Posts Categorized: Criminal Law

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

Domestic control

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 »

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

Rhodes in Sydney

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 »

Suppression and Non-Publication Orders in New South Wales

Parramatta Courthouse

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 »

Sydney Lawyer Struck Off for Stealing from Mother’s Estate

Sydney Lawyer

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 »

The Xiao Error: Failing to Discount for Guilty Pleas in Commonwealth Cases

Courtroom scales

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On sentencing Torikai Walsh, NSW District Court Judge Clive Jefferies accepted that the 27-year-old Coffs Harbour local had acted under duress, when facilitating the importation of cocaine, which was secreted within consignments in various “sophisticated ways”. Walsh had become involved in the drug importation ring after being threatened with… Read more »

NSW Lawyer Struck Off for Misappropriating Trust Money

Lawyer standing

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim According to section 302(1)(f) of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW), if a lawyer is found guilty of “unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct”, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) can recommend that their name be removed from the roll of lawyers. The NSW Supreme Court maintains the… Read more »