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Committal hearing for former criminal lawyer facing serious criminal charges listed to start in July

A former Brisbane-based criminal lawyer is scheduled to face the court answering serious criminal charges including money laundering on 14 July 2021 – a year after he lost an application to have his licence to practice law reinstated.

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General’s office yesterday told QLS Proctor Adam Rydon Magill, 49, was listed to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for the commencement of committal proceedings on a myriad of charges.

The hearing will determine whether if there is sufficient evidence, or a prima facie case, to commit Magill for trial in Queensland’s District Court.

Magill, who was a long-serving police officer and high-profile Brisbane detective before becoming a solicitor in September 2007, is facing charges of aggravated fraud, fraudulent falsification of records and aggravated money laundering after an 18-month Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into his law firm.

Magill was fined $9600 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court in mid-2019 after pleading guilty to five counts of breaching bail conditions, including being filmed on CCTV at a Fortitude Valley bar with an accused co-offender, a former client and accused serious drug trafficker Lam Quoc Ta.

In February last year (2020), Magill failed in an appeal to the Brisbane District Court to have two of the convictions recorded against him removed.

Proctor understands Magill’s committal hearing had been scheduled for earlier this year, but has since been re-listed for July.

On 8 July last year, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal President Justice Martin Daubney AM dismissed an application by Magill for a review of a decision by Queensland Law Society to cancel his practising certificate (PC) on 18 November 2019.

Justice Daubney, in a written 23-page decision, said: “This Tribunal’s conclusion is that (Mr Magill) is not presently a fit and proper person to hold a (PC).”

“Therefore…this Tribunal finds that the correct and preferable decision is that (Mr Magill’s) practising certificate be cancelled.”

“Accordingly, the application of review will be dismissed.”

Justice Daubney’s decision came almost seven-months after Magill failed in his application to QCAT for a stay of QLS’s decision to suspend his PC.

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