivered at the Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 21 March 2015.
  • Police Investigative Powers in Drug Trafficking Cases – Delivered at the Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 12 March 2016.
  • Child Sexual Offence Evidence: The New Pilot Scheme – Delivered at the Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 11 March 2017.
  • The Royal Commission Model Legislation to Amend Evidence Laws: Tendency and Coincidence, but not as we know it… or do we know it all – Delivered at the Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 10 March 2018.
  • The Continued Utility of General Deterrence as a Purpose of Sentencing – Delivered at the Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 16 March 2019.