Articles by Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Junior Lawyer Imprisoned for Multi-Million Dollar Fraud


By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey Sydney lawyer Brody Clarke came from a privileged background, benefited from a stellar education and was employed by investment banks Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan before turning his hand to law in his early thirties. But it all came undone when the now 36-year old engaged in an unsophisticated scheme ...

High Court Justice Tells Prosecutors to Appeal Lenient Sentences


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim High Court Justice Virginia Bell ended 2018 on an “incendiary note”, when she publicly implied that some sentences being handed down are clearly too light, and the Crown should be appealing them rather than exercising the restraint that has been applied over recent decades. The comments were made during ...

Renewed Calls for Wage Theft to be Criminalised


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A 2014 investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found that the convenience store chain 7-Eleven had engaged in schemes to exploit workers by paying them below award rates, denying them holiday loadings and even failing to pay them for time worked. The case was referred to the Federal Court ...

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 7 to 13 January 2019


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Politician to Charge Taxpayers for Attendance at Racist Rally Independent MP Fraser Anning has been criticised for charging taxpayers to attend a far right-wing rally. Click here to read the article Dozens of Breaches of the My Health Record Database ...

Pill Testing Saves Lives, and Does Not Lead to Increased Drug Use


By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes In the wake of a spate of recent deaths at Australian music festivals, the mainstream media is starting to report on the potential benefits of pill testing – and politicians from the major parties are starting to listen. The main sticking point seems to be the concern that pill ...

Stop Imprisoning People for Unpaid Fines


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Western Australian Government is under mounting pressure to revoke laws which imprison people for unpaid fines. WA is the only jurisdiction in Australia where you can go directly to prison for unpaid fines. Many of the people who fall foul of this law are poor or otherwise vulnerable, ...

Hung Jury in NSW Supreme Court Foreign Fighter Case


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The NSW Supreme Court jury considering the ‘foreign fighter ‘charges of Kurdish-Australian journalist Renas Lelikan was dismissed on 6 December 2019, when it failed to a verdict after four weeks of deliberations. When the trial began in early October, Mr Lelikan’s criminal defence barrister Phillip Boulten SC told the court that ...

Fascists Rallying over a Fallacy: Nazi Sentiment Seen as Acceptable by Some


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Despite Australia being a well-established multicultural society, a group of Nazi sympathisers took to the waterfront last Saturday in Melbourne, once again holding on to the idea of a pure white Anglo past that never actually existed in our country in the first place. Spruiked on Facebook as a ...

Dozens of Breaches of the My Health Record Database Have Already Been Recorded


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The number of breaches detected and recorded against the My Health Record database rose from 35 to 42 in the past financial year, raising concerns about who the information may be sold or provided to, and how it may be misused. The breaches fly in the face of consistent ...

Politician to Charge Taxpayers for Attendance at Racist Rally


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Footage from the ‘Reclaim St Kilda Rally’ over the weekend has emerged depicting extreme right-wing protesters giving Nazi salutes, and showing a demonstrator holding an SS helmet. The images are controversial to say the least, as was the presence of Independent Senator Fraser Anning, who recently sparked controversy when ...