Australia

Feb 21, 2013

Lawyers with stars in their eyes are blurring the lines

The shadowy figure that used to stand behind a client in court is slowly coming forward, garnering media attention and blurring the line between legal advocate and spin doctor.

Kate Gibbs

Freelance reporter specialising in legal affairs

“The pursuit of personal celebrity can affect lawyers just as it does everyone else. It’s very tempting to see your face in the evening news,” Michael Bradley, managing partner of Marque Lawyers said. “But it is quite a dangerous thing to do.”

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  1. Gavin Moodie

    Defence solicitors can stop defending their clients in the media when the police, prosecuting authorities and investigatory bodies stop smearing their clients in the media.

    The police tipped off Channel 7 to Craig Thomson’s arrest and the Australian Crime Commission held a press conference to slur athletes, sports and their coaches with allegations which are so far unsubstantiated. Both were outrageous uses of the media to prejudice the community against people who would otherwise have a presumption of innocence.

  2. zut alors

    There should be only one celebrity lawyer/barrister: Cleaver Greene.

  3. shepherdmarilyn

    It’s a good thing McCardle did speak out, it”s a good thing that Stephen Keim as a barrister gave the transcripts of Dr Haneef’s interview to the media.

    It’s a good thing pro bono lawyers and barristers speak out loudly about the perfidy and illegal behaviour of the DIAC cowards and crazed government who cannot seem to stop locking up innocent people.

    It’s not good when people like Harmer make unfounded accusations in public to destroy a reputation.

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