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Ali Rana


Criminal Lawyer Ali Rana has an exceptional reputation for success.

After initially completing a Bachelor of Business majoring in Economics and Marketing at QUT, Ali began pursuing a career in law, going on to study a Bachelor of Laws at QUT in Sydney as a Juris Doctorate. Following this, Ali moved to Queensland and completed his law degree, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

After his studies, Ali started work at a litigation practice in 2010, before moving to the Refugee Immigration Legal Center, working in appeals.

Following his time within the Legal Centre, Ali furthered his career at another front end litigation practice, and this presented an opportunity for Ali to begin work as a Junior Lawyer at a national legal practice.

This is where Ali started undertaking all areas of law, as well as disciplinary civil matters. However, Ali spent most of his time focusing on crime, and within a few months, he started specialising in crime.

Since 2014, Ali has focused solely on crime at all levels. During this time, Ali was the Practice Director for a national law firm national branch. He has worked as a partner with the firm since 2018, managing over 130 staff.

As a Practice Director at the national firm, a lot of Ali’s time was taken up by managing the firm and the teams in different areas of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, which left Ali little time to work one-on-one with clients.

A New Firm with a Longstanding Reputation

When an opportunity came up to get back down to a smaller size firm and focus solely on cases and clients, Ali made the decision to begin Rana Lawyers. He wanted to focus again on his passion – working with and advocating for his clients.

Initially, Ali started the firm with his Practice Manager, Rachel Learoyd. He was soon joined by his former colleague, Shane McDowell. Shane has worked as a senior criminal lawyer at three top-tier criminal law firms and is a Director of Rana Lawyers. Rana Lawyers has now expanded to include Natasha and Kelsea, two senior criminal lawyers, and Patricija, an experienced criminal lawyer. We have also added two paralegals and three admin staff members to complete our team.

Ali has a strong team of criminal lawyers with a combined 75+ years’ of experience in the legal industry, which have helped build good networks and hold an excellent reputation.

Rana Lawyers’ team is composed of Junior Lawyers, ParaLegals, Administrators, and Senior Criminal Lawyers who are efficient, trusted advisors focused on clients and and the best results for clients.

Ali and his criminal law team are also morally and ethically bound and continue to maintain those standards while holding the client’s best interest at heart.

Our Mission

Our team of criminal defence lawyers can provide legal advice and representation for a broad range of Criminal Law, Sex Offending, Traffic Law & DUI, and Domestic Violence charges, as well as Bail Applications in Court.

We have the knowledge and experience to ensure you the best representation and advice. Our decades of experience in trials and adversarial work has shaped how we handle our cases to achieve the best outcome.

We have a large team of criminal lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants, and administrators, that can ensure our clients are taken care of every step of the way.

You can trust Rana Lawyers to provide you with the highest quality of representation in Court.

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What is the difference between a solicitor and a barrister?

Traditionally, a solicitor takes instructions from clients and briefs a barrister for advocacy purposes, such as appearing in Court. However, there has been a significant shift in this historical concept over time and solicitors have taken over advocacy in significant jurisdictions, known as solicitor advocates. At Rana Lawyers, our solicitors frequently appear as solicitor advocates in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts in complex criminal matters.

The short answer is yes. Anytime a defendant is charged with an offence, there is an obligation on the defendant to appear in Court with certain exceptions. If a defendant is given a notice to appear, they must appear in Court without exception. If a defendant is placed on bail by the Police, they are generally required to attend Court unless a solicitor can appear in their stead and have the defendant’s appearance excused. However, prior to making a decision, it is important to consult a solicitor because each case varies depending on the charge.

Sometimes, you will see an option to plead guilty online. This is applied to a handful of very minor matters (such as public intoxication). It is important that you seek advice on the charge before deciding whether you can plead guilty online because a warrant may be issued for your arrest.

All charges commence in the Magistrates Court, whether it is drink driving or murder. At the first mention, certain charges that must progress to the District or Supreme Court will be placed in what is called the ‘committal stream’. The Court will direct that a brief of evidence be disclosed to the defendant by the Police, which ordinarily takes a few months (this varies depending on the charge). Once the brief is fully disclosed, the defendant is ordinarily committed to the superior Court. You will have the opportunity to cross examine witnesses or ask the Court to dismiss the charge for a lack of evidence.

It is always advisable to immediately seek legal advice. Even if the charge is minor, and you decide that you do not require legal advice, it would be in your best interests to book in an initial conference, which is free of charge with Rana Lawyers, to understand:

a. The Court process;
b. Your options;
c. Potential outcomes;
d. Whether there is a defence;
e. Whether there is a risk of a significant penalty being imposed.

There are several mechanisms for the Police to obtain your DNA and unless you challenge whatever mechanism they use, you will have to. It is important to seek legal advice because in many matters, DNA may be an important piece of evidence the Police use to build a case against you.

The general rule is always seek legal advice before you decide to speak with the Police and, in most instances, you will be told not to do an interview with the Police. The reason is everything you say is recorded and can be used for the Police to build their case or in Court against you. Prior to doing an interview, you do not receive any evidence or a complete analysis of a Police case. There are serious risks in doing an interview uninformed because if you say something that is inconsistent with objective evidence (such as camera footage), the Court may draw an inference that you lied, as opposed to making a mistake, because you had a guilty conscience and were trying to conceal the truth.

Police cannot search your house unless they have a warrant. There are certain exceptions to this rule, such as investigating a domestic violence offence or an emergent search for a particular purpose such as protecting the integrity of evidence.

A warrant is a document that permits Police to enter your home without your consent. This must be signed by a Justice of the Peace or a Magistrate. It is important to remember not to speak to the Police, save for giving your name and identifying details, without speaking to a lawyer first. Ordinarily, the Police will be recording the entirety of the search of your home and whatever you say may be recorded.

Some warrants may be set aside because they are defective or because they have been obtained improperly.

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