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RW Partner Christine Smyth President defends QLD's Common Law Compensation Scheme

Robbins Watson Partner Christine Smyth President defends QLD's Common Law Compensation Scheme as one of the fairest in the world.

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth welcomed Ms Stilgoe’s appointment

“On behalf of the profession, I congratulate Ms Stilgoe on her new appointment. She is more than eminently qualified and experienced for the role,” Ms Smyth said.

Christine Smyth speaks with Bay FM on lack of capacity and its impact in the legal system

Christine Smyth speaks with Bay FM on lack of capacity and its impact in the legal system

President of the Queensland Law Society speaks to ABC Gold Coast in relation to privacy laws and Council Libraries

President of the Queensland Law Society speaks to ABC Gold Coast in relation to privacy laws and Council Libraries. Christine Smyth says “Why now, why would the broader members employed by Council need access to this information?”  

“Privacy laws guarantee security of people, Counsel is required to keep information secure, how is Counsel going to ensure that third parties will keep the information secure?

Queensland Law Society president and Gold Coast solicitor Christine Smyth views on protecting people’s privacy

“Queensland Law Society president and Gold Coast solicitor Christine Smyth said the notice had “a lot of words and it doesn’t explain”.  “The council notice does not state with any particularity what purposes it is extending the access to the library users’ information,” she said.  “For example, why would a contractor to the council need the details of an avid Harry Potter fan?”  Ms Smyth said people escaping domestic violence would be among these concerned about the extended use of their personal information.  “We need to be careful protecting these people’s privacy” she said.

Law Society Warns Against Bush Lawyers

The Queensland Law Society (QLS) has warned about the risks of uncertified “bush lawyers” offering legal advice.

The warning comes after the Western Australia Supreme Court fined an uncertified person who advertised legal services on the Gumtree website $20,000.

QLS president Christine Smyth said there was growing concern in the legal profession that consumers were being duped into taking “cheap” or “free” advice over the Internet or from lay advocates holding themselves out as qualified to give legal advice and assistance.

“Beware of fraudsters who claim to be able to give legal advice,” Ms Smyth said.

Law Society Welcomes Independent Crime Stats

Queensland’s peak solicitor group has welcomed a $2.7 million commitment from the State Government to fund a new independent body to collect crime statistics.

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth said the Society had campaigned strongly for the funding of a proposed Crime Statistics and Research Unit (CSRU).

“We congratulate the government on its commitment to create a new and independent criminal statistics research unit,” Ms Smyth said on Friday.

Lawyer for Daniel Morcombe's killer sentenced to five years' jail

The case of a high-profile Brisbane solicitor who confessed to pocketing criminal proceeds while implicating colleagues in an illegal cash payments scheme has fed “public perception that lawyers are greedy and self-serving”, a judge said.

Tim Meehan, who most notably acted for Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Cowan, was sentenced to five and a half years in jail, with a non-parole period of 18 months, by supreme court justice Roslyn Atkinson on Friday.

Law Society slams jailed Qld lawyer

The president of Queensland's Law Society says former solicitor Tim Meehan's conviction on fraud charges undermines the reputation of all legal professionals in the state.

Meehan was sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday to five and a half years' jail on charges of fraud and falsifying records.

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth said Meehan's criminality brought into disrepute the "otherwise good reputation of Queensland's 11,000 hard-working and ethical solicitors" and she was confident the crimes were an isolated case.

Lawyer for Daniel Morcombe's killer sentenced to five years' jail

The case of a high-profile Brisbane solicitor who confessed to pocketing criminal proceeds while implicating colleagues in an illegal cash payments scheme has fed “public perception that lawyers are greedy and self-serving”, a judge said.

Tim Meehan, who most notably acted for Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Cowan, was sentenced to five and a half years in jail, with a non-parole period of 18 months, by supreme court justice Roslyn Atkinson on Friday.

Meehan, a month after he was sacked from his law firm, revealed to the Crime and Corruption Commission his role in taking more than $600,000 cash from clients in an “organised scheme” that hid earnings from the firm’s trust account, creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, the tax office and the federal financial intelligence agency.

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