Criminal lawyers in a tropical paradise
In all areas of criminal law, Tom Eckersley and Peter Haarsma head up a team of experienced and highly respected criminal lawyers
Criminal lawyers in a tropical paradise
In all areas of criminal law, Tom Eckersley and Peter Haarsma head up a team of experienced and highly respected criminal lawyers
Who we are
We are a small firm with two partners who pride themselves in their ability to represent you in a professional and caring manner, backed up by many years of experience that each of them possess

You will have the benefit of not one but two Partners with extensive knowledge and expertise in Criminal Law.

Therefore if you retain Tom or Peter you are retaining a true “partner”, a partner who will maintain complete control of your legal defence themselves, from start to finish, as opposed to a junior lawyer with limited experience.

We appear in the Magistrates Courts in Cairns, Innisfail, Mareeba, Atherton, Mossman, Thursday Island & Townsville, the District Courts in Cairns, Townsville and Thursday Island as well as the Supreme Courts in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Brisbane.

We provide advice and representation from the initial consultation to subsequent Court appearances, to the ultimate finalising of the matter.

We provide advice and have experience in countless matters involving:

  • Bail applications
  • Domestic violence matters
  • Drink driving
  • Disqualified driving
  • Work licences
  • Murder
  • Assaults and other violent offences
  • Rape
  • Trafficking in Dangerous Drugs
  • Supplying Dangerous Drugs
  • Producing Dangerous Drugs
  • Possession of Dangerous Drugs
  • Possession of Utensils used
  • Possession of things used to produce Dangerous Drugs
  • Importation of Dangerous Drugs
  • Fraud
Meet the managing partners at E&H Law

Tom Eckersley

Tom has almost 20 years experience in criminal law having been admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2003. Tom is a Cairns local. He was a student at St. Augustine’s College and gained his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree at James Cook University. He has practised exclusively in criminal law since his admission.

Tom has significant experience having previously worked for firms in Cairns and Brisbane.

Tom’s experience has included cases where people have been charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, drug offences, serious sexual offences including rape, as well as offences of stealing and fraud. He is also very experienced in all aspects of cases that involve traffic offences, including drink driving and driver’s licence issues.

Tom will give you honest and frank advice about how your matter should proceed. He is an experienced and passionate criminal lawyer whose interest is to ensure that every possible advantage available to his client is maximised.

Peter Haarsma

Peter has been working in the area of criminal law for the past 10 years. He is admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

Peter initially practised in Adelaide and then moved to Cairns, first of all working in commercial law then moving to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) Ltd practising in solely in criminal law.

Peter has extensive experience encompassing all forms of criminal defence law and has defended matters from murder, robbery and arson down to minor offending such as public nuisance. He has represented clients at coercive hearings and appeals.

The law can be a complex and confusing area. One of Peter’s strengths is his ability to analyse and explain these complex legal issues in a simple and easy to follow way to keep you informed every step of the way.

Peter is highly respected with a natural ability to ensure you will receive the best defence available.


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Assault is a broad category that refers to the use or threatened use of force by one person against another which is not authorised, justified or excused by law. They can be categorised into 5 main areas and police consider all to be.

Drug offences

Drug Offences cover charges such as possession, production, and trafficking of controlled substances. The charges will vary based on the amounts and type of drugs, it is serious and can have lasting consequences.

Driving offences

In Queensland, all drivers need to be aware of the complex rules and requirements when driving any vehicle on any road. These laws and any traffic charges are strictly enforced as are drink driving or driving under the influence of drugs.

Dishonesty offences

Dishonesty Offences and can cover a broad range of circumstances where a person can obtain property, take advantage, gain a benefit, or cause detriment to another person. These types of offences can be quite minor to extremely serious.

Sexual offences

Sexual offences are normally associated with, rape and attempted rape, sexual assault, possessing child exploitation material, unlawful carnal knowledge, sexual offences against children and , indecent acts and are serious.

Domestic violence

Domestic violence is behaviour in a relationship that is physically, sexually, emotionally, psychologically or economically abusive, threatening, coercive or in any other way controls or dominates the second person.



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