In a landmark decision, the Federal Court has ruled the Liberal Party’s Ledbetter Lawyers’ Practice Limited was engaged in a pattern of “fraudulent and dishonest conduct” that breached the Competition and Consumer Act.
The Federal Court ruled the practice was engaged “in a pattern” of “misleading and deceptive conduct”.
“It has been proven that the conduct was dishonest and dishonest in nature,” Justice George Yeung wrote in his judgment.
“It is a pattern that has been repeated in the lead-up to the 2014 federal election.”
Justice Yeung also found that the practice breached several relevant conduct provisions including the Competition Act and the Corruption of Influence Act.
In his judgment, Justice Yeung found the practice engaged in conduct that was “falsifiable” and that it engaged in “deceptive and misleading conduct”.
“In my view, the conduct of the Practice Limited, as the practice would have it, is misleading and deceptive,” Justice Yeun said.
“The Practice Limited’s conduct is not so much the conduct that it was engaged to conduct, but rather the conduct it engaged to engage in.”
Justice Justice Yeong said the practice had engaged in an “exemplary and blatant” pattern of fraud and dishonest practices.
“I find that it engages in an exceptional pattern of conduct that is not only dishonest, but that is deceptive, misleading and misleading in nature, that is in a way misleading and deceiving in a sense,” Justice Justice Yeunk told the ABC.
“In other words, it is a case of fraudulently and dishonestly engaged conduct.”
The case against the practice arose from a complaint by a former client of the firm, who alleged he was defrauded out of thousands of dollars of his own money and into a sham account.
Mr Yeung’s decision was not the first time the Federal Courts have found that some Liberal Party legal and lobbying staff were engaged in criminal conduct.
In 2016, Justice Neil MacKinnon found the party’s chief legal officer and a former chief of staff engaged in corruption in relation to a deal to provide legal services to the party.
Justice MacKampons decision was a landmark ruling that found the Liberal government’s relationship with the party and its legal adviser, James Packer, was “of a criminal nature”.
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