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'Lawyer X' Nicola Gobbo stripped of her legal licence

por Hubert Darnell (2020-12-30)

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Disgraced gangland barrister Nicola Gobbo has been stripped of her legal licence after a judge said there was no chance she should practice again.

The double-dealing lawyer was ordered to be removed from Victoria's legal roll last week, but reasons justifying Supreme Court Justice Jacinta Forbes' decision were released on Wednesday. 

Ms Gobbo agreed to the order to remove her name, and the facts she admitted to provided a 'stark illustration of the duplicitous nature of [her] conduct', the judge found.

The disgraced lawyer agreed she continued to represent six gangland clients while registered as a Victoria Police informer between 1995 and 2009.

Disgraced gangland barrister Nicola Gobbo has been stripped of her legal licence after a judge said there is no chance she will rehabilitate enough to practice again

It was agreed that Ms Gobbo had continued to represent six gangland clients such as Tony Mokbel (pictured) while registered as a Victoria Police informer between 1995 and 2009

Among them were drug kingpin Tony Mokbel and his brother Milad, as well as two other former clients who cannot be named.

'The descriptions of the conduct...

are fundamental and appalling breaches of her obligations to those clients,' the inquiry found.

'The conduct demonstrated partiality and so lacked honesty.'

Justice Forbes said Ms Gobbo acted without the ability to maintain the loyalty and confidentiality the lawyer-client relationship demanded above all other interests.

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Repeated breaches were incapable of being overcome and Ms Gobbo's position was not capable of being overcome, she said.

'There can be no question that by her conduct Ms Gobbo is not a fit and proper person,' she said.

Ms Gobbo was a registered informer three times on and off between 1996 and 2009, ratting out clients like drug kingpin Tony Mokbel and underworld killer Carl Williams. 

Jailed underworld figure Mokbel is one of nearly a dozen people appealing convictions they claim were tainted by Ms Gobbo's informing.

He spent 15 months on the run after fleeing his 2006 drug trial, in which more than 15 million pills hidden in tomato cans from Italy.

The double-dealing lawyer was ordered to be removed from Victoria's legal roll last week

Evidence suggests both federal and state prosecution agencies knew Ms Gobbo was working as an informer during the trafficking case.

Zlate Cvetanovski is freed on bail while he awaits his appeal, after spending almost a decade in jail, and Faruk Orman had his murder conviction quashed by Victoria's Court of Appeal last year.

Victoria Police sensationally apologised for the gangland barrister's involvement as a police informant, and said steps had been taken to ensure it could 'never happen again'.

'It was an indefensible interference in the lawyer/client relationship, a relationship that is essential to the proper functioning of the criminal justice system and to the rule of law,' a police spokeswoman said.

'Our failure at that time to ensure that these circumstances were identified and disclosed was also a significant and missed opportunity to right a wrong.'

Among them were drug kingpin Tony Mokbel (pictured) and his brother Milad, as well as two other former clients who cannot be named

'We have taken steps to make sure that what happened with Ms Gobbo can never happen again.'

Ms Gobbo, who was earning up to $300,000 a year as a barrister and once owned a lucrative carwash business, received a $2. If you cherished this report and you would like to receive more facts regarding ensuring that your former spouse or partner respects your legal rights can be a challenge. kindly check out our own website. 88 million compensation payment from Victoria Police to settle a lawsuit in 2010 over her alleged mistreatment by the force. 

She is also the owner of five residential and commercial properties in Victoria.

Up until her public exposure, Ms Gobbo was known to show no outward signs of fear and was often seen getting about her home town just outside of Melbourne's CBD.

So brazen was the lawyer that she still appeared on social media right up until late 2018. 

Media reports earlier this year claim Ms Gobbo was reportedly planning to sue the government again for millions dollars in compensation.

Faruk Orman, who was jailed for the 2002 murder of underworld figure Victor Peirce, walked free from jail last year after his conviction was quashed in the wake of the Lawyer X scandal.

Ms Gobbo was a registered informer three times on and off between 1996 and 2009, ratting on clients including drug kingpin Tony Mokbel and underworld killer Carl Williams

Last December, Ms Gobbo told ABC's 7.30 program from a secret international location that she felt 'stranded' and was living in fear.

'We are effectively stateless because we have been left in a foreign country in which we have no rights, because obviously, we're foreigners.

And we can't obtain residency,' she said then.

'We have been gone from our home for… almost 12 months to the day. We… were not given any opportunity to explain anything to anybody, or particularly in terms of the children, have any form of closure.

'It remains their belief that they were chased out of their home by police that are trying to take their mummy away, and that, to any parent, is beyond devastating.'

She said she believed the police would either kill her or lead her to a position where she could be killed.

She further said police had the 'ability to burn me, cut me off and not protect me'.

Ms Gobbo claimed that police had warned her if she returned to Australia, they would have child protection authorities remove her children from her custody for their safety.

She had not held a practising certificate since 2014.



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