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Commonwealth Bank’s financial advisers have charged dead clients for financial advice

Commonwealth Bank’s financial advisers have charged dead clients for financial advice

Commonwealth Bank’s financial advisers have charged dead clients for financial advice – in one case for more than a decade – according to shocking evidence heard at the banking royal commission. The commission was given evidence from a 2015 document for CBA’s Count Financial business that showed multiple examples of financial advisers charging ongoing service fees to clients who had died. One adviser knew that a client had died in 2004 but continued to charge adviser service fees that kept being charged for a...

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Why do wealthy people shoplift? An insider interview…

Why do wealthy people shoplift? An insider interview…

Why do wealthy people shoplift?Yesterday, a client told me she stole an $8 jar of olives from Whole Foods and we discussed it. It’s not that she can’t afford it. She’s an heiress. It’s not that she’s selfish. She says she gives generously to charity. She claims to usually be ethical and stresses that with her children. So why did she steal it? indeed she admitted that she shoplifts whenever she feels there’s little risk of getting caught. Here are paraphrases of her reasons and, when I asked for a...

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Early guilty pleas reform – Justice NSW

Early guilty pleas reform – Justice NSW

Summary of reform Encouraging earlier guilty pleas will deliver swifter, more certain justice by reducing stress for victims and court delays. Key changes Early disclosure of evidence by the NSW Police Force. Senior prosecutors will review evidence and confirm the charges that will proceed as early as possible Mandatory criminal case conferencing between senior prosecutors and the defence. Flexible and efficient case management. Smarter, stricter sentence discounts for guilty pleas. Together, these changes will...

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Domestic violence in the household

Domestic violence in the household

By Yavin Kumar @ Sydney Criminal Defence lawyersDomestic violence can happen to anyone in any household, and can also occur in many forms and circumstances. In most cases, domestic violence results from an abuse of power or control from one person over another, which can result in horrific patterns involving violence, ongoing abuse, and intimidation which causes the victim to fear for their safety and wellbeing. Domestic violence does not necessarily have to involve physical abuse – in many instances,...

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Diagnosed depression linked to violent crime

Diagnosed depression linked to violent crime

Diagnosed depression linked to violent crime, says Oxford University study Researchers find that while vast majority of patients are not violent, doctors’ focus tends to be on self-harm or suicide rather than violence In the study, 3.7% of men and 0.5% of women committed a violent crime after being identified as clinically depressed, compared withSydney Criminal Defence Lawyers We have experts in all areas of the Criminal Law, ensuring that each of our clients receives the most comprehensive legal advice. Our...

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Early guilty pleas reform – Justice NSW

Understanding Psychopathic Criminals

Psychopathy is highly correlated with criminal behavior and violence. In Psychopathy: An Important Forensic Concept for the 21st Century, the powerful connection between psychopathy and crime was well articulated Dr. Paul Babiak and his colleagues. The seminal 2012 FBI report states that 15-20 percent of the two million+ prisoners in the U.S., which are 90 percent male, are psychopaths (1). This is not surprising. Egocentrism and the need for power and control of a psychopath are the perfect character traits for...

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“Freeze, it’s the Police…Or Is It?”

“Freeze, it’s the Police…Or Is It?”

By Yavin Kumar @ Sydney Criminal Defence LawyersIn many situations including traffic accidents, cases of domestic violence and assault, search and rescue missions of missing persons, and murders, amongst other emergencies that may affect or concern the overall wellbeing of the community, it is quite often the case that the State Police Force are the first point of contact, as well as the first responders to the scene of an emergency. Many Australians hold great trust and respect for police officers and are...

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Sexual abuse on prisoners with mental health

Sexual abuse on prisoners with mental health

Prisoners with disabilities routinely face sexual, physical abuse: Human Rights Watch By the Specialist Reporting Team’s Naomi Selvaratnam and social affairs correspondent Norman Hermant abc news PHOTO: Human Rights Watch found people with disabilities make up almost 50 per cent of the prison population in Australia. (Supplied: Human Rights Watch) Pete’s first stint in youth detention left a deep and lasting impression on him. At 14, he said he was sexually abused and beaten by fellow inmates at a juvenile...

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Margaret Archer sentenced

Margaret Archer sentenced

Margaret Archer to spend at least four years in prison for murder cover-up A South Australian woman who covered-up the murder of her son’s partner has been jailed for more than six years. Margaret Archer pleaded guilty to assisting her son Neil Archer when he murdered his fiancée in August 2015. Mr Archer strangled Jody Meyers with a cord from his hooded jumper following an argument after a family gathering in their home town of Mannum, east of Adelaide. Archer pleaded guilty to assisting her killer son. (9NEWS)...

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Identity Fraud – Everything you need to know

Identity Fraud – Everything you need to know

What is identity crime? Identity crime is a critical threat to the Australian community. This crime type generates significant profits for offenders and causes considerable financial losses to the Australian Government, private industry and individuals. A set of standard definitions were developed by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre’s Proof of Identity Steering Committee for use by law enforcement throughout Australia (ACPR 2006:15): The term identity encompasses the identity of natural...

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Supplier of Firearm Used to Murder Police Accountant Curtis Cheng Sentenced to 44 Years Behind Bars

Supplier of Firearm Used to Murder Police Accountant Curtis Cheng Sentenced to 44 Years Behind Bars

By Yavin Kumar @ Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers Last week, a young Sydney man who supplied the dangerous weapon that was used to carry out the random homicide of Police Accountant Curtis Cheng was sentenced to a term of 44 years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 33 years. 20 year old Raban Alou pleaded guilty to aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring Farhad Jabar, 15, to commit a terrorist attack at New South Wales Police Headquarters, which led to the fatal execution of Police Accountant Curtis...

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Why are Australian prisoners converting to Islam?

Why are Australian prisoners converting to Islam?

There’s a lot of repenting’: why Australian prisoners are converting to Islam Prisons Experts say prison conversions can be a positive force, giving inmates hope, structure and a pathway to rehabilitation. It’s when harsh conditions and segregation are introduced that radicalisation becomes a danger  Academics, imams and prison workers say conversions to Islam are now Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers We have experts in all areas of the Criminal Law, ensuring that each of our clients receives the most comprehensive...

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