About Hamilton Janke Lawyers

Choosing a law firm can be a bit intimidating. Especially if you are facing serious ramifications or simply haven’t needed a Lawyer to represent you before. Don’t worry, we’re here to walk you through this challenging time in your life. If you are looking for a Criminal Lawyer who will fearlessly defend your interests, you have come to the right place. Hamilton Janke Lawyers is a criminal defence firm in Newcastle, NSW. We service courts across NSW and interstate. We’ve developed a reputation for being fierce, energetic and determined. When it comes to your legal defence, we’ll make sure you receive the best representation. Want to know more about us? Well, here’s a few reasons why we think you’ll be happy with our services.

Our Team

Drew Hamilton

Drew Hamilton is founding partner at Hamilton Janke Lawyers. Admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales as a Solicitor and also listed on the High Court of Australia register.

James Janke

James Janke is founding partner at Hamilton Janke Lawyers, and has more then decade of experience as a Criminal Defence Lawyer. Admitted to both the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia


First, we have extensive litigation experience in defending all manner of criminal and traffic matters, AVOs, bail applications, appeals, inquests, commissions and inquiries. We specialise in Criminal Law. This means we remain acutely aware of and can advise on developments to legislation and decisions of the Appellate Courts which might affect your case.

Second, we’ve also advised on matters of international Criminal Law and how they might impact on domestic prosecutions. Thus, we know how to deal with criminal law matters across numerous jurisdictions. This helps us assist a variety of clients with complicated legal issues.

Additionally, we’ve received many outstanding client reviews on social media. This suggests that our clients are proud to recommend us in a public forum. Our clients love reading these reviews. Please feel free to have a look.

Finally, part of being a great lawyer is knowing which resources to utilise, and when. That’s why we’ve created a proven network of the best Barristers (including Senior and Junior Counsel), experts and advisors. Why does this matter? Well, we know you want the best result. And, our network will help you get there.

These are just some of the factors which we trust will make you feel comfortable in reaching out to us. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or submit an enquiry. We are friendly and ready to help. We look forward to hearing from you.

Answers to the crucial questions often asked by people seeking criminal law assistance.

Going to court? Contact us now. We’re passionate about providing a dedicated criminal defence service. 24/7 Assistance – when you need it most.


Hamilton Janke Lawyers are one of the top rated Criminal Law Firms. We treat every client with the respect and commitment they deserve. This commitment to our profession has earned us a reputation which we are very proud.

John Wood
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James and the team at Hamilton Janke handled my matter professionally, they where always prepared, and as a result we got the best outcome, in our favor, at the earliest possible opportunity.

5 Star Review
Paul Dineen
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Hamilton Janke assisted me with a traffic offence matter. James and Drew are professional, fierce and dedicated. There knowledge of the law and Newcastle court system was invaluable. Highly recommend.

5 Star Review