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High Profile Crimes That Reshaped The Law In Queensland – Part 3

Gabe Watson and Dionne Lacey By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and AssociatesDate 2020 Introductory Remarks The Gabe Watson case has obviously triggered a lot of interest amongst police in regard to the prosecution’s position at sentence when considering an appeal. Police become frustrated when a Magistrate makes what are…

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Brisbane Lockdown 08/01/2021

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates08 January 2021, 11:30am A cleaner at a quarantine hotel yesterday tested positive to the new highly infectious strain of Corona Virus which has largely only been seen before this week in the United Kingdom.  Due to the new strain having entered QLD,…

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Open Letter to Young Aspiring Lawyers

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates23 December 2020 Dear Aspiring Lawyers, It is the end of perhaps the most challenging and bizarre year of this generation.  More than a few will be looking forward to the start of a new year and the challenges and new adventures it…

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Afghanistan Inquiry Report

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates02 December 2020 In March 2016, the General-Inspector of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) opened an investigation into serious misconduct (including allegations of war crimes) committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan between 2006 and 2016.  After 4 years of inquiry, a report has…

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Lawyer X Royal Commission Report

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates30 November 2020 In March 2019, the infamous Lawyer X was revealed to be Nicola Gobbo, gangland defence barrister, who represented numerous Melbourne underworld figures whilst simultaneously a police informant.  Today, the Hon. Margaret McMurdo AC delivered a report of the Royal Commission’s…

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Commonwealth Integrity Commission

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates6 November 2020 Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter has released draft legislation regarding a proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC).  The legislation seeks to establish a powerful federal anti-corruption agency, a measure many believe is a much needed step towards strengthening confidence in the integrity…

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Voluntary Assisted Dying – Consultation Paper

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates 3 November 2020 The Queensland Law Reform Commission has this month released a Consultation Paper entitled, “A Legal Framework for Voluntary Assisted Dying”. As the introduction to the Paper states, those seeking relief from prolonged intolerable suffering in Queensland through voluntary assisted…

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Case Note: Clair Petersen v Kizuri Capital Pty Ltd, Maycorp Pty Ltd and Cricklewood Capital Pty Ltd T/A Allpet Products

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates 29 October 2019 The Fair Work Commission last week handed down their decision regarding a case of dismissal where an employee posted disparaging remarks about her employer on social media and allegedly engaged in personal activities during work hours.  Read on for…

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Case Note: Commissioner of Police v Barbaro

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates 28 October 2020 The Qld Court of Appeal has just this week handed down their decision in the case of Commissioner of Police v Barbaro. The case focused on whether the protection of privileged information was a reasonable excuse for refusing to…

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