The Defence Team

When our clients retain us, they are instructing a defence team to act on their behalf. Our team is tailor-fitted to the needs of each client and case.

A defence team may include lead counsel, co-counsel, an investigator, a law clerk and specialist experts. Each team is configured based on the needs of the client and his or her case.

Aaron Kernaghan



Aaron Kernaghan LLB Hons BA (English) BA (Philosophy) GradDip (Legal Practice) is the Principal of Kernaghan & Associates and focusses upon Royal Commission and other public inquiries (including coronial inquiries) and criminal trial, defended-hearing and appeal litigation. He is an experienced criminal law litigator with a background in complex criminal prosecution and defence work as well as appearing on behalf of sexual assault survivors at Royal Commissions. He regularly appears in each of the major criminal law court jurisdictions as well as related work including appearing in Coronial Inquiries, The Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Abuse and various inquiries. He has worked as a lecturer for NSW Police Detectives training course, taught evidence law at the University of Wollongong Law School and provides ongoing training to pre and post-graduate law students. Aaron has unique experience in criminal law, from working at the Criminal Law Review Division of the Attorney General’s Department to being Professional Assistant to the Director of Public Prosecutions. His background as prosecutor and defender provide our clients with a powerful combination of skills and breadth of knowledge in the conduct of their cases.

Aaron is a member of the Media and Arts Alliance (musician division), the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law. He is a member of the NSW Law Society, Law Institute of Victoria and the Queensland and Adelaide Law Societies and is a co-founding member of the Australian College of Solicitor Advocates. Aaron is an active member of the local community, contributing pro bono legal services to his home town as well as being an active participant in the regions music and cultural life. He currently serves as legal counsel to SoPopera Productions and the Phoenix Theatre and is a supporter of Merrigong Theatre, Opera Australia and many other performing arts organisations in Australia. A trained classical musician, conductor and composer, Aaron has earned himself a reputation as something of a renaissance man – a diverse skill-set he deploys regularly for his local community.

Aaron has lectured in constitutional law, litigation, advocacy and criminal law and is regularly an external assessor for the University of Wollongong Law Schools Professional Legal Training course. Aaron has lectured in forensics and evidence law throughout Australia. From his home-base in Wollongong, Aaron’s work has seen him lead the criminal defence of the most high-profile cases in the region and far beyond. Aaron is currently at work on a project in Queensland for the survivors of child sexual abuse in seeking the resumption of previously terminated prosecutions against their alleged attackers.  Aaron uses his experience on all sides of the criminal justice system to provide the strongest, most thorough and high-level advice and advocacy for everyone – whether they be the Accused or the Victim or a witness needing help.

Aaron is a member of the following Professional Institutions:
The Australian College of Solicitor-Advocates (ACSA)
International Bar Association
Law Society of New South Wales
Law Institute of Victoria
Queensland Law Society
Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance (MEAA)
Australian Society of Legal Philosophy (ASLP)

The Australian Association of Constitutional Law (AACL)
Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL)