Mr Perrella has over 20 years' experience as a legal practitioner in Western Australia. After 10 years working as a prosecutor for both the Commonwealth and the State of Western Australia Mr Perrella developed first-hand knowledge and experience about how a prosecution case is built from the investigation stage of gathering evidence to the assessment of that evidence and application of prosecution policy and guidelines through to making tactical decisions about how the case will be presented to a jury and then effectively prosecuting the case at trial before a judge and jury.
Drawing on his extensive knowledge and experience as a prosecutor Mr Perrella made the move to the other side of the bar table to fulfil his long-held desire to establish a specialist criminal law firm.
Since establishing Perrella Legal in 2011, Mr Perrella has garnered a solid reputation as a successful criminal defence lawyer having consistently achieved outstanding results for his clients by negotiating outright discontinuances of serious indictable charges, securing acquittals at trial and obtaining non-custodial outcomes on pleas of guilty for serious criminal offences.
Mr Perrella has prosecuted and defended numerous criminal trials in all courts throughout Western Australia.
Mr Perrella is on the panel of lawyers briefed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute serious indictable offences throughout Western Australia.
Mr Perrella is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Western Australia and the Law Society of Western Australia.
Adam began his legal career in 2011 at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (WA) where he completed his articles and restricted practice under the guidance of highly experienced State prosecutors. In 2013 Adam began criminal defence work with the Youth Legal Service working with many clients who were impecunious or from otherwise disadvantaged backgrounds. At the YLS Adam appeared as counsel in the Children's Court and Magistrates Courts for trials, sentencings and various interlocutory applications such as setting aside convictions and applications for bail. Adam also appeared as counsel in the Perth District Court for sentencing hearings.
In 2015 Adam accepted a position at the Mental Health Law Centre to further his experience in criminal and administrative law. In this role his practice expanded to representing clients before the Mental Health Tribunal, the State Administrative Tribunal and the Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board, while also taking responsibility for supervising and mentoring the Centre’s junior solicitors.
Since joining our team in 2017 Adam regularly provides legal advice and representation to clients facing trial or sentencing for all criminal offences determined in the Magistrates Court, Children's Court and District Court.
Adam is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Western Australia and the Law Society of Western Australia.
Ashleigh joined our team in 2016 after attaining her Bachelor of Laws with Distinction and completing clerkships at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (WA) and the Criminal Appeals team at Legal Aid WA.
Since her admission to the Supreme Court of Western Australia Ashleigh has practised exclusively in criminal law.
Ashleigh provides our clients with legal advice in relation to both minor and serious traffic and criminal offences. Ashleigh is dedicated to achieving the best result for each client, whether that is getting the best outcome at a sentencing hearing, negotiating the charges with the prosecution or fighting for our client’s interests at trial. Ashleigh is a passionate court advocate whose experience spans across the various Magistrates Courts in Perth, as well as in the District Court and Supreme Court.
Ashleigh is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Western Australia, Women Lawyers of Western Australia and the Law Society of Western Australia.