Queensland Law Society

QLS MEDIA STATEMENT: CCC charges

Date 11 Nov 2017
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Email media@qls.com.au

Today (11 NOV), Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth has made the following statement in regard to today's announcement of Crime and Corruption Commission charges.

"The Society is aware that three people connected to a law firm have been charged today by the Crime and Corruption Commission.

"The Law Society has been cooperating with the Crime and Corruption Commission on its investigation and will continue to do so.

"The lawyers have a duty to report to the Law Society the details of the charges against them. If substantiated, the Law Society will take appropriate regulatory action.

"The Law Society will closely monitor and cooperate with investigative bodies in accordance with our obligations.

"In any walk of life, politicians, police, lawyers, or journalists, from time to time criminal behaviour can occur. This is extremely disappointing whenever it does.

"While this matter casts a dark cloud over the broader legal community, there are more than 12,000 ethical, dedicated and hardworking solicitors across the state who continue to serve the people of Queensland.

"As the matter is now before the courts, it is entirely improper for any comment to be made about any aspect of the case."

ENDS

For further information, contact the external affairs team on media@qls.com.au.