Nicholas Amos is an experienced court lawyer, specialising in criminal law, traffic matters, the Children’s Court, and in civil litigation.
Nicholas is a graduate of the University of Newcastle and was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1999. He joined Rutter Morgan in 1999, and then Baker Love since 2006 when the two firms merged.
He has a passion for advocacy and primarily practices in areas of law that allow him the opportunity to appear before the Courts on a regular basis.
Nick regularly represents clients charged with criminal offences before the Local and District Courts including:
- Apprehended Violence Orders
- Common assault matters
- Sexual assault matters
- Drug-related offences
In addition to representing clients for traffic infringements, he is also guest lecturer at the Traffic Offenders Intervention Programme conducted by the PCYC.
Nicholas has expertise in all areas of practice in the Children’s Court, including both its criminal and care jurisdictions. In the criminal jurisdiction of that court he regularly represents juvenile offenders. In the care jurisdiction, he is a member of the Legal Aid Commission’s panel of approved practitioners and is also engaged to conduct matters on behalf of the Department of Family and Community Services.
Away from work Nicholas swims regularly, enjoys pub trivia, cooking, cheering on the Australian cricket team during summer and the mighty Manly Warringah Sea Eagles during the footy season.
Nick’s legal experience includes:
- Representing clients in the whole range of summary criminal proceedings, including offences of violence and assaults, theft and other offences of dishonesty, and drug and weapon related offences. As an advocate, Nicholas has extensive experience conducting both contested hearings and sentencing proceedings.
- Considerable experience over many years in the areas of the general civil litigation such as building and construction disputes and debt recovery. Nicholas utilises his advocacy experience in this area of practice by regularly conducting final hearings and interlocutory motions before the Courts.
- Representing clients in serious indictable criminal proceedings including being involved in such issues as committal proceedings, consideration of fitness to plead, and preparing and instructing Counsel in the conduct of jury trials.
- Extensive experience in traffic law including advising and representing clients charged with major traffic offences, advising on and representing clients in appeals against administrative suspension of driver’s licenses and conducting applications relating to habitual traffic offender declarations.
- Advising and representing clients in appeals to the District Court in criminal law and traffic law matters.
- Extensive experience representing parties in care and protection cases in the Children’s Court including representing parents, extended family members and also as the representative of the Department of Family and Community Services.
- Extensive experience as the independent lawyer representing the interests of children in care and protection cases in the Children’s Court.
- Involvement in other care and protection related litigation including appeals to the District Court and judicial review applications in the Supreme Court.
- Member of the Panels appointed by the Legal Aid Commission for conduct of criminal and care matters in the specialist Children’s Courts.