We fiercely advocate for you

Our team of criminal law specialists are dedicated to providing quality legal representation, in matters ranging from simple traffic infringements to serious offences such as murder and drug trafficking. Our diverse team is qualified to represent and defend you throughout every stage of the investigative and legal process.

Hannay Lawyers has been synonymous with the most complex and high-profile criminal law matters in Queensland. We have a proven record of achieving outstanding outcomes for our clients, and our lawyers take pride in their commitment to fearlessly advocating their client’s rights. We work in association with the most prominent Barristers and Senior Counsel in Queensland, and continue to represent clients across Australia.

You’re in safe hands

It is our promise that our clients receive quality legal representation with discretion, confidence and uncompromising dedication. We are one of Queensland’s most sought-after criminal law firms, simply because our professionalism, commitment, and fearless approach achieves results.

Hannay lawyers is featured in Doyle’s Guide to Leading Criminal Law Firms in Queensland for 2016. The 2016 listing of leading Queensland Criminal Lawyers details solicitors practising in criminal law matters in the Queensland legal market who have been identified by clients and peers for their expertise and abilities in these areas.

Chris Hannay

Director - Principal

Prior to commencing his career in law, Chris was a member of the New South Wales Police force where he specialised in criminal investigation, and in particular, Drug Law Enforcement. Chris has also worked for law enforcement agencies in Queensland such as the Crime and Corruption Commission. Chris’ professional experience places him in an advantageous position, as he is able to conduct criminal matters having knowledge of both sides involved in the process.

Chris practices exclusively in criminal law. Chris deals with all criminal matters, including major crime commissions, drug offences, murder and manslaughter, sexual assaults, serious robbery offences. Chris has worked, and continues to work at the forefront of many high-profile criminal matters. He prides his firm on its ability to relate to all members of the community and provide high quality legal representation and exceptional services to all clients. The philosophy of Chris’ firm is to remove our client’s anxiety and stress at a time when they are most vulnerable.

Chris is passionate about protecting his client’s rights and represents clients in all criminal jurisdictions. He has extensive experience with criminal and regulatory prosecutions, and represents our clients at the trial and appellate level. He is often consulted for his opinion regarding prominent legal matters, and is one of the most sought-after criminal law practitioners in Queensland.

Daniel Hannay

Director - Solicitor

Daniel completed a Bachelor of Law and Criminology at Bond University and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in the Supreme Court in 2014. Daniel now works with Chris as Director of Hannay Lawyers and operates primarily from our Brisbane office.

Prior to his admission to the Supreme Court, Daniel worked as a law clerk with our team for five years. Daniel practices exclusively in criminal law, and has acted in some of the most serious and high-profile legal matters in Queensland. He has represented hundreds of accused individuals in Queensland, and also deals with matters in every criminal jurisdiction. Daniel has also appeared in the High Court on several occasions.

Daniel also received mention in the Doyle’s guide to Leading Criminal Lawyers in Queensland for 2016. Daniel deals regularly in all criminal matters including serious matters such as murder and manslaughter, robberies, assaults, drug offences, serious sexual offences, weapons offences and juvenile offences. Daniel’s vast experience in many areas of criminal law extends to the trial and appellate level. Daily, Daniel also appears before the court for guilty pleas, bail applications and work licences resulting from drink driving convictions.

Daniel is also passionate about serving the community and supports various charities, including the Starlight Foundation and Radio Lollipop.

Katrin Lakis


Katrin has been a part of our team since completing her Practical Legal Training with our office in 2015. Katrin was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a legal practitioner in April 2016. Katrin maintains a strong passion for Criminal and Family Law, continuing to expand her skillset in both fields with each matter that she undertakes. Katrin has an avid interest in cases involving police brutality and miscarriages of justice. She expresses this passion by having involvement in Appeals heard by the Queensland Court of Appeal.

Katrin continuously appears in various Courts such as Southport, Beenleigh and Brisbane, as well as attending to clients in other jurisdictions, including the Beaudesert, Coolangatta and Beenleigh Magistrates and District Court. Katrin appears in Court on a daily basis, dealing with a diverse range of criminal offences, ranging from minor traffic infringements to serious drug and fraud matters.

While completing her studies at Bond University, Katrin successfully completed a semester of study at Harvard University in the United States, with a focus on International Law. Katrin continues to expand her interest in the international legal domain, presently undertaking a Masters of International Security Studies at Macquarie University. Katrin speaks fluent Czech and as such, is able to tailor our client’s legal experience accordingly.

Cody Beck


Cody Beck heads up the Family Law department within Hannay Lawyers. He is primarily based at the Southport office, however also attends to the Brisbane office when required for family matters.
Growing up in Tasmania, Cody completed a Bachelor of Commerce at University of Tasmania majoring in Management and Accounting before moving to the Gold Coast in 2015 to complete his Bachelor of Laws at Griffith University.
Cody was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queeneland and the High Court of Australia in 2009.
A strong passion for Family Law sees Cody practising almost exclusively since 2008 where he assists clients in relation to Property Settlement, Parenting Issues, Financial Agreements, Divorces, Domestic Violence and Child Protection issues.
Cody is keen on sports such as Basketball and AFL football and loves spending time at his local beaches on the Gold Coast.

Tahli Passeri

Office Administrator / Personal Assistant

Tahli has been part of our team since Hannay Lawyers commenced operation, and has eight years experience in law practice Office Administration. She is responsible for the daily undertakings of our offices in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, and also works as Chris and Daniel’s Personal Assistant.

Tahli deals with all types of legal matters, including criminal law, family law and civil litigation. She is often the first point of call for our clients, and is also responsible for the operation of the office. Tahli assists our office in organising town agencies when we are requested by other firms to appear on their behalf in matters on the Gold Coast.

Tahli is also responsible for addressing client enquiries and liases with other firms and Barristers regularly to assist in the facilitation of our client’s legal matters. Our clients appreciate Tahli’s approachable manner, and are always assisted with professionalism and commitment.

Rachel Trask

Office Administrator

Rachel joined our team at Hannay Lawyers mid-way through 2017. She has over 4 years’ experience working as a personal assistant and providing skills of an administration assistant whilst working overseas in the United Kingdom and Canada since 2013. Whilst working for companies in Finance and Oil and Gas, Rachel has a much broader outlook on day to day tasks and brings a different approach to the office routine.
Rachel is now located in the Brisbane office who is responsible for the daily actions and support for Daniel Hannay. She is the first point of contact for all clients and maintains the office floor with reception, filing and administration duties.

“Highly recommended. They resolved my dilemma out quickly and efficiently.”

Sarhan M

“We cannot be more happy that we changed to Hannay Lawyers after all the problems we have had with lawyers in the past. You guys are incredible, every single one of you has been more than great. You guys saved our lives.”

J. J

“The whole team at Hannay Lawyers was so helpful with my son’s legal matter. They were efficient and helpful anytime I called. Thank you for being so considerate throughout this difficult time, we really appreciate it!”

J. S

“To Chris and the team at Hannay Lawyers, just wanted to say thank you for all you have done for me during this time – I could not be more grateful! You guys are amazing!”

M. E