About Us2023-07-18T17:47:05+10:00

A personal message from our Director

My name is Ryan Roche and I am the owner and legal practice director of Watling Roche Lawyers. I have been admitted as a solicitor in the High Court of Australia and I am a member of the Queensland Law Society founded on integrity and commitment to quality professional standards. I am an expert in criminal, traffic and domestic violence law.

I started this law firm for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I was fed up with the stigma that surrounds lawyers: arrogant, money-hungry liars, full of neglect and only care about making their next dollar. Secondly, because I was getting sick of actually seeing these types of lawyers within the industry ruining it for the rest of us! I can honestly say I am not your stereotypical lawyer. I do not walk around with a pole up my backside thinking I am superior to everyone else, I am simply a down-to-earth Aussie bloke who happens to be a lawyer. The reason I became a lawyer first and foremost is because I love to help people – achieving great results for my clients is what makes me feel good as a person. Of course we all need to earn money and become financially successful but there is a greater satisfaction in life than money, and that is making sure other people are ok.

My law firm is based primarily on these core values:

  1. Communication – direct and constant communication with a lawyer (not a receptionist, clerk or paralegal).
  2. Availability – a lawyer is available to answer client questions on a daily basis and around the clock.
  3. Fight for the client – be relentless in working toward the desired result and do not stop no matter how long it takes.

If you are involved in a police matter and need legal assistance, please be sure that we will genuinely do everything we can to help you.


Law 6

Building a reputation for better results

We have been building our reputation as a law firm that delivers better results for our clients. We have been able to successfully:

  • negotiate charges to have them downgraded, dropped or dismissed in court;
  • make submissions in court to have no conviction recorded;
  • make applications for work licences and special hardship orders;
  • negotiate applications for domestic violence orders to have them dismissed.

It is vital to your case that you select the right lawyer with the right experience to represent you. Choosing the wrong lawyer can have devastating consequences on a person’s future and there are a lot of lawyers acting in matters who are not experts in their field. Poor legal representation can lead to person having a criminal record and destroying their future career or travelling plans.


Other firms will charge you for initial advice even if you realise you do not need a lawyer. We offer free initial consultations with a lawyer. You will be advised up front on what your options are and the costs involved without having to spend a $. That way you can weigh up whether or not you need legal representation and if so we can provide an affordable price.

Call one of our offices on (07) 3188 1767 or Call or SMS our 24 hour line on 0402 843 177.

You can also send an online enquiry and a lawyer will get back to you with free initial advice.


Fixed fee billing is available for most matters. We are honest and up front about your legal fees and there are no hidden costs. You will be advised from day one what your options are and the costs involved so you can weigh up what you can afford.


We understand that you have urgent legal questions and do not want to be palmed off to admin staff. You can talk to a lawyer directly throughout your matter 24 hours, 7 days a week.


If you have a serious criminal matter in the District or Supreme Court we engage the best barristers in Brisbane. Each barrister has a special skill set and experience in different types of matters. We know exactly who the right barrister is to represent you.

Free Consultation! Ask a Lawyer.

We are one of the very few law firms who make ourselves available 24 hours, 7 days a week. The answers you need are urgent and we are here for you whenever you need help. If you have an enquiry send it through or call or SMS us today!


1. Outstanding results2022-07-08T01:51:43+10:00

Watling Roche Lawyers has a proven track record of achieving outstanding results for our clients.

We work day and night to find the best legal path forward for each individual case. We will come up with a strategy that works for you and work tirelessly to have your charges dropped or downgraded. If there is a loop-hole we will find it!

Our firm is closely aligned with the best barristers in Queensland who have outstanding track record of winning cases in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts.

If any of our clients choose to plead guilty we regularly achieve results of no conviction recorded and not further punished.

2. Fixed fees2022-07-08T01:59:22+10:00

We are not in the business of racking up expensive legal fees and surprising our clients at the end of their case.  Too often law firms do not disclose the full costs involved of their representation and their clients get a rude awakening when it comes to the end of their case and a legal bill that is well beyond what they expected or could afford.

We understand that legal representation is expensive so it is our priority to be up front about the costs involved and fix a fee that you can afford.  At Watling Roche Lawyers there will be no hidden fees and no nasty surprises when it comes to paying your legal fees.

3. Free consultation2022-07-08T02:04:17+10:00

A lot of law firms will not answer any of your questions until you have put money in their bank account. They will charge you just to find out whether you need legal representation.

For all matters we offer a free first consultation with a lawyer before you commit to anything. You do not need to spend a thing before deciding whether to engage a lawyer to represent you.


4. Most QLD courts2022-07-08T02:10:06+10:00

From Gympie down to the Gold Coast, a lawyer will attend most courts in Queensland.

5. Client satisfaction2022-07-08T02:16:33+10:00

We work around the clock to ensure our clients are happy with our services. For our firm, making money is all well and good but if it comes at the expense of client satisfaction we do not want a bar of it.

Watling Roche Lawyers is dedicated to our clients first and foremost. If you are not happy we are not happy. We genuinely care about you as our client and will bend over backwards until you are satisfied with our representation.


6. Available 24/72022-07-08T02:18:53+10:00

Not many firms are willing to go the extra distance and commit to their clients 24 hours, 7 days a week. We understand that your legal questions need urgent answers and that is why you can contact our firm at any time day or night.

7. Local knowledge2022-07-08T02:25:59+10:00

Our principal lawyer, Ryan Roche has developed and established relationships with all of the right people when it comes to handling court matters. No matter what the case is, at the end of the day it is people we are dealing with, whether it be the police, prosecutors, barristers, magistrates or judges. It is vital that you engage a lawyer that is familiar with the people involved in your type of matter i.e. has established relationships with the best barristers to defend you, the prosecutors who will be against you and the magistrates or judges that will decide your fate.

8. No work licence – No fee2022-07-08T02:29:14+10:00

We have 100% success rate with work licence and special hardship order applications. If we apply for a work licence or special hardship order on your behalf and you are not successful we will refund you in full!

9. Honesty2022-07-23T03:26:14+10:00

There are lawyers who will take on your case even though they know your chances of winning are extremely low. For them, you are just a number with a $ sign in front of it.

We pride ourselves on our honesty and we will do our very best to keep your costs down. If your chances of winning are low we will tell you so that you do not waste money with false hope. We are here to change the stigma on lawyers who we know have a reputation for being money-hungry vultures. That is not how we operate and it is about time people can find a lawyer they can trust.

10. Available at short notice2022-07-08T02:48:22+10:00

It is never too late to contact our firm. We are prepared to drop everything to make sure you are well advised before finalising your court matter. Even if it is the day before or the day of court do not hesitate to contact us as we are here for you whenever you need us.

See what our clients say

Watling Roche Lawyers have gone above and beyond in my son’s criminal law matter. They have been very supportive, empathetic, professional and we are extremely pleased at the outcome they achieved. The entire time, we felt like they had everything under control. We highly recommend the entire team (especially Ryan Roche) to anyone in need of legal Assistance.

L. & S. Gough

I was treated with dignity and respect, there was always an update on my situation and Ryan Roche worked tirelessly to achieve an outcome which was beyond my expectations.

S. Leishman

We would like to share our thanks to Ryan – our Solicitor for a criminal matter which he dealt with on our behalf. We are very pleased with the outcome and the cost of the overall procedure. We would recommend the team from Watling Roche Lawyers to anyone who may need legal help for any reason.

W. Kennedy

I highly commend Ryan Roche for his professionalism and diligence. I had considered other solicitors before choosing Watling Roche Lawyers and glad I made the right decision for Ryan to handle my case from start to finish. As cliché as it may sound; Ryan has an excellent attention to detail. Further, Ryan answered all my calls/texts/emails promptly and was courteous throughout the process. Ryan settled my mind at ease for what was the most stressful time I have experienced. Ryan is a true advocate and I cannot thank him enough for his time, patience, respect and diligence throughout, what would have been an immensely intense/stressful time had I not sought/enlisted his services. Thank you Ryan.

J. Wong

I can’t thank Ryan enough, for his work with my partner’s case, I rang with little notice and he pulled it all together, even with last minute submissions from the prosecutor, he pulled off the best possible outcome for him. It wasn’t about the money for him because his fees were incredibly low considering others. He genuinely showed compassion and commitment above and beyond what he needed, I felt a lot less stressed knowing my partner had Ryan in his corner today. And I hope when I finish my law degree I can be even half the lawyer he is. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

L. Kachinski

Ryan provided great representation during the whole ordeal. I was never in the dark as to what was happening and he worked around my schedule, which was a huge help!

J. Sadler

Ryan Roche recently represented me for a traffic offence. From first contact to the final sentencing, I never felt once that I was in the dark or uninformed. I was always updated and appreciated all of the support and guidance Ryan provided. I would highly recommend Ryan!

M. Zipperer
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