find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Corporate Lawyer (3-5 years PQE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· National firm acting for domestic and multinational clients
View details
Lawyer – CTP Insurance (2-3 years)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Well-regarded team offering mentoring and career development
View details
ICAC offers to pay Cunneen's costs in High Court battle

ICAC offers to pay Cunneen's costs in High Court battle

Margaret Cunneen

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has offered to pay Margaret Cunneen SC's legal costs as the corruption watchdog and state prosecutor prepare to face off in the High Court.

In a formal submission, ICAC has requested that the High Court overturn a ruling by the NSW Court of Appeal, which found that it was not within the commission's jurisdiction to investigate allegations that Cunneen (pictured) perverted the course of justice.

ICAC has also offered to foot Cunneen's legal bill.

It is unclear why ICAC has made the offer, but the submission suggests that it wants to shift the public's focus to the point of law in question and away from the adversarial court battle, reported The Australian.

ICAC claimed in its submission that the Court of Appeal decision, which saw Chief Justice Tom Bathurst dissenting on the three-judge bench, could threaten future inquiries.

Two other investigations, including the high-profile corruption inquiry into NSW political donations, have already been delayed as a result of the ruling, ICAC claimed.

The watchdog also warned that upholding the Court of Appeal's finding on the meaning of "corrupt conduct" under the ICAC Act could potentially impact three other investigations, one court case and 26 previous judgments.

"There is now uncertainty as to whether the commission has the power to investigate all the ... allegations regarding conduct which could have negatively affected the exercise of public functions by public officials," stated the submission.

Cunneen has been accused of perverting the course of justice by allegedly counselling her son's girlfriend, Sophia Tilley, to pretend to have chest pains to avoid being breath-tested after being involved in a car accident last year.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

ICAC offers to pay Cunneen's costs in High Court battle
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Warning
Aug 23 2017
NT Law Society sounds alarm on mandatory sentencing
The Law Society Northern Territory has issued a warning over mandatory sentencing, saying it hasn’...
Unite
Aug 22 2017
Professionals unite in support of marriage equality
The presidents of representative bodies for solicitors, barristers and doctors in NSW have come toge...
Aug 21 2017
Is your firm on the right track for gig economy gains?
Promoted by Crowd & Co. The way we do business, where we work, how we engage with workers, ev...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...