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‘Arrogant’ barristers in Banksia class action struck off roll, face criminal probe
Legal Ethics 2021-10-11 5:00 pm By Christine Caulfield

Lawyers running the scandal-ridden Banksia class action have been struck from the roll of practitioners, will face criminal investigation and must pay group members $11.7 […]

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Day of reckoning arrives for Banksia class action lawyers
Feature 2021-10-08 10:50 pm By Christine Caulfield

It has been described as the darkest chapter in Victoria’s legal history, an exemplar of all that is terrible with class actions in Australia. A […]

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ASIC seeks ‘very substantial’ $12M penalty against Mayfair
Financial Services 2021-09-29 3:09 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission says beleaguered investment group Mayfair 101 should pay a $12 million penalty after a judge found the company misled […]

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Mayfair 101’s James Mawhinney says lawyers OK’d alleged misleading conduct
Financial Services 2021-09-29 9:44 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The founder of embattled investment group Mayfair 101, James Mawhinney, has said he received legal advice on the company’s advertising of financial products that a […]

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Banksia silk’s refusal to give evidence while seeking to reopen defence ‘inexcusable’, judge says
Class Actions 2021-03-24 4:56 pm By Christine Caulfield

Allowing former senior barrister Norman O’Bryan to reopen his defence in the Banksia class action while “avoiding the witness box” was clearly prejudicial, and futile […]

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Banksia silk Norman O’Bryan signals possible appeal after failure to reopen defence
Legal Ethics 2021-03-18 10:29 pm By Christine Caulfield

Once high-flying barrister Norman O’Bryan might seek to challenge a refusal by the judge overseeing the Banksia class action to revisit his abandoned defence and […]

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Funder of scandal-ridden Banksia class action expresses ‘remorse and regret’
Legal Ethics 2021-03-17 10:44 pm By Christine Caulfield

The litigation funding company controlled by the late solicitor Mark Elliott has told a court of its “remorse and regret” for its misconduct in the […]

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Banksia class action funder’s son should not be punished for the sins of his father, judge told
Class Actions 2021-03-16 10:29 pm By Christine Caulfield

The son of Banksia class action funder Mark Elliott was no Michael Corleone of the Godfather, and was not knowingly complicit in an alleged scheme […]

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Silk Norman O’Bryan loses bid to reopen his defence in Banksia class action
Class Actions 2021-03-16 11:26 am By Christine Caulfield

Barrister Norman O’Bryan SC has failed in his last-ditch bid to reopen his defence in the Banksia class action to submit evidence he says shows […]

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Lawyers, funder in Banksia misconduct case could face $10M hit
Class Actions 2021-03-15 11:02 pm By Christine Caulfield

The judge overseeing the trial alleging fraud on the part of barristers and the funder behind a class action over Banksia Securities will be asked […]

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