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Sonia Hickey

Sonia Hickey is a freelance writer, magazine journalist and owner of 'Woman with Words'. She has a strong interest in social justice, and is a member of the Sydney Criminal Lawyers® content team.

Criminal Law Barristers Quit Legal Profession in Droves

by Sonia Hickey
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still being felt far and wide across Australia, despite the fact that many businesses and industries are now open. One profession particularly hard hit has been – criminal law. At the start of...

Australia: Moving Toward a Cashless Society

by Sonia Hickey
Within days of the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia most shops began eschewing cash, with a preference for cards. And here’s the thing – most Aussies quickly complied. Recently, banking experts have said that over the 12 weeks or so that...

Victorian / NSW Border Closure: An Outline of the Rules

by Sonia Hickey
The New South Wales / Victorian border closed today, after hundreds of Victorians continue to be infected with COVID-19. For those living on or near the border, with work commitments, friends and family on the other side, there is a...

What is the Offence of Grooming a Child for Unlawful Sexual Activity?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The Jeffrey Epstein case has all the hallmarks of the conduct exposed by the #MeToo movement: A wealthy man in a powerful position taking advantage of vulnerable young women. But there is a significant difference. In the case of Jeffrey...

The Offence of Dishonestly Obtaining a Benefit By Deception in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Australian singer Guy Sebastian’s former manager has been charged with fraud, after allegedly dishonestly obtaining $1.15 million that should have been paid to the singer. Titus Day was recently arrested and charged with 61 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage...

COVID-19 Rules: Unfairness is Leading to Business Closures

by Sonia Hickey
As the nation reopens now that the immediate threat presented by COVID-19 has passed, most Australian businesses are finding themselves faced with a list of new rules and regulations they must comply with in order to minimise public transmission of...

NSW Police Officers Are Required to Meet Quotas

by Sonia Hickey
New South Wales Police Chief Mick Fuller has wasted no time in justifying his new annual salary, setting a goal for his force of officers to ‘detect’ almost 300,000 crimes across the state this year. The targets, obtained under freedom...

What is the Meaning of Consent in Sexual Assault Cases?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A former NSW Police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a colleague while he was in uniform. A District Court jury has heard that 44-year old Kristian Dieter Glaser was either on duty or had just finished work when...

Lawyer Secretly Prosecuted for Exposing Crimes of Australian Government

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A decision in the ACT Supreme Court today (which was also a closed hearing) means that part of the trial of Former ACT Attorney-General Bernard Collaery will take place in secret. Mr Collaery and his former client, Witness K, a...

Former High Court Justice Accused of Sexually Harassing Associates

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The reputation of one of Australia’s pre-eminent legal minds has taken a battering after an independent inquiry by the High Court found he sexual harassed six female associates. The women claim that Mr Heydon’s status as one of the most...
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