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Disciplinary and other relevant regulatory decisions

This page includes links to published decisions of Queensland courts and disciplinary bodies in relation to discipline applications made by the Commissioner since the commencement of the Legal Services Commission in 2004. We have also included selected other decisions that we believe make new or important statements of law or principle relevant to the disciplinary process and/or lawyers' professional obligations.

Disciplinary decisions of the High Court (from July 2004)

Dempsey v LSC [2011] HCASL 132


Disciplinary decisions of the Court of Appeal (from July 2004)


Disciplinary decisions of Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (from December 2009)

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Disciplinary decisions of Legal Practice Tribunal (from July 2004 - November 2009)

2009

  • LSC v Anderson [2009] LPT 001 (08/4879) Wilson J 28 January 2009
  • LSC v Cousins [2009] LPT 002 (07/9992) Wilson J 5 February 2009
  • LSC v Atkins [2009] LPT 003 (06/11305) Byrne SJA 6 February 2009
  • LSC v Farnham [2009] LPT 004 (08/6546) Mullins J 18 February 2009 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Sorban [2009] LPT 005 (08/10757) Mullins J 19 February 2009 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Gregory [2009] LPT 006 (07/2523) Mullins J 4 March 2009
  • LSC v Scott [2009] LPT 007 (07/3033) Fryberg J 27 March 2009
  • LSC v Dwyer [2009] LPT 008 (08/9434) Byrne SJA 1 May 2009
  • LSC v Scott (No 2) [2009] LPT 009 (07/3033) Fryberg J 29 April 2009
  • LSC v Atkins [2009] LPT 010 (06/11305) Byrne SJA 1 May 2009
  • LSC v Krebs [2009] LPT 011 (08/4878) Wilson J 17 April 2009
  • LSC v Garrett [2009] LPT 012 (08/5981) Mullins J 1 May 2009
  • LSC v Thomas [2009] LPT 013 (06/1878) Mullins J 7 May 2009
  • LSC v Tampoe [2009] LPT 014 (08/0363) Atkinson J 5 June 2009 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Shera [2009] LPT 015 (07/1987) White J 12 June 2009
  • LSC v Chadwick [2009] LPT 016 (08/9698) Atkinson J 6 August 2009
  • LSC v Richardson [2009] LPT 017 (08/6611) Atkinson J 16 July 2009
  • LSC V Shera (No 2) [2009] LPT 018 (07/1987) White J 6 August 2009
  • LSC v Cain [2009] LPT 019 (09/0980) Atkinson J 6 August 2009
  • LSC v Dempsey [2009] LPT 020 (08/9435) Atkinson J 27 August 2009
  • LSC v Bradshaw [2009] LPT 021 (09/5723) Fryberg J 8 September 2009
  • LSC  v Wherry [2009] LPT 022 (09/0981) Fryberg J 7 September 2009
  • LSC v Dempsey (No. 2) [2009] LPT 023 (08/9435) Atkinson J 28 October 2009
  • LSC v Petschler [2009] LPT 024 (09/5081) White J 30 October 2009
  • LSC v Bevan [2009] LPT 025 (09/0982) Mullins J 5 November 2009
  • LSC v Richardson (No 2) [2009] LPT 026 (08/6611) Atkinson J 11 November 2009
  • LSC v Hay [2009] LPT 027 (08/10497) Mullins J 19 November 2009
  • LSC v Hay (No 2) [2009] LPT 028 (08/10497) Mullins J 24 November 2009 (delivered ex tempore)

2008

  • LSC v Voll [2008] LPT 001 (07/1426) de Jersey CJ 8 February 2008
  • LSC v Madden [2008] LPT 002 (07/1119) de Jersey CJ 8 February 2008
  • LSC v Hewlett [2008] LPT 003 ; [2008] 2 Qd R 292 (07/1341) de Jersey CJ 2 April 2008
  • LSC v Turley [2008] LPT 004 (07/7726) de Jersey CJ 18 March 2008 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Clair [2008] LPT 005 (07/1723) de Jersey CJ 19 March 2008 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Mackereth [2008] LPT 006 (07/1121) de Jersey CJ 19 March 2008 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Hansen [2008] LPT 007 (07/9989) White J 27 June 2008
  • LSC v Slipper [2008] LPT 008 (07/4927) White J 27 June 2008
  • LSC v Bradshaw [2008] LPT 009 (07/11653) White J 10 July 2008
  • LSC v Hansen (No 2) [2008] LPT 010 (07/9989) White J 21 July 2008
  • LSC v Bradshaw (No 2) [2008] LPT 011 (07/11653) White J 8 September 2008
  • LSC v Ford [2008] LPT 012 (07/4928) Fryberg J 22 August 2008 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Winning [2008] LPT 013 (06/5544) White J 13 October 2008
  • LSC v Winning (No. 2) [2008] LPT 014 (06/5544) White J 5 November 2008
  • LSC v Kincaid [2008] LPT 015 (07/11656) Byrne SJA 19 December 2008
  • LSC v Pointon [2008] LPT 016 (06/7344) Byrne SJA 19 December 2008
  • LSC v Griffiths [2008] LPT 017 (07/11655) Byrne SJA 19 December 2008
  • LSC v Cochrane [2008] LPT 018 (08/1238) Byrne SJA 19 December 2008
  • LSC v Quinn [2008] LPT 019 (08/1470) Fryberg J 22 August 2008 (delivered ex tempore)

2007

  • LSC v Pennisi [2007] LPT 001 (06/6685) de Jersey CJ 18 April 2007 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Johnston [2007] LPT 002 (06/5115) de Jersey CJ 18 April 2007 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Hoolihan [2007] LPT 003 (06/4900) de Jersey CJ 18 April 2007 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Sing [2007] LPT 004 ; [2007] 2 Qd R 158 (07/1122) de Jersey CJ 19 April 2007
  • LSC v Sing (No 2) [2007] LPT 005 (07/1122) de Jersey CJ 19 April 2007 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Walters [2007] LPT 006 (05/8655) Moynihan SJA 1 June 2007

2006

  • LSC v OâEUR(TM)Connor [2006] LPT 001 (05/8656) Mullins J 14 March 2006
  • LSC v OâEUR(TM)Connor (No 2) [2006] LPT 002 (05/8656) Mullins J 2 May 2006
  • LSC v Towers [2006] LPT 003 (05/0754) de Jersey CJ 22 May 2006 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Williams [2006] LPT 004 (05/0756) de Jersey CJ 22 May 2006 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Podmore [2006] LPT 005 (05/7701) de Jersey CJ 23 August 2006
  • LSC v Podmore [2006] LPT 006 (05/7701) de Jersey CJ 25 October 2006
  • LSC v Ferguson [2006] LPT 007 (05/5772) de Jersey CJ 6 September 2006 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Devenish & Ors [2006] LPT 008 (05/9753) de Jersey CJ 6 September 2006 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Dore [2006] LPT 009 (06/5814) de Jersey CJ 15 November 2006 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Ramsden [2006] LPT 010 (06/5112) de Jersey CJ 15 November 2006 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Jameson [2006] LPT 011 (06/5113) de Jersey CJ 15 November 2006 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Mullins [2006] LPT 012 (06/1876) Byrne J 23 November 2006
  • LSC v McClelland [2006] LPT 013 (06/5185) de Jersey CJ 24 November 2006
  • LSC v McColm [2006] LPT 014 (06/5114) de Jersey CJ 16 November 2006 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Hackett [2006] LPT 015 (06/1877) de Jersey CJ 12 December 2006 (delivered ex tempore)

2005

  • LSC v Twohill [2005] LPT 001 de Jersey CJ 15 June 2005 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Baker [2005] LPT 002 (04/9619) Moynihan SJA 27 September 2005
  • LSC v Bryant [2005] LPT 003 (05/5773) de Jersey CJ 27 September 2005 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Zaghini [2005] LPT 004 (04/2512) de Jersey CJ 27 September 2005 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Bussa [2005] LPT 005 (05/3383) de Jersey CJ 4 October 2005 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Williams [2005] LPT 006 (05/1015) de Jersey CJ 24 October 2005 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Nguyen [2005] LPT 007 (05/7700) de Jersey CJ 29 November 2005 (delivered ex tempore)
  • LSC v Williams [2005] LPT 008 (05/2514) de Jersey CJ 29 November 2005 (delivered ex tempore)

2004

  • LSC v Hockey [2004] LPT 001 (04/9618) de Jersey CJ 14 December 2004

Disciplinary decisions of Legal Practice Committee (from December 2009)

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Other relevant regulatory decisions (from July 2004)

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Unlawful Operators (from May 2011)

Legal Services Commissioner v Nicholas Martin Braid [2017]

The respondent was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, two offences, one under section 24 of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (the Act), by engaging in legal practice when he was not an Australian legal practitioner, and the second under section 25 of the Act, by holding himself out as a solicitor when he was not entitled to practice law. He accepted money for his “legal services”. On each charge the respondent was sentenced to three months imprisonment, served concurrently with each other.

LSC v Reichman QDC [2017] 158

The respondent was charged under section 24 of the Legal Profession Act 2007 with engaging in legal practice when he was not an Australian legal practitioner. The respondent pleaded not guilty and, following a two day trial in the Brisbane Magistrates Court, was convicted of engaging in legal practice when not entitled to do so, and fined $1,500. It was found that he had attended several police interviews with various “clients”, and given them legal advice throughout. He had also signed a form claiming to be a solicitor. The respondent appealed the conviction, and the Legal Services Commissioner cross-appealed the sentence. Both appeals were dismissed.

LSC v Reichman (Unreported, Magistrates Court of Queensland, Brisbane, Magistrate Thacker, 27 August 2014)

The respondent was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, two offences, one under section 24 of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (the Act) by engaging in legal practice when he was not an Australian legal practitioner, and the second under section 25 of the Act by the use of social media to hold himself out so that the public accessing such social media would believe that he was a legal practitioner. He was ordered to pay a fine of $1000, together with the costs of $1083.50. No conviction was recorded.

Legal Services Commissioner v Jesse Adam Bond [2016]

The respondent was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, two offences: one under section 24 of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (the Act), by engaging in legal practice when he was not an Australian legal practitioner, and the second under section 25 of the Act, by holding himself out as a solicitor when he was not entitled to practice law, pretending to be employed by a fictitious law firm, BHLS partners.  For his breaches of the Act he was convicted and sentenced to a period of 4 months on each charge, served concurrently with each other.

LSC v McKee (Unreported, Magistrates Court of Queensland, Bundaberg, Magistrate W J Smith, 11 December 2012)

The respondent was found guilty in the Magistrates Court both of engaging in legal practice and representing himself as entitled to engage in practice when he was not an Australian legal practitioner, and therefore prohibited from doing so by sections 24 and 25 of the Legal Profession Act Qld 2007 respectively. The judgment relied on earlier judgments of the Supreme Court of Queensland in LSC v Beames and LSC v Walter (see below).

LSC v Beames [2012] QSC 327

The respondent represented that he was entitled to engage in legal practice when he was not an Australian legal practitioner. Beames described himself as a “lawyer”, “solicitor” or “legal practitioner” when witnessing documents. However his name was removed from the roll of solicitors on 17 November 2003: In the matter of Douglas Macleod Beames [2003] SCT/114. Held: the respondent engaged in conduct that would constitute an offence against s 25 of the LPA with injunction granted.

LSC v Walter [2011] QSC 132

This decision provides guidance as to the conduct that may constitute engaging in legal practice. Section 24 of the Legal Profession Act 2007 prohibits a person from engaging in legal practice unless the person is a legal practitioner, ie., has a current practising certificate issued in accordance with the Act. The decision makes it clear that a person’s conduct does not have to be remunerated to breach that prohibition.

Last reviewed
9 May 2018
Last updated
9 May 2018

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