NSW Courts Articles

Every Dog Has His Day: Angus the Schnauzer Wins in the NSW Supreme Court

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The New South Wales Court of Appeal (NSWCA) has made what’s being labelled as a landmark decision for pet owners in apartment buildings and other strata managed premises. Angus’ owner, soul singer Jo Cooper, has endured a five year legal battle with the strata corporation of a prestige Darlinghurst… Read more »

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NSW to Consider Coercive Control Laws, As National Campaign Picks Up

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse perpetrated by one partner against another. It can involve a range of tactics – intimidation, isolation, humiliation – which work to “dominate and control” the partner, explains the coalition behind the Criminalise Coercive Control campaign. “It is a strong precursor to… Read more »

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The Offence of Organising a Drug Premises, and Police Powers of Entry

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim NSW Police Strike Force Smede raided a Rhodes riverside apartment on 27 September 2020, uncovering a clandestine drug laboratory in the unit’s garage, while a subsequent raid on a vault on Castlereagh Street in Sydney’s CBD turned up illegal drugs related to the large-scale operation. Along with the lab… Read more »

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Suppression and Non-Publication Orders in New South Wales

A Sydney-based criminal defence lawyer charged with aggravated  sexual assault is seeking to have his name suppressed, along with the name of the firm where he works. The lawyer is trying to save his reputation, and that of his employer, by preventing the publication of what police allege is a “salacious” and cocaine-riddled culture within… Read more »

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Time to Ditch the Wig and Down the Gown

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Writing in Independent Australia, Dr Robert Woods suggested last Friday that it’s time this nation became a republic, as its current status as a constitutional monarchy continues to overtly represent the interests of the European invaders and a system that long excluded non-white peoples. Indeed, with the recent resurgence… Read more »

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Sydney Lawyer Struck Off for Stealing from Mother’s Estate

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Former sole principal at Lane Cove legal practice Leslie Hargrave Lawyers, James Leslie recently had his name struck off the roll of solicitors kept by the NSW Supreme Court, as it was found he’d mishandled trust money in numerous ways, which constituted professional misconduct. In late 2016, Leslie was… Read more »

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The Right to Competent Legal Representation Is Fundamental, Court Finds

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Towards the end of December 2019, former Sydney solicitor Michael Croke found that his barrister John Korn was no longer available to attend his trial at the end of January 2020, because another of Mr Korn’s client had to be retried on sexual assault charges after a trial resulted… Read more »

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