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The Team

Facing a criminal charge can be one of the most stressful times in life. McKenna Taylor will set your mind at ease, handle everything from the moment we meet, and help you navigate your way through the process.

McKenna Taylor’s lawyers come with experience and specialised skills, having practised in Sydney and Canberra’s largest criminal law firms. We provide a personalised and empathetic service, rather than the detached approach of the larger firms.

Our lawyers are young, ambitious and incredibly hard-working. We have built reputations for professionalism and outstanding performance through a history of achieving excellent results for our clients.

McKenna Taylor will pay close attention to every detail of your case and keep in contact every step of the way.

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Tom Taylor

Partner

Tom has earnt the respect of his clients, lawyers and judges through years of dedicated practice to criminal law. With experience as a lawyer in country NSW, in the Australian Army and in one of Sydney’s largest criminal law firms, he knows the right time to bring an aggressive approach. Tom has a unique talent in making real connections with his clients and earning their trust. Before joining the legal profession he worked in sports management and as a professional lifeguard in Australia and Japan. Tom has been recognised as a leading lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide for Canberra criminal Defence Lawyers in 2019 and 2020.

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Adrian McKenna

Partner

Adrian has worked exclusively in criminal law since his admission as a lawyer. Clients have sought out Adrian’s experience and specialised skills for some of Canberra’s most high profile and complex matters. He was previously an Associate to a judge of the ACT Supreme Court and worked on the defence team of Rodovan Karadzic, President of the Former Bosnian-Serb Republic at the Yugoslavia International War Crimes Tribunal. He is a member of the ACT Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee. He was recommended in 2019 and in the Leading lawyer category in 2020 for the Doyle’s Guide for Canberra Criminal Defence Lawyers.

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Priyanka Koci

Lawyer

Priyanka’s dedication to criminal law started as an intern at the Aboriginal Legal Service and North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. She worked as an associate to a judge in the ACT Supreme Court and to the Magistrate in the ACT Magistrates Court. She graduated with a Juris Doctor from the Australian National University after completing undergraduate degrees in psychology and international relations.

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Stephanie Beckedahl

Lawyer

Stephanie started her career in government law, before relocating to NSW to pursue her keen interest for criminal law where she appeared in many courts across Sydney and the rest of the state. She has since worked exclusively in defending clients charged with criminal offences with a strong focus on court advocacy and has not looked back. Stephanie graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Newcastle after completing an undergraduate degree in Communication.

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Sinead Allen

Lawyer

Sinead brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a criminal defence solicitor, having already volunteered with the Aboriginal Legal Service and as a paralegal for McKenna Taylor for almost 2 years prior to her admission. She developed an enthusiasm for criminal law during university studies and volunteering and has gone on to contribute to research aimed at reducing the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Sinead played a leading role in developing the firm’s Women’s Pro-Bono Parole Program and is passionate about advocating for the rights of female detainees. She graduated with a Juris Doctor from the Australian National University, after completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne.

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Eugenie Lynch-Grant

Paralegal

Coming from a legal family it was a natural progression for Eugenie to commence her Juris Doctor in law and join the McKenna Taylor team. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Security Studies at the Australian National University. Eugenie assists our solicitors with crucial legal research and other case preparation of more serious matters. She has a passion for French language and film and dabbles in hockey and even water polo in her spare time.

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Tom Tiffen

Paralegal

With studies in both criminology and criminal law Thomas has a deep understanding of what makes people tick in this industry. He has also many years’ management experience in hospitality and is a valuable asset to the McKenna Taylor team. He is soon to finalise his law degree with Honours.

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Kathy Reis

Practice Manager

As Practice Manager, Kathy is the workhorse and brains of the firm. With experience as a small business owner in Queensland and years in executive roles in the legal industry she brings to McKenna Taylor a wealth of administrative knowledge, skills and know-how.