Admitted as Solicitor


Called to the Bar


Mahmud Hawila appears and advises in a broad range of criminal, regulatory and public law matters, drawing upon his experience as a Police Prosecutor, Police Officer and Government Lawyer. Mahmud has conducted prosecutions on behalf of the NSW Police Force, Transport for NSW, Revenue NSW, Point to Point Transport Commissioner, Department of Education, Liquor & Gaming NSW, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, local councils and various other regulatory agencies.

Mahmud accepts both Defence and Prosecution briefs to appear in all New South Wales Courts and Tribunals, including in regional and remote locations.
He features on Legal Aid NSW Panels, the Commonwealth DPP Briefing Panel, and holds an ongoing Commonwealth Counsel Rate.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Mahmud practised in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at Hunt & Hunt Lawyers. In that capacity he acted on behalf of government agencies in regulatory prosecutions, appeals, administrative reviews, commissions of inquiry and coronial inquests.

Earlier in his career, Mahmud served in the NSW Police Force as a General Duties Police Officer, and later a Police Prosecutor. During his time in General Duties, Mahmud conducted numerous criminal investigations, and provided legal advice to investigators on the exercise of legislative powers and the sufficiency of briefs of evidence.

Mahmud has extensive advocacy experience in conducting defended criminal hearings, sentencing proceedings, and applications relating to bail, Apprehended Violence Orders, forensic procedures, mental health, and confiscation of proceeds of crime.

Providing Guidance In

Common Law

Intentional Torts

Criminal Law

Appellate, Criminal Law, Children’s Criminal Law, Parole, Prosecutions, Regulatory Prosecutions, Work Health & Safety

Inquests & Inquiries

Commissions, Inquests & Inquiries, Coronial

Public & Administrative Law

Administrative Law, Human Rights, Judicial Review

Member of

Commonwealth DPP – Counsel Panel
Legal Aid NSW – Indictable Criminal Law Barrister Panel
Legal Aid NSW – Summary Crime Panel
NSW Bar Association Costs & Fees Committee
NSW Bar Association Diversity & Equality Committee

Please Contact

Eleanor Tjhin (Junior Clerk)
Adam Hussain (Junior Clerk)


Black Chambers
Wallamulla, Gadigal Country
Suite 204, Level 2
185 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

  • SafeWork NSW v Campbelltown Hardware Pty Ltd and Khalid [2021] NSWDC 217 (led by Y Sharif SC)
  • SafeWork NSW v CCP Remedial Pty Ltd [2021] NSWDC 86 (led by S Callan SC)
  • SafeWork NSW v MACFIN Building Solutions Pty Ltd [2020] NSWDC 776 (led by S Callan SC)
  • Roads and Maritime Services v Farrell; Roads and Maritime Services v Northcott; Roads and Maritime Services v Le Thorn; Roads and Maritime Services v Touba; Roads and Maritime Services v Culpan; Roads and Maritime Services v Hooper [2019] NSWSC 552 (with B Hearnden)

Mahmud lectures at the Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, in Criminal Law and The Legal Profession (Ethics).

Mahmud volunteers in a number of not-for-profit organisations and charities, including the Australian Hate Crime Network, Crescent Institute and United Nations Association of Australia (NSW).