Senior Counsel at 6 St James’ Hall Dr Christopher Ward SC last week secured for his client Dr Benoy Berry a verdict of $64,800,000 in a long-running commercial fraud case brought against former Reserve Bank company Securency (now known as CCL Secure). Dr Ward appeared with experienced junior counsel Mr Phillip Santucci and was instructed by leading boutique firm Marque Lawyers. The verdict follows the earlier judgment on the merits in December 2017 and demonstrates the risks to corporate entities when engaging in fraudulent conduct to achieve commercial goals. The merits judgment is found here. The case is discussed here.
Michael Rennie reports on today's High Court decision upholding the appeal from the Full Federal Court that applied the prohibition on sentencing submissions in criminal matters in Barbaro v R (2014) 253 CLR 58 to civil penalty regimes: see Commonwealth of Australia v Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate  HCA 46.
How can a relationship that comes into existence only by force of one statute be regarded as illegal by reference to another? Robert Angyal SC's recent paper, "Statutory Warfare? What happens when retain lease legislation collides with liquor licensing laws", published in (2015) 89 Australian Law Journal 11 is now available online.
This evening, Mr Greste's Australian lawyers announced that a formal application has now been lodged with the Egyptian Government for Mr Greste's deportation.
Michael Rennie has prepared a detailed paper discussing PII claims, drawing on his experience in acting for numerous government agencies. Here follows a useful overview.