Alex Nelson is a Brisbane Barrister with more than 20 years of experience in running trials in defamation, criminal law and domestic violence disputes.
He knows that preparation and planning are the keys to a successful outcome, whether it is in the pleadings, pre-trial applications or in trials before a jury or a judge alone.
Alex commenced his career in the law as an Army Legal Officer, prosecuting and defending in military courts before going into private practice at two commercial firms. In 2003 he opened his own firm as a solicitor and was called to the bar in Brisbane in 2010 where he worked across a range of areas including commercial litigation, statutory demands, property, family law, criminal law and domestic violence matters. This broad experience has enabled him to achieve some outstanding results in courts and tribunals in Brisbane, Sydney, regional Queensland and Northern NSW, including:
- Hockings v Lynch & Adams  QDC 127; damages totalling $215,000 plus interest and costs on the indemnity basis;
- Moy v Isaac; (the Bali Wedding Planner case) $150,000 damages including aggravated damages for Defamatory Facebook and website publications;
- Weatherall v Kelly (2019); extension of time to commence action for defamation more than two years from publication;
- successfully appealing in Clive Palmer v Malcolm Turnbull (Palmer v Turnbull  QCA 112), confirming that where the lex loci delicti is a foreign law, it is presumed that it is the same as local law and it does not need to be pleaded nor proven as a matter of fact unless the plaintiff sees a forensic advantage in relying on the foreign law and intends to rely on it as differing from local law;
- Grattan v Porter (2016); defamation judgment in the Queensland District Court for the Plaintiff, $150,000 plus interest, indemnity costs and a permanent injunction;
- Petty v Zhao (2016); defamation judgment for the Defendant in the NSW District Court where the Plaintiff;
- Sierocki v Klerck & Ors (2015); defamation judgment for the Plaintiff in the Supreme Court of Queensland;
- Acquittals for Murder, Manslaughter and other serious criminal charges;
- obtaining leave to appeal 12 years out of time and reducing the sentence from 20 years to 13 years;
- Obtaining judgment in the Supreme Court of Queensland against 5 defendants under r374 for non compliance with rules and orders (the “no shenanigans” case) and then successfully opposing an appeal against that judgment.
You can trust him to have read the brief thoroughly, to know the facts and to apply them to the law, achieving the best possible outcome for the client.
If you are involved in a defamation dispute, a criminal law or domestic violence case and would like Alex Nelson to assist you or to appear for you in court, he can be contacted as follows:
95 North Quay, Brisbane Qld 4000
0402 227 498
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