Darryl is the Principal and founder of Chelmsford Legal.

Graduating with Honours from Murdoch University, Western Australia, in 2000, Darryl commenced his legal career an Associate to a Justice in the Supreme Court. He then worked as a Prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions and later, as a Principal of a large legal firm in Perth, managing the Criminal team. Darryl left that firm in 2012 to establish Chelmsford Legal as a specialist Criminal Law firm.

As a Barrister and Solicitor, Darryl practices in all areas of criminal law, trials and court work. His expertise ranges from complex murder cases, fraud/white collar crime, sexual allegations and drug related matters. He also has conducted numerous appeals in the Court of Appeal with respect to conviction and sentence.

An important part of Darryl’s work includes representing clients who would like to plead guilty and who need representation to achieve the best sentencing outcome possible.

Darryl’s many years of experience, work ethic, dedication and willingness to go the extra mile for his clients, sets him apart as an advocate and counsel. He prides himself in being able to get to the heart of the problem quickly and in providing practical and balanced advice to our clients.

Darryl Ryan

Darryl acts for clients who are eligible for a grant of Legal Aid and is on the Legal Aid “Register of Members” for the following panels:

  • Crime: Murder
  • Crime: Sex Offenders
  • Crime: Serious Indictable
  • Crime: Magistrate and Other Indictable
  • Crime: Children’s Court
  • Crime: Appeals
  • Crime: Restraining Orders

Darryl has lectured at Murdoch University on the subject of Commercial Crime and Fraud and has been a presenter for the Law Society of Western Australia on the topic of Property Confiscations as part of the Continuing Professional Development program for legal practitioners in Western Australia. He also has provided presentations for the EROS association on the subject of Cannabinomimetics and on Advocacy for the Australian Defence Lawyers Alliance (ADLA). Darryl has contributed an article to Brief Magazine on the topic of the Criminal Property Confiscations Act 2000.





Criminal Law, Appeals, Confiscations, Restraining Orders, Traffic


Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Criminal Lawyers Association, Australian Defence Lawyers Alliance (ADLA)



Kathryn is a Barrister and Solicitor at Chelmsford Legal.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Adelaide, Kathryn was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2017.

Throughout her studies, Kathryn pursued her passion for criminal law and advocacy and later gained invaluable experience clerking for a criminal law Barrister in chambers. Kathryn proceeded to work in a number of law firms on various criminal law teams and practices in all areas of criminal law with a focus on court work.

Kathryn has appeared in the Children’s Court, Magistrates Court, District Court and Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Among young lawyers, Kathryn stands out with her strong desire to excel and her dedication to helping people. Kathryn has a passion for assisting those that are disadvantaged in the community and, as a result, has volunteered and worked for various community organisations. These qualities motivate Kathryn in the conduct of her cases, where she consistently aims to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

Kathryn Westerside




Criminal Law, Appeals, Confiscations, Restraining Orders, Traffic


Bachelor or International Studies; Bachelor of Laws



Janelle graduated from Murdoch University in 2014 with a Juris Doctor, and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law and Accounting Double Major). She was admitted to practice law in 2016. Even though Janelle is a qualified lawyer, she has decided to pursue an alternative pathway to traditional practice.

Janelle initially commenced at Chelmsford Legal as a Legal Secretary, however has now taken on the role of Office Manager. She is responsible for the efficient running of our office and provides secretarial and paralegal support to our team including, but not limited to, the administration of our office procedures, maintaining accounts, trial preparation, drafting court documents and preparing briefs for counsel.

Prior to commencing at Chelmsford Legal, Janelle worked at a criminal law practice, where she was involved in the preparation and hearings of many complex criminal cases, including high profile criminal sentencings and trials, as well as criminal appeals, traffic and restraining order matters.

Janelle Stanislaus



As Chelmsford Legal’s receptionist, Felicity is the front of house - ready to greet you upon arrival and answer any queries you might have. Behind the scenes, Felicity is also responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the office, administration procedures and assisting the team as required.

Felicity graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2015 with a Bachelor in Criminology and Justice (minoring in Psychology). Prior to working at Chelmsford Legal, Felicity has worked in administration for a number of different industries including accounting and agriculture. Felicity is excited to start her journey in this industry with the Chelmsford Legal team by providing excellent customer service and support.

Felicity Martin


Administrative Assistant/Paralegal
T: 08 6500 1233


Jessica is currently completing a double degree of Law and Criminology at Murdoch University. Upon graduating, Jessica seeks to pursue a career as a Criminal Defence Lawyer with Chelmsford Legal.

Jessica joined the Chelmsford Legal team in 2018 on a work experience basis. She now provides administrative and paralegal support to our team including, but not limited to, conducting legal research, trial preparation, preparing briefs for counsel, and transcribing audio and visual recordings.

Since joining Chelmsford Legal, Jessica has accompanied Chelmsford Legal’s Lawyers to the Magistrates, Children’s, District and Supreme Court of Western Australia. She is passionate about the practice of criminal law and is an efficient and enthusiastic member of the Chelmsford Legal team.

Jessica Randell