AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Criminal law
Criminal appeals
Commissions of inquiry and inquests
Disciplinary proceedings
Regulatory offences
Administrative and public law
ADMISSIONS & APPOINTMENTS
2021: Called to the Bar
2020 to 2021: Trial Advocate at ODPP NSW
2016 to 2020: Trial Advocate, Legal Aid NSW
2015 to 2016: Committals Unit at Legal Aid NSW (Sydney Office)
2015: Criminal Indictable Unit at Legal Aid NSW (Sydney Office)
2014 to 2015: Solicitor at William Obrien & Ross Hudson Solicitors
2010 to 2014: Solicitor at ODPP NSW (Sydney Office)
2009 to 2010: Clerk/Solicitor at Justin Lewis and Angelo Bilias Solicitors
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Criminal law
Criminal appeals
Commissions of inquiry and inquests
Disciplinary proceedings
Regulatory offences
Administrative and public law
BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE
Four-and-a half years prior to coming to the bar Mr Pace was employed as a Trial Advocate at both Legal Aid NSW and the Office Director Public Prosecutions NSW. Before he was appointed as a Trial Advocate, he was employed in the Committal & Indictable Sections of Legal Aid NSW and in Private Practice.
His primary duties as a Trial Advocate involved appearances in jury or judge alone trials in the District Court of NSW.
In his time as a Trial Advocate, as advocate appearing, Mr Pace personally conducted in excess of 25 District Court trials that proceeded to verdict.
As a solicitor, Mr Pace was appointed an accredited specialist in criminal law and has been practising primarily in this area since his admission to practice.
Mr Pace is a passionate, skilled, honest and ethical advocate.
As a result of his professional background he has been involved in a number of serious indictable matters such as; murder, terrorism, commonwealth drug importation, drug supply (Large commercial, Commercial & Indictable quantities), break and enter, robbery, kidnapping, firearm, fraud, child & adult sexual assault matters, child grooming offences, domestic violence offences etc.
In addition to his trial experience, he has also appeared as advocate in the Supreme, District and Local Courts. He has extensive experience in sentences, bail applications and appeals for both State and Commonwealth offences.
He has acted as junior counsel and instructed in many Court of Criminal Appeal matters.
He has a strong interest in High Risk Offender matters, Police misconduct matters, Coronial Inquests, Disciplinary Proceeding and Administration Law.
Mr Pace has developed a heightened sense of social awareness. He is passionate about contributing and giving back to the community. He is involved in continuing legal education for lawyers. He has presented and authored several papers, some of which are included below:
• “Appearing in Court in the year 2020” – Legal Aid Virtual CLE
Presented by video and prepared a paper in relation to appearing in Court in the year 2020 with barristers Riyad El-Choufani and Rose Khalilzadeh from Forbes Chambers
Practical Difficulties - Pace portion.pdf (nsw.gov.au)

• “Excluding admissions” – Legal Aid Conference 20191
Presented and prepared a paper in relation to excluding admissions made by clients
https://criminalcpd.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Mission-Impossible-ExcludingAdmissions-to-Police-Elchoufani-and-Pace-.pdf

• Fact finding on sentence” - Legal Aid Conference 2018
Presented and prepared a paper in relation to fact finding issues that arise during sentencing hearings
Judicial Fact Finding on Sentence, Riyad El-Choufani and Daniel Pace (nsw.gov.au)

• “Going the Dog” – Legal Aid Conference 2017
Presented and prepared a paper in relation to section 23 Crimes (Sentencing & Procedure) Act
Going the dog - Riyad El-Choufani Sophie Williams abd Daniel Pace (nsw.gov.au)

Below are some published decisions of interest for which Mr Pace appeared as advocate, junior counsel or instructed:
• R v Hazelwood [2021] NSWDC 88 – Multiple Break & Enter offences (as advocate on sentence)
• R v Kabbout [2020] NSWDC 707 – Firearm & Drug matter (as advocate at trial)
• R v Dries [2020] NSWDC - 10/8/2020 - 2019/224976 – Child Sexual Assault offence (as advocate at trial)
• R v Sazdanovski [2020] NSWDC 379 – Successful permanent stay application (as advocate in the local court and as junior in the District Court)
• R v Alou (No. 4) [2018] NSWSC 221, R v Alou [2019] NSWCCA 231 and Special Leave to the High Court of Australia, The Queen (S341/2019) v Alou 12 June 2020 – Terrorism offences (as junior lead by senior counsel)
• Amante v R [2020] NSWCCA 34 and R v Amante [2019] NSWDC 222 – Destroy property by fire offences (as advocate at sentence)
• Brown v R [2019] NSWCCA 185 and R v Tylan Brown [2018] NSWDC 265 - Discharge Firearm & other offences (as advocate at trial & sentence)
• R v Liliane Correa DA SILVA [2019] NSWDC - A/Judge J Williams - 23/1/19 - 2018/00089613 – Large Commercial Drug Importation Matter (as advocate at sentence)
• R v Lincoln [2018] NSWDC 97 – Griffiths Remand/s11 matter (as advocate at sentence)
• Some Murder matters he has instructed in:
o Popovic v R; Hristovski v R; Bubanja v R; and Koloamatangi [2016] NSWCCA 202 (successful conviction appeal against murder)
o Popovic v R; Hristovski v R; Bubanja v R; and Koloamatangi [2014] NSWSC 1725
o R v Slotboom [2013] NSWCCA 18
o R v Matthews [2013] NSWSC 659
o Ryan v R; Coulter v R [2013] NSWCCA 175

• KS v Veitch [2012] NSWCCA 186 and KS v Veitch (No 2)[2012] NSWCCA 266 – Sexual Assault Communications Privilege
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