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Former high-profile criminal lawyer committed for trial

A former high-profile Brisbane-based criminal lawyer has been ordered to stand trial on a swag of serious charges including money laundering and defrauding Legal Aid Queensland.

Adam Raydon Magill, who was a long-serving police officer and Brisbane detective before becoming a solicitor in September 2007, was committed in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday to stand trial in the District Court on five charges, including aggravated fraud, fraudulent falsification of records and aggravated money laundering.

Magill’s alleged offending was made public when investigators from Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission raided his firm – the now defunct Lawler Magill – as part of its Operation Stockade in October 2018.

A date for the trial has yet to be listed.

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.

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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