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Former MP Craig Thomson struck off


Craig Thomson was admitted as a lawyer in NSW on 31 March 1995, although he never obtained a practising certificate.

On 16 August 2002, Thomson was elected as National Secretary of the HSU. Two months later, Thomson established a business account for the HSU National Office in Victoria with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). He was the only signatory to this account, which included a CBA credit MasterCard with a cash withdrawal facility accessible by PIN. In accordance with HSU policy, that card was only to be used for work-related expenses. Irregularities in the accounts for the card were, however, revealed by an exit audit conducted after Thomson’s resignation as National Secretary.

On 11 October 2016, Thomson applied to the Law Society of New South Wales for a practising certificate. His application disclosed “theft of between $3500 and $5500 from employer” and sentence by way of a “fine of $25,000”, but did not disclose the contraventions of the Workplace Relations Act.

On 23 February 2017, the Law Society informed the Prothonotary of the Supreme Court of NSW of that refusal.

By summons filed on 15 March 2018, the Prothonotary applied for declarations that Mr Thomson has been guilty of professional misconduct, is not a person of good fame and character, and is not a fit and proper person to remain on the roll of legal practitioners of the Supreme Court.

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What if I know that my client is guilty?

Surprisingly, I get this question every so often from people who meet me and know I am a lawyer, including clients (but not criminal law clients). It’s an interesting question because it involves resolving conflicts between my duties to the client and my duties to the court. As this article will demonstrate, the answer is not a simple one.


This blog post has now been published at the website of Sterling Law. It can be found here.


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Why are lawyers so expensive?

Many complaints about lawyers concern how high their legal fees are. The professional fees charged by lawyers are notorious. When many clients earn an average of $20-40 per hour, it can seem unfair that your lawyers charge you hundreds of dollars per hour. 
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When the Solicitor-Barrister relationship turns sour

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This blog post has now been published at the website of Sterling Law. It can be found here.

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