Ken Bates is a senior practitioner in the field of Criminal Law where he has had over 35 years’ experience representing clients in the Perth Magistrates Court, Perth District Court, Perth Supreme Court and Children’s Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia.
Ken Bates graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland in 1979 and was subsequently admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and after moving to Western Australia, the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Ken Bates worked as a prosecutor for both the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Director of Public Prosecutions for the State of Western Australia for over 20 years reaching the position of Director of Legal Services.
He has had extensive experience conducting appeals in the Court of Appeal and the High Court of Australia and as a Trial Advocate in all Criminal Courts in Western Australia.
For the last 7 years he has been the Principal Director of Bates Legal Pty Ltd, a boutique Criminal Defence firm practising exclusively in Criminal law and Traffic law.
Ken Bates is a member of the Indictable Criminal Lawyers Panel for Legal Aid. He has been a long-standing member of the Law Society of Western Australia, previously serving as a member of the Council of the Society. He is also a member of the Criminal Lawyers Association and has previously served on the Committee of the Criminal Lawyers Association as its Vice President.
In 2015 Ken Bates was in the recommended category of Doyle’s List of Leading Perth Criminal Defence Lawyers. His firm was also in the recommended category of Doyle’s List of Leading Criminal Firms in 2015.