Royal Commission into Australia’s Aged Care Sector

If you have a loved-one living in an aged-care facility, keep your eyes out for the upcoming Royal Commission into Australia’s Aged Care Sector that has been announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Investigations reveal a trend of abuse Elderly people living in aged care are extremely vulnerable because they are heavily reliant on aged-care Read more about Royal Commission into Australia’s Aged Care Sector[…]

Criminal Charges Arising out of the Banking Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has revealed that financial institutions have engaged in misconduct and conduct falling below acceptable community standards. The majority of the banking representatives who have appeared before the Royal Commission have admitted to instances where their company has breached  legal and moral obligations but Read more about Criminal Charges Arising out of the Banking Royal Commission[…]

Banking Royal Commission – Insurance

Many Australians take out insurance expecting to be protected in unforeseen circumstances, whether it is to do with their health, travel, car or life situations. The unfortunate reality is that there are many instances of consumers falling victim to the misconduct of insurance providers. The Banking Royal Commission’s Round 6 hearings will focus on issues related to Read more about Banking Royal Commission – Insurance[…]

New Banking Code of Practice

The Australian banking industry have been under public scrutiny for the last few months after the Banking Royal Commission revealed systemic misconduct within the industry. In an attempt to restore community trust in the banking sector, the Australian Banking Association have devised a new Banking Code of Practice. The corporate regulator ASIC have approved this new Read more about New Banking Code of Practice[…]

Banking Royal Commission – Issues Facing Remote Communities

The Banking Royal Commission Round 4 hearings will focus on issues affecting Australians who live in remote and regional communities. The hearings will be heard in two locations: Brisbane: Monday 25 June – Friday 29 June 2018 Darwin: Monday 2 July – Friday 6 July 2018 The hearing will focus on issues relating to: Farming Read more about Banking Royal Commission – Issues Facing Remote Communities[…]

Third Round of Banking Royal Commission Hearings to Focus on Lending to Small and Medium Businesses

Widespread misconduct in Banking Industry The Banking Royal Commission has so far revealed widespread misconduct in relation to consumer lending and financial advice provided by financial institutions. We expect that this trend will follow onto the third round of public hearings which will commence on 21 May 2018. This round will cover important issues in relation to the conduct Read more about Third Round of Banking Royal Commission Hearings to Focus on Lending to Small and Medium Businesses[…]

First Round of Banking Royal Commission Reveals Systemic Issues in the Banking Industry

Customers are falling victim to the misconduct of banks with evidence being presented at the Banking Royal Commission (BRC) of fraudulent conduct, approval of inappropriate loans and excessive interest rates. The first round of public hearings have finished with the big four banks (NAB, Westpac, ANZ and CBA) being scrutinised by the Commission over its inappropriate Read more about First Round of Banking Royal Commission Reveals Systemic Issues in the Banking Industry[…]

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[…]

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors: Year in Review

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors has had a remarkable year in 2017. We are proud of the wide range of successes that we’ve had this year that span from our involvement in Royal Commissions to our successful outcomes for clients in both criminal and civil cases and our pro bono work. A year filled with Read more about O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors: Year in Review[…]

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held its final sitting today. The five year inquiry has concluded with the final report to be presented to the Governor-General tomorrow. O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors, led by Peter O’Brien, has been heavily involved in this Commission having represented key individuals involved in the case Read more about Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse[…]