Articles by Ugur Nedim

Ugur Nedim Ugur Nedim is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and Principal at Sydney Criminal Lawyers®, Australia's leading team of criminal and traffic defence lawyers.

Stockpiled Firearms are a Magnet for Thieves


Following a mass shooting in Darwin’s CBD earlier this month, a University of Sydney expert on gun violence has criticised police over their inaction when it comes to tracking shotguns, rifles and handguns in Australia. Darwin shooting It has been alleged that 45-year old Darwin resident Ben Hoffman shot and killed four people on 4 …
Police assault on Australia day

NSW District Court Judge Slams Brutal Police


Judge Roy Ellis of the New South Wales District Court has made clear there was no excuse for police officers to violently drag 28-year old Indigenous man Carl Hoppner from a police vehicle at Toronto Police Station on Australia Day last year before repeatedly punching and kicking him while he lay handcuffed and huddled on …

Drivers Face Fines for ‘Normal’ Passenger Behaviour


It’s a law you may not know about, but certainly one worth brushing up on. You’re on a long drive and your front seat passenger is relaxing watching a YouTube clip or a movie on a tablet or smart phone. Seems harmless enough, right? Actually, as a driver, you can be given three demerit points …
Fairy floss

The Offence of Drug Supply in New South Wales


A South Australian man has been handed an 18-month suspended prison sentence for selling a range of cannabis-infused products, including fairy-floss, hazelnut spread, lollies and lip balm. 32-year old James Stephen Woodward pleaded guilty in the state’s District Court to possessing, manufacturing and supplying an illegal drug. Police raided his home last year after receiving …
Incest

Mother of ‘Incest Family’ Granted Bail


The 52-year old matriarch of a rural Australian family has been granted bail in the Supreme Court of New South Wales after spending 14 months behind bars. The woman, given the pseudonym ‘Betty Colt’, was arrested in April 2018 and charged with five counts of perjury for allegedly making false statements under oath. She is …
1984

Welcome to 1984: The Government’s Relentless Assault on Democracy


Many social commentators have drawn comparisons between George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984’ and the pervasive nature of surveillance in a several modern nations, labelling the book as prophetic rather than emphasising that it is a work of fiction. Orwell’s book was written 70 years ago in 1949, but perhaps never has it been as relevant …
Sexual harassment at work

Law Firm Boss Ordered to Pay for Sexually Harassing Employee


As the Australian legal profession grapples with the issue of bullying and harassment in the workplace, the principal of one NSW law firm has been ordered to pay damages to an employee for ongoing sexual harassment. Ordered to pay damages The head of a boutique law firm in Bangalow, near Byron Bay on the far …
Domestic murder

Domestic Violence Murders Double in New South Wales


According to data recently released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), the number of domestic violence-related murders in New South Wales has doubled over the past year The statistics also suggest that after years of steady decline, several other categories of violent crime are also on the rise. Domestic violence homicides The …

Uber Drivers Are Not Employees, rules Fair Work Ombudsman


According to the ATO, “An employee works in your business and is part of your business. A contractor is running their own business.” The characterisation has allowed businesses such as Uber, Air Tasker, Ola, Deliveroo, DiDi and Menulog to deny workers entitlements such as minimum wage, annual leave, superannuation and sick leave regardless of the …

Folau vs Rugby Australia: An Unfair Dismissal?


The lawyers for Australian rugby union player Israel Folau have filed proceedings in the Fair Work Commission, alleging that the basis of their client’s dismissal was unfair. In case you missed the story, the controversy surrounding Mr Folau started several weeks ago, when he posted on his Instagram page that “drunks, homosexuals and adulterers” are …