Alan Watkins BA, LL.B (Hons)

Alan Watkins Alan Watkins

Senior Associate

Criminal Law Division

After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Australia, majoring in politics and English, Alan spent several years travelling through Asia, Europe and North America. On return to Australia, he completed a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, having completed a dissertation on International Criminal Law, at Edith Cowan University.

While studying, Alan was awarded the Lexis Nexis Torts Prize for the highest marks in Torts Law, the School of Business and Law Executive Dean's Honours Scholarship for outstanding achievement in Honours Program and Law's Dean's List awarded to students finishing in the top 5% of the class. 

During his degree, Alan worked with the Shine Social Justice Program and the Sallenger Centre's Innocence Project appealing wrongful convictions. He also completed work experience for prominent defence counsel in a number of criminal matters, including high-profile murder cases.

Alan was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2013, then the High Court of Australia. He started working at a private firm in Perth, specialising in personal injury, family and criminal litigation. During this time, Alan also volunteered for a humanitarian organisation, providing legal assistance to vulnerable clients.

In 2016, Alan moved to Cairns to take a role for a non-profit community legal organisation, specialising in criminal law. During this time, Alan gained extensive experience in criminal litigation, while managing high-file loads and a diverse client base.

Alan holds professional membership to the Queensland Law Society, the Far North Queensland Law Society and the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. He continues to volunteer, providing legal advice for a non-profit community legal organisation.