Children’s and Criminal Law Specialists


Barwon South West Lawyers

Legal proceedings often can be very stressful and overwhelming. From your first consultation, we will take the time to listen to your concerns. We will explain what is happening, what your options are, and we will guide you through the process to ensure that you receive the best possible result.

You may be very conscious of the cost of seeing a lawyer. We will provide you with information about your eligibility for Legal Aid funding. If you are not eligible for Legal Aid funding, we will provide you with a clear estimate of our costs and clearly detail what is included in our service.

To request an obligation free consultation, please call and speak to a member of our team on 03 5202 4877.

Our Team

Meet our team at Barwon South West Lawyers

Shelley Buchecker

Shelley has been practising as a lawyer since 2005 and became a children’s law specialist in 2012. Previously Shelley was the Managing Lawyer of Victoria Legal Aid in Geelong. At VLA, Shelley was dedicated to ensuring access to justice for clients across the region and managed a team of high performing lawyers. Prior to starting at VLA in 2012, Shelley was in private practice and assisted clients with child protection and criminal law matters. Shelley was also an inhouse lawyer at child protection and worked to ensure that the department met their obligations to families.

Shelley is a passionate advocate and is dedicated to achieving best results for clients by ensuring they feel heard and their rights are protected.

Sarah Wood

Sarah was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2012. Since then, she has worked extensively in the Criminal, Family Violence and Children’s court jurisdictions. She became a criminal law specialist in 2020. Sarah worked as a lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid from 2013 to 2022, in which time she held several different roles, including Senior Lawyer and Deputy Managing Lawyer.

Sarah always strives to achieve the best possible results for her clients. She appears regularly in all matters in the Magistrates’ Court in Victoria. She has appeared in appeals in the County Court and has instructed in many complex pleas and trials in both the County and Supreme Courts of Victoria.

We are Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Criminal Law and Children’s Law Specialists.

We provide specialist legal advice and representation in:

  • Criminal Law
  • Intervention Orders
  • Child Protection