Firm linked to Adam Magill slammed over alleged border hopping case
Firm linked to Adam Magill slammed over alleged border hopping case

Firm linked to Adam Magill slammed over border case

A law firm linked to besieged solicitor Adam Magill has copped a serve from a Gold Coast magistrate over delays in the case of three accused border hoppers.

The case against the Logan trio, who were busted allegedly trying to dodge border restrictions in August after police accused them of travelling from COVID hotspot Melbourne, was adjourned for a third time on Monday.

But not before a clearly annoyed Coolangatta magistrate Kerry Magee gave Brisbane firm ARM Lawyers a broadside for the matter's slow progress.

Tithing Keresoma Faagase, 29, Samuel Tumua Fenunuti, 25, and Ernest Tumanu Lotomau, 23, first faced Coolangatta Magistrates Court in September charged with failing to comply with a COVID-19 border direction, and had their case adjourned until last month.

 

Tithing Keresoma Faagase was among three accused of border hopping. Picture: Jerad Williams
Tithing Keresoma Faagase was among three accused of border hopping. Picture: Jerad Williams

 

A second adjournment was granted but Ms Magee expressed her frustration then, saying 'nothing's happened' since the first adjournment.

ARM sent a town agent solicitor to Coolangatta Magistrates Court on Monday to seek another adjournment, again raising the ire of Ms Magee.

Solicitor Brad Cavanagh told the court that police had rejected a submission from the defence and another two weeks was needed.

 

Samuel Tumua Fenunuti was also charged. Picture: Jerad Williams
Samuel Tumua Fenunuti was also charged. Picture: Jerad Williams

 

Ms Magee said three weeks had passed since police rejected the submission and demanded to know why there had been no action.

Mr Cavanagh responded that the solicitor who had been handling the case had since left the firm.

Ms Magee said she would give ARM one more week 'and a plea will be required'.

"If they sat on their hands for three weeks, they get a week," she said, before adjourning the case until next Monday.

The Courier-Mail revealed last month that ARM Lawyers was linked to Mr Magill, who was barred from practising law after being hit with criminal charges.

 

Adam Magill. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jono Searle
Adam Magill. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jono Searle

 

Mr Magill has been employed as "client referrer" and "business development manager" by Adelphus Law, a full-service Brisbane law firm where he held a directorship for a one-month stint between September and October 2019.

Adelphus Law director Alex Moriarty said the new criminal law branch was named ARM Lawyers to differentiate it from the company's commercial business.

"Mr Magill remains a prominent identity still called regularly by people from every segment of society needing assistance interacting with our justice system," Mr Moriarty told The Courier-Mail.

"While no longer a practising lawyer, he is committed to upholding our core values of client satisfaction and ethical practice, personally committed to clearing and restoring his reputation."

When contacted about his new job last month, Mr Magill denied speculation that the firm's name ARM had been created under the initials of his name Adam Raydon Magill, saying he had nothing to do with legal aspects of the business.

"I don't think I'd be involving myself with law, particularly criminal law any more. No thanks," he said.

Mr Magill is facing criminal charges, including money laundering, fraud on Legal Aid Queensland, fraud on law firm Lawler Magill and falsifying a fee memorandum.

He is yet to face a hearing on the criminal charges, resulting from an 18-month Crime and Corruption Commission investigation. He has denied the allegations and will defend the charges.

Earlier this year, a tribunal agreed with the QLS's December decision that Magill was not a fit and proper person to hold a practising certificate and it should be cancelled.

 

 

 

Originally published as Firm linked to Adam Magill slammed over border case


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