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


Mel McEwen


Mel has practised almost exclusively in criminal law since she completed articles with Legal Aid in 2008, as part of the Country Lawyers Program.
She worked for the Goldfield’s Community Legal Centre for three months before filling a vacancy at the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA in Kalgoorlie for a year. Her work in Kalgoorlie including appearing in all Circuit Courts, including Warburton and Esperance. She worked as both A duty lawyer and file lawyer.

She then worked for the Aboriginal Legal Service in Bunbury for two years and appeared in all Circuit Courts, including Narrogin and Margaret River, working as a duty lawyer and file lawyer.

Following that she returned to Legal Aid in Bunbury and for two years, she then worked in the Midland and Perth Legal Aid Offices across two years. Again, Mel worked as both a duty lawyer and file lawyer, with periods of Team Leading. She had experience in all Perth Courts, including the Children’s Court, all superior Courts and the therapeutic Courts at Perth Magistrates Courts.

Mel joined the team at Max Crispe in 2016. She is experienced in matters involving serious pleas and trials, and is passionate about empowering clients with the information they need, to make decisions for the best outcome in their case.

Call Mel on 0437 030 713


Shirley Casey


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

Call Shirley on 0458 850 033


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