Yirrkala people sue Channel Seven over Sunset segment – 05/04/2019
Residents of Yirrkala Aboriginal community have sued Channel Seven for defamation after a controversial Sunrise segment. The program illustrated a story about abuse on Aboriginal children while showing alleged footage of Yirrkala residents. Despite a blurring filter used by the program, adults and children were still able to be seen and identified. Our law firm is representing the residents of the Yirrkala community.
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Children not returned by parents in custody disputes to be treated as missing, coroner says – 27/03/2019
A coronial inquest into the deaths of Greg Hutchings, and his 4-year-old daughter, Eeva Dorendahl, has recommended police treat children as missing persons if they are not returned by parents involved in custody disputes. Peter O’Brien represented Eeva’s mother, Ms Michelle Dorendahl, at the inquest and said Mr Hutchings had always been suspected of causing the deaths.
Former Seven reporter Josh Massoud launches defamation action – 07/03/2019
Sports journalist Josh Massoud has taken legal action against more than half a dozen media outlets over the coverage of his departure from the Seven Network. Stewart O’Connell is representing Massoud, who said there was a significant difference between what the parties involved agreed occurred and what certain sections of the media actually reported.
Fee structure works as an incentive to delay a case – 13/02/2019
Private lawyers who are funded by Legal Aid NSW were unfairly criticised last week after research from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) was released. Peter O’Brien said a lot of private lawyers do very high-quality work for legal aid clients at what is a fraction of commercial rates.
Police pursue ‘active’ leads’ into William Tyrrell’s disappearance – 21/12/2018
William Tyrrell disappeared more than 4 years ago without a trace, but the Coroner’s Court heard there is a chance he’s still alive.
‘Cult leader’ ordered to pay blogger’s legal costs – 07/12/2018
Principal Solicitor Peter O’Brien interviewed on Channel 7 news- 07/11/2018
Peter O’Brien speaking at an SBS Forum on Juvenile Justice.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Newcastle Anglican diocese- 23/11/2016
Peter O’Brien questions former Newcastle dean Graeme Lawrence during the Royal Commission.
O’Brien puts it to Lawrence that others have said he was a paedophile.
“I totally reject that,” Lawrence says.
He denies being questioned in 1997 about allegations against him and has denied the evidence of others that he was the person at the end of a child sexual abuse hotline run by the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.
“I was not handling a hotline,” Lawrence said.
O’Brien: “You were the fox in charge of the hen house.”
“You were protecting priests from allegations of child sexual abuse.”
“I did not.”
Asked whether he had “any inclination” to either a priest or a complainant” in any matter, Lawrence said: “I don’t recall any approaches.”
Read the full blog from Day 15 of the Royal Commission in the Newcastle Herald here.
Solicitor Stewart O’ Connell featuring in the Serge Benhayon Defamation case- 23/10/2018
Self-styled healer Serge Benhayon leads ‘socially harmful cult’: jury
Aboriginal boy sues Alice Springs newspaper for defamation
Bail granted for client
Dylan Voller & Jake Roper’s Civil claim against NT government
Interview with Dylan Voller
Northern Territory Royal Commission
Abuse of young people at Don Dale
Peter O’Brien’s cross-examination of Cardinal George Pell during the Abuse Royal Commission
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