They’ve gone from putting the bad guys away to helping people stay out of jail.
Joshua Blom and John Marsh have 32 years experience working with the NSW Police force.
But the pair have now decided to open their own business- Marsh Blom Lawyers.
Joshua Blom lives in Bowral and joined the police in 2002 while John joined in 2000.
They first met when they worked together at Granville Police Station.
“Both John and I decided to join because we wanted to help people. During our careers, we’ve really developed an understanding and compassion for some of the more vulnerable members of our community,” Joshua said.
“Being able to help people within the criminal justice system is very rewarding and we hope to continue to do this, but this time as defence lawyers.”
Neither have been stationed in the Southern Highlands during their time with the police but both have worked across the state.
Josh worked in specialist areas such as the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad as a detective and his most recent role in the police was as the head prosecutor in Griffith.
John worked as a prosecutor for the past five years, three of that at Parramatta and two as a legal consultant.
Prior to that he did 12 years of general duties policing all over Sydney in places like Bankstown, Parramatta, Penrith, and the Blue Mountains.
The pair began working together again in 2011.
“We both shared a real passion for the law and after working in the police for over 10 years, we decided we wanted to try our hand at prosecuting and put our study of the law into practice.”
They had always joked about starting their own firm one day and in 2016, Joshua and John made the decision to turn that dream into a reality.
Josh said their decision was not because they were disillusioned with their careers, but both wanted a new challenge.
Both enjoyed their time with the police and Josh said there had been plenty of highlights over the years.
“One of the highlights for me was having the opportunity to work on some serious investigations at the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad such as murders, kidnappings, large scale drug supply and terrorism offences,” he said.
“John’s highlights have been filling in for regional prosecutors who were on leave and getting to see all the regional areas of NSW that he’d probably not otherwise see.”
While based in Parramatta, Josh said they hoped to soon open an office in the Southern Highlands.
“We want to open up a second office in the area as soon as we can so we can better service the people of the Southern Highlands.”