Australia: Criminal Law Firm Raided By Police

The second in as many weeks reports Brisbane’s Courier Mail

They write….

A SECOND high-profile Queensland criminal law firm has been raided by the crime and corruption watchdog in a deepening of the probe into the legal fraternity.

The Courier-Mail understands staff members at Lawler Magill were detained in the firm’s boardroom for a couple of hours to allow the Crime and Corruption Commission to execute a search warrant on April 7.

Two officers, including a uniformed policeman, were spotted emerging from the building that afternoon carrying a pair of black cases emblazoned with the word “raid”.

It’s believed a cash detection dog was also brought in to assist.

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth yesterday said they were “fully aware” of the CCC’s ongoing investigation into Lawler Magill.

“We will of course lend any assistance to the CCC if requested and take whatever steps we can to minimise the impact upon the community within the constraints of the legislation and our obligations as a statutory regulatory authority,” she said.

“If there are any breaches of professional duties, it is the responsibility of the Legal Service Commission to take disciplinary action.”

A spokesman for the Crime and Corruption Commission said the watchdog was unable to comment.

When contacted by The Courier-Mail, Lawler Magill managing director Neil Lawler said that the firm was fully co-operating.

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