He commenced practice as a solicitor in 1963 under the tutelage of the Australian defence lawyer Frank Galbally. He rapidly became a successful advocate with a reputation for his tenacity.
Faris signed the roll of counsel of the Victorian Bar in 1970 and practiced as defence and prosecuting counsel in serious criminal cases. In the mid-1980s he "took silk" and became a Queen's Counsel. Since that time he has appeared in some of Australia's most sensational criminal trials.
After leaving the NCA Faris returned to private practice as a barrister. He has since combined his legal practice with his double life as a blogger, broadcaster and media commentator.
As well as prosecuting and defending criminal trials, his practice includes appearing for witnesses summoned by investigative crime and corruption bodies and conducting appeals against the decisions of those bodies.
His bluntness of expression and conservative political views tend to alienate his opponents, but they also earned his weekly 3AW radio spot an enthusiastic following.
In 2007 Faris asserted in the media that cocaine use was rife among Melbourne's legal profession, prompting an investigation of him by the Victorian Bar's ethics committee. In response, Faris accused the committee of shooting the messenger and announced that he would resign his Victorian Bar membership to practice as independent counsel.
On 25 January 2009, Faris announced that he would discontinue blogging:
Goodbye to all. I am closing this blog as I wish to concentrate my writing efforts elsewhere. Thank you all for your support over the years.
The blog has since been dismantled .
- Torture acceptable, says former NCA chief, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 May 2005.
- Tippet, Gary: Is this the grumpiest man in Melbourne?, The Age, 15 October 2006.