QLS disappointment over conduct of high-profile criminal solicitor Tim Meehan
22 June 2017
Queensland’s peak solicitor group has voiced its disappointment over the conduct of high profile criminal solicitor Tim Meehan after his plea of guilty today (Thurs 21 June) to a string of serious criminal offences.
Queensland Law Society President Christine Smyth said it was improper to comment on any aspect of the case as it pertained to Mr Meehan as the matter was still before the courts.
However, Ms Smyth said it was a dark day for the legal profession when a practitioner was convicted and remanded in jail pending sentence for such serious offences.
“There are more than 11,000 ethical, dedicated and hardworking solicitors across Queensland whose reputation is no doubt called into question in the very rare occasion where a lawyer participates in criminality,” Ms Smyth said.
“It is extremely disappointing when any lawyer abuses the trust and faith members of the public place in them.
“QLS take matters such as this very seriously and the public deserve answers when a lawyer is charged with committing criminal acts.”
Timothy (Tim) Meehan pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to one count each of aggravated fraud in excess of $30,000 and eight counts of fraudulently falsifying a record.
Justice David Boddice remanded Mr Meehan in custody for sentence on July 13.
Ms Smyth said QLS sets and demands very high standards of all solicitors granted the privilege of holding a certificate allowing them to practise in Queensland and takes action when the conduct of any solicitor when they fails to meet the standards, honesty and integrity required of all lawyers.
“Mr Meehan no longer has a Queensland Law Society practising certificate,” Ms Smyth said.
“Upon being informed of Mr Meehan’s conduct QLS took swift action, resulting in Mr Meehan surrendering his practising certificate.
“QLS has also been working very closely with the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission and has been conducting an on-going audit of Mr Meehan’s firm’s trust accounts.”
Ms Smyth said the surrender of Mr Meehan’s PC occurred shortly after his former employer notified QLS of alleged inappropriate and criminal behaviour.
Ms Smyth said it would be inappropriate to comment further on Mr Meehan’s case until such time as the court process had concluded.
“Whilst Mr Meehan has pleaded guilty to some very serious offences and been remanded in custody for sentence on a date to be fixed and such is improper for me to make any further comment at this stage,” Ms Smyth said.
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