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
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Real Estate & Projects Lawyer (6+ years PAE)
Category: Property Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Top tier firm with offices nationally · High profile clients
View details
Former NT Bar president seeks to join Stella Maris appeal

Former NT Bar president seeks to join Stella Maris appeal

Lady Justice

Former NT Bar Association president Alistair Wyvill SC has sought leave to join an appeal relating to the Stella Maris inquiry.

Mr Wyvill resigned as president of the NT Bar Association last year after a court examining the inquiry found he had encouraged his client to make a false statement. This decision is now facing a fresh appeal.

The matter stems back to 2014, when an enquiry lead by commissioner John Lawler found former NT Labor leader Delia Lawrie’s offer of a 10-year rent-free lease of the Stella Maris heritage site in Darwin to Unions NT was not in the public interest.

Ms Lawrie launched an appeal arguing that she was denied procedural fairness in the case because she was not given advance notice of the commissioner's findings.

On 1 April 2015, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Southwood ruled against Ms Lawrie and ordered her to pay nearly $215,000 in court costs for her failed appeal.

In his decision, Justice Southwood found Ms Lawrie deliberately tried not to participate in the inquiry, and her lawyer, Mr Wyvill SC, had recommended she make a false statement to the Lawler inquiry.

Following Justice Southwood's decision, Mr Wyvill resigned from his position as the NT Bar Association president.

Ms Lawrie has since launched a second appeal into Justice Southwood's 2015 decision, and this week Mr Wyvill SC indicated that he plans to join her appeal, according to the ABC.

Proceedings began earlier this week at the Northern Territory Court of Appeal, with Justices John Doyle and Kevin Duggan from South Australia, and Justice Eric Heenan from Western Australia brought in due to local judges being ruled as too conflicted.

Justice Doyle told the court it was dealing with an application by Mr Wyvill to join Ms Lawrie's appeal.

"It will be decided on a distinction between the merits of arguments he wants to put to that appeal," Justice Doyle said.

Walter Sofronoff QC, who is acting as Mr Wyvill's counsel, told the court he was questioning what evidence there was to make the finding that Mr Wyvill was acting dishonestly and therefore whether he should be able to join Ms Lawrie’s appeal.

"It's all very well to say it was a deliberate and deceptive strategy not to engage, but where was the reliance by the commissioner, where was he duped, where was he misled?" Mr Sofronoff said in court.

"There's no evidence about it, no plea about it, so it doesn't go anywhere."

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

Former NT Bar president seeks to join Stella Maris appeal
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Unite
07:04
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...
Scales of Justice, Victorian County Court, retiring judges
Aug 21 2017
Replacements named for retired Vic judges
Two new judicial officers have been appointed in the Victorian County Court, following the retire...
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 & ...