Our Team

Max Crispe


Max was born in Albany, Western Australia and studied Economics at UWA before attaining his law degree.

Max was admitted to practice in 1978 and joined the city practice of Kott Gunning. Over a period of 19 years, Max worked his way up from a solicitor to senior partner, heading Kott Gunning’s criminal and traffic practice.

In 1997, Max opened his own practice as a sole practitioner specialising in criminal and traffic law. Max Crispe Barristers & Solicitors now employs four solicitors who work exclusively in criminal and traffic matters.

Max is a highly experienced trial lawyer, having successfully defended clients in all Courts throughout Western Australia. He has represented his client’s interests in the High Court of Australia, Supreme Court, District Court, Magistrates Court and Children’s Court.

Max has over 40 years’ experience exclusively in criminal law.  Over that time he has been involved in some of Western Australia’s highest profile criminal matters.

Max is approachable and friendly and will assist you no matter how large or small your matter is.

Call Max on 0407 440 078


Kate Crispe


Kate completed her law degree at the University of Western Australia and has been admitted to practice by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia in both State and Federal Jurisdictions.

Kate commenced work at a top tier commercial firm in Perth working in commercial litigation and insurance before joining Max Crispe Barristers & Solicitors in 2015.

Kate is an experienced senior lawyer whose strengths lie in legal analysis and in-depth review of prosecution briefs to find solutions for complex matters. Kate specifically enjoys analysing case law, legislation and appearing in Courts to argue points of law. Her strengths also lie in negotiating charges with prosecuting agencies for the early resolution of matters, often with cost awards granted by the Courts against WA Police.
Kate has experience representing clients in all Courts in Western Australia and works tirelessly to get the best possible result for her clients.

Kate is also a qualified Physiotherapist and this knowledge has provided invaluable experience dealing with offences involving injury analysis including grievous bodily harm and assaults.

Call Kate on 0415 058 950


Shirley Casey


Shirley is a senior criminal defence lawyer and has practiced exclusively in criminal and traffic law since her admission to practice.

She was a Senior Associate of a national law firm before coming to Max Crispe Barristers & Solicitors in 2019. She brings with her a wealth of experience and fights tirelessly for her clients.

Shirley came to law as a mature student having worked as a paramedic for 15 years in both the UK and Australia. This experience gives her the capacity to think clearly in high pressure Court appearances and the ability to clearly explain complex legal matters to her clients.
Shirley has represented clients in both Magistrate and jury trials.

Shirley has appeared in all Courts in Western Australia and robustly defends her clients’ interests in Court without fear or favour.

Call Shirley on 0458 850 033


Margot Perling


Margot was admitted to practice in 2011 after completing a double degree in Law and Psychology at Murdoch University. She has worked as a criminal defence lawyer since this time.

She completed articles under the pupillage of some of Perth’s leading barristers at Albert Wolf Chambers, following which she has worked at various criminal law firms in Perth before joining Max Crispe Barristers and Solicitors in 2020.

Margot is a Senior Criminal lawyer who has represented clients in all Courts in Western Australia for a wide range of matters. She is experienced in conducting jury trials and is passionate about advocating on behalf of her clients.

She is able to assist with any police charge matter, criminal property confiscation matter and criminal injury confiscation matter.

Call Margot on 0468 861 265


Kate Pearson

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A passionate criminal defence lawyer and family lawyer, Kate’s academic accomplishments include a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Business Management) at Edith Cowan University in 2013 followed by a Master of International Commercial Law at the University of Western Australia in 2015. In 2014, Kate was admitted to practice in Western Australia.

Kate has worked in criminal law since this time in a range of private settings and at a community legal centre. In addition she has spent time practicing law internationally – in 2014 interning at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and as Legal Assistance in a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights. Kate also co-authored a book on International commercial Relations between Australia and China.

Kate also worked as a teaching assistant, teaching the Mental Health and the Law unit at Notre Dame University from 2017 to 2019. This background has proven her to be a highly talented and capable advocate with international experience rarely seen. Kate also accepts instructions in the area of family law, care and protection and restraining orders. She is able to provide comprehensive advice on a range of matters.

Kate has a strong interest in criminal law and has acted in a range of complex and sensitive matters. She is an asset to our team. Kate was acknowledged as a Rising Star in Doyle’s Guide in 2021.

Call Kate on 0422 565 752

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