Articles by Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Schapelle Corby Set to Come Home


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim It has been reported that 22-year old Adelaide woman Cassandra Sainsbury is facing up to 25 years behind bars after being found with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine in her suitcase in Colombia. The personal trainer from Moana was on a working holiday and was due to get married next ...

Good Cop Sues for “Whistleblower Reprisal”


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Suspended Gold Coast policeman Rick Flori has lodged a civil claim in the Brisbane Supreme Court, signalling the beginning of his lawsuit against the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for “whistleblower reprisal”. Mr Flori’s claim names eight police officers, including assistant commissioners Clem O’Regan and Brian Codd. The story so ...

Supreme Court Slams Law Firm for Failing to Provide Itemised Bill


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim A NSW Supreme Court judge has slammed Sydney law firm Brydens Lawyers for failing to provide a former client with an itemised bill of costs. Mr Tan Than Le was seriously injured in 2005 after being struck by a forklift at his workplace. Mr Le, who has limited English ...

Top DNA Analyst Sacked for Allegedly Fabricating Records


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim DNA evidence has become an increasingly important component of criminal investigations and prosecutions since its use became widespread in the 1990s. Today, police around the country can access the National Criminal Investigation DNA database, which contains the DNA profiles of hundreds of thousands of individuals. These profiles can be matched with ...

Casual Conversations Do Not Amount to Consorting


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Since their enactment in 2012, the use of the new consorting regime by NSW police has come under significant controversy. The consorting law legislation was introduced into parliament by the O’Farrell government, ostensibly in response to rising gun violence attributed to motorcycle club members and organised crime gangs. Under section 93X of the NSW ...

Can I Sue a Lawyer for Incompetence?


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim Law firm Shine Lawyers is facing civil proceedings in the Queensland Supreme Court for allegedly breaching its fiduciary duties to a client by failing to competently represent him in a compensation case. Adelaide lawyer Andrew Rogers is suing the firm over a personal injury claim dating back to 2001. ...

RIP Government Accountability in Australia: A Privacy Guide for Journalists


By Ugur Nedim and Paul Gregoire With the scope of online and telecommunications surveillance today, it seems we’re very much living in an Orwellian age. Last week, the complete version of the Australian government’s mandatory metadata regime came into effect. Although the data retention laws were enacted on October 13, 2015, it wasn’t until last Thursday that all internet ...

NSW Lawyer Reprimanded for Breaching Practising Certificate Condition


Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim All Australian lawyers are required to hold a current practising certificate in order to practise law in this country. The certificate acts as a licence, allowing a person to provide legal services. In New South Wales, they’re issued by the Council of the Law Society of NSW. Practising certificates certify that a ...

Dangerous Driving and the Law


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Driving charges are some of the most commonly heard matters in New South Wales Local Courts. Whether it’s drink driving (DUI or P.C.A.), speeding or a case involving serious harm, tens of thousands of driving cases end up before magistrates in our state’s courts every year. Dangerous driving Dangerous ...

Government Lies About Metadata Scheme


By Kieran Adair and Ugur Nedim As we all were preparing for the Easter break, the government switched on the full version of its metadata retention system. Although the legislation enabling the scheme was passed in October 2015 – and data has been stored and accessed since then – last week marked the end of ...