Suing Transport Officers in NSW: Assault & Unlawful Arrest

It is likely that you have experienced a transport officer asking to check your Opal Card or concession card. This is routine and transport officers have the lawful power to do so. There are, however, instances where a transport officer may behave in an excessive manner that goes beyond their lawful powers. If this happens Read more about Suing Transport Officers in NSW: Assault & Unlawful Arrest[…]

Cases where Clients have Successfully Sued the Police

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors are experts in assisting clients sue the police for false arrest, unlawful imprisonment and malicious prosecution.  We are the leaders in this area of law which is evident by the long list of cases where we have helped clients take civil action against the police or other authorities. Read about our recent Read more about Cases where Clients have Successfully Sued the Police[…]

Former Liberal MP wins Defamation Case against Local Newspaper

Local newspaper published article against former Liberal MP In 2016 a local newspaper Benalla Ensign published an article alleging that former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella had “pushed” her political opponent, MP Cathy McGowan, out of a photo opportunity with MP Ken Wyatt at a nursing home. Mrs Mirabella approached the newspaper, Ms McGowan and Mr Read more about Former Liberal MP wins Defamation Case against Local Newspaper[…]

ICAC Investigates Allegations of Blackmail inside former Canterbury Council

Allegations of corrupt conduct by public officials are extremely serious given that the public places trust in public sector employees to perform their obligations appropriately and in the interest of the public. ICAC is conducting an inquiry into blackmail allegations The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is a body that investigates any allegations of corruption Read more about ICAC Investigates Allegations of Blackmail inside former Canterbury Council[…]

U.S. radio host sued for defamatory statements made regarding 2012 school shooting

The parents of two children killed in a Connecticut school shooting in 2012 have filed defamation lawsuits against Alex Jones, the radio host of InfoWars, for allegedly making false statements about the incident. It has been alleged that Mr Jones made statements that the shooting, where 20 children and six adults died, was a “hoax” Read more about U.S. radio host sued for defamatory statements made regarding 2012 school shooting[…]

Police Brutality at the Mardi Gras

With Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras coming up we warn attendees to be mindful of police activities. Police brutality is unfortunately a common occurrence at large scale and busy events such as the Mardi Gras. The Mardi Gras in 2013 was particularly prone to police using excessive force against attendees. There was a substantial amount of claims made Read more about Police Brutality at the Mardi Gras[…]

The Risks of Medical Tourism

Globalisation has resulted in a rapidly growing medical tourism industry. Medical tourism is the term used to describe instances where individuals travel overseas to undertake medical procedures. This has been an increasing trend with estimates that around 15,000 Australians travel overseas each year for cosmetic and dental surgery. However, recent incidents have raised concerns over the risks involved with medical tourism. It Read more about The Risks of Medical Tourism[…]

Australia Criticised for ‘Serious Shortcomings’ in Human Rights Record

The latest Human Rights Watch report released yesterday provides extensive criticism of Australia’s Human Rights records. O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors agrees with many of the findings having represented clients whose human rights have been neglected by institutions. The HRW report has identified some crucial areas as follows. Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Australia Read more about Australia Criticised for ‘Serious Shortcomings’ in Human Rights Record[…]

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Recent social movements, such as #metoo, have brought to the forefront the prevalence of systematic sexual harassment. At O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors we recognise that sexual harassment is an unfortunate reality for most women. Nearly half of all women have been sexually harassed and a quarter of women have experienced sexual harassment in the Read more about Sexual Harassment in the Workplace[…]