Jon Tippett QC Lawyer - Barrister and Criminal Lawyer in Darwin, NT - "Knowledge is power"

JON TIPPETT QC

BARRISTER / CRIMINAL LAWYER

 

Darwin, Northern Territory

Dedicated to my clients with the very best intentions
About Jon Tippett

Jon Tippett has been working as a Barrister for over 30 years in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. He has been involved with criminal court cases locally, interstate and internationally.

 

​1979 - 1982

​Victoria Bar

 

1982 - 1985

Central Australia Aboriginal Legal Aid Service

 

1986 - Present

Barrister at Law

 

2001

Appointed Queens Counsel

(Recommended by the Chief Justice of the Northern Territory for appointment in 2000)

Jon has been referred to in significant detail in two recent books "The People Smuggler" by Robin De Crespigny Penguin/Vicking 2012 and "Trouble - On Trial in Central Australia" Kieran Finnane ; 2016 University of Queensland Press.

The book examines two significant and high profile trials conducted by Jon on behalf of the defence. The first involved a very racially charged murder trial that involved the killing of a highly regarded member of the white community of Alice Springs. The trial involved a range of significant legal matters including the legality of jury selection in the Northern Territory and elements of present day racial conflict in the Northern Territory and is described as Race in the Dock.

 

The second significant case the book examines is that of the famous Melbourne AFL footballer and holder of the title "mark of the year", Walpiri man Liam Jurrah who Jon defended in relation to a charge of serious harm. Again the case involved serious tensions in the Walpiri community of Yuendumu and Alice Springs aptly titled Walpiri v versus The Queen

 

The most recent publication that follows and describes my advocacy is entitled;

 

 "Mandatory Murder - A True Story of homicide and injustice in an outback town"; Steven Schubert 2019 ABC Books

 

The subject matter of the book involves the first "contract killing" that has occurred in the Northern Territory. Jon acted for a young aboriginal man from Katherine Zac Grieve. The book highlights the serious injustice of the system of mandatory sentencing in the Northern Territory. Jon Tippet is described in the book in the following fashion:

 

"Zac Grieve was defended by Jon Tippett QC. Tippett began his career in Victoria, then headed to the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in Alice Springs before moving to Darwin to hang out his own shingle. He is known around the courts for his obsession with physical fitness, still looking like a body builder after forty years of practicing law, and his short stature is often boosted with chunk heels under his boots. Tippett is a bullish fighter of a lawyer. He can switch in an instant from charming and gregarious to sarcastic and angry, and has a way with words that can sometimes convince jurors of the impossible."

 

 

Services

Criminal Law

Jon represents with integrity through murder trials, drug trials (including large importations) and other senior work which take me before the juries in Supreme Court and into appellate jurisdictions including the High Court. Jon's legal representation is not limited to the Darwin Justice system as a criminal lawyer and barrister.

Jon Tippett is, and has been, involved predominantly in the areas of medical and professional negligence, torts, work health matters, employment law, insurance and shipping law. Jon Tippett's legal representation is not limited to the Darwin Justice system as a criminal lawyer and barrister.

Civil Law

Jon has appeared in numerous coronial inquiries as counsel assisting and also as representation for different individual parties involved in coronial inquests. Jon's legal representation is not limited to the Darwin Justice system as a criminal lawyer and barrister.

Coronial Inquests

Football Tribunals

Jon has appeared on behalf of both coaches and players during trials regarding conduct of players, coaches and other involved parties,

 

Jon Tippett's legal representation is not limited to the Darwin Justice system as a criminal lawyer and barrister.

Royal Commissions

One of Jon Tippett's more public representations was that of the Lindy Chamberlain Royal Commission, where large media publicity was witness to the incredible legal mind of Jon Tippett QC.

 

Jon Tippett's glowing reputation as one of the more prominant Australian legal minds saw him involved in another Royal Commission, namely Aboriginal deaths in Custody.

 

International

The trial of Angelita Pires alleged attempted murder of two heads of state

Jose Encarnacau - Murder trial

 

Jon Tippett's legal representation is not limited to the Darwin Justice system as a criminal lawyer and barrister.