Hanna Legal In The News

2024

Bail granted for client allegedly growing weed in own home

In April 2024, our client was arrested by NSW police and charged with possess unauthorized pistol, contrary to section 7(1) of the Firearms Act 1996 and cultivate by enhanced indoor means prohibited plant for commercial purpose, contrary to section 23(1A) of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act...

April 16, 2024

One punch killer granted parole

In 2012, our client king hit a young man, resulting in his head hitting the pavement and the man passing away. Our client pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to a lengthy prison term. In 2023, after serving 11 years in jail, our client was eligible...

April 4, 2024

All charges dropped 2 weeks before trial in Western Australia

In September 2020 our client’s restaurant was broken into and set on fire, resulting in extensive damage.  Our client then lodged an insurance claim of $600,000 to repair the restaurant after the fire. In 2021, after a lengthy investigation, The Western Australian Police Force arrested our client....

March 12, 2024

2023

Client released from prison whilst facing serious drug charges

On 19 September 2022, our client was charged several serious drug supply offences. He was held in custody and refused bail. The police alleged that our client was a leader of a criminal group and had supplied cocaine on several occasions. They also alleged that our client...

December 6, 2023

Man who faked his own kidnapping receives community corrections order

On new years eve, 31 December 2022, our client told his partner that he was “going to meet his finance guy” at Dapto. The same night, his partner received two messages on her phone, from our client’s mobile. The messages read, “Lisa, it’s Ghia thank you for...

September 27, 2023

Client charged with possessing $1,000,000 allegedly relating to drug importation released on bail

On 29 August 2023, our client was charged with two offences of knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime and recklessly dealing with proceeds of crime. The offences related to the alleged possession of $1,000,000 in cash. Last week Hanna Legal appeared in the Local Court of NSW...

September 22, 2023

Client charged with 25 drug supply offences released on bail

On 25 May 2023, our client was charged with 25 offences involving drug supply, including the supply of a commercial quantity of cocaine. He was refused bail and held in custody. On 8 September 2023, Hanna Legal applied to the Supreme Court of NSW for the release...

September 15, 2023

Coffs Harbour man faces Court for sentencing on drug supply offences

On 28 July 2022, our client was charged with offences including knowingly take part in cultivating a large commercial quantity of a prohibited plant, namely cannabis plants. The offence of cultivating cannabis had a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment. Our client instructed Hanna Legal and we...

August 10, 2023

Bail granted for doctor accused of taking unsolicited intimate images

On 14 June 2023, our client was arrested and charged with 13 charges of intentionally recording intimate images without consent and two charges of producing child abuse material. Recording intimate images without consent is an offence contrary to section 91P of the Crimes Act 1900 and carries...

June 14, 2023

Jury finds client not guilty of conspiring to import 1.28 tonnes of cocaine into Australia

In July 2018, our client was charged with conspiracy to import and possess a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, after a 12-month long major controlled operation involving extensive electronic and physical surveillance. The operation commenced after the Australian Border Forced located and seized our client’s shipping...

May 8, 2023

‘I was trying to win’: The pokies binge that left two people and unborn twins dead

On 13 March 2023, the Sydney Morning Herald published a feature article examining the link between gambling addiction and criminal law. Our senior solicitor, Abbas Soukie, was interviewed for the article. The relevant passages from the article read as follows: The political fallout focused on organised crime....

March 13, 2023

2022

Building company fined $2000 after failing to nominate speeding driver

In February 2022 a vehicle registered to our client was captured speeding by a traffic enforcement device. Our client, a registered company, failed to nominate a driver within the allocated time frame and pleaded guilty to the offence of fail to supply details of driver- corporation –...

October 6, 2022

Property developer avoids prison for $15m loan scam

In February 2021, our client was charged with 20 counts of publishing false statement with the intention of obtaining a financial advantage, contrary to section 192G of the Crimes Act 1900. The charges related to an alleged home warranty insurance scam that aimed to defraud a bank...

September 21, 2022

Murder charge dismissed after trial

In 2018, our client was charged with the murder following what the police alleged was a “vicious attack” that caused the death of the deceased.  For more information, see: Man charged with murder after fatal assault in Lurnea park in Sydney’s south-west, ABC News, 13 August 2018. ...

September 20, 2022

Alleged drug trafficker found not guilty after Perth District Court trial

In 2020, our client was arrested and charged in Western Australia with serious drug offences, including, possess trafficable quantity of prohibited drug (methylamphetamine) with intent to sell, contrary to section 6(1)(a) Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 (WA).  This is an offence that carries a maximum penalty of...

September 9, 2022

Bail granted to man charged with murder in Miller

On 26 May 2022, our client was one of four men charged with the murder of Omar Elomar in February 2020.  For more information, see: Four men charged with Omar Elomar’s murder in 2020, ABC News, 26 May 2022. Our client unsuccessfully applied for bail in the...

September 8, 2022

Hanna Legal named First Tier Criminal Defence Law Firm

The Doyle’s Guide is the leading independent directory which showcases Australia’s best firms and lawyers each year. It is compiled based on the findings of extensive surveys conducted among the principals and partners of law firms as well as barristers who practise primarily in criminal law. On...

August 19, 2022

Man sentenced after laundering almost $6 million in Bitcoin

In February 2021, our client was arrested and charged with 27 offences, including: Our client was alleged to be the ringleader of a syndicate responsible for laundering almost $6 million of the proceeds of large-scale drug trafficking via the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.   For more information, see: $1m...

August 4, 2022

Big win for drug trafficker brother of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim

In May 2020, Michael Ibrahim, the younger brother of John Ibrahim, was sentenced at the Sydney District Court to 30 years’ jail for various offences, including, his role in a conspiracy to import more than 1.7 tonnes of MDMA, 136 kilograms of cocaine and 15 kilograms of...

August 1, 2022

Child sexual touching charge dismissed against Mona Vale man

On 14 October 2019, our client was charged with sexually touching a child under 10 years of age, contrary to section 66DA(a) of the Crimes Act 1900.  Our criminal lawyers appeared on his behalf at his release application at the Manly Local Court.  The application was successful...

July 8, 2022

How 20yo dial-a-dealer was spared a criminal conviction

In March 2022 our client was driving in Woollahra when she was pulled over by the police for failing to stop at a yellow traffic light. She was eventually searched and police located 11 bags of cocaine and $1,650 in her vehicle. Our client pleaded guilty to...

July 6, 2022

Charges withdrawn and downgraded for “Uber eats” drug dealer

In October 2020, our client was charged with 47 offences related to his involvement in an “Uber Eats” style cocaine delivery network.  His charges included: Hanna Legal engaged in extensive negotiations with the prosecution, which resulted in our client just pleading guilty to 1 count of supply...

June 23, 2022

‘Mr Bondi’ Dimitri Moskovich has all charges dropped and then successfully sues police

On 19 April 2020, our client was arrested in dramatic scenes after he allegedly failed to comply with COVID-19 restrictions in place at Bondi Beach and then resisted the arrest by two police officers. He was charged with the following offences: Hanna Legal entered pleas of not...

June 5, 2022

Buff drug importer has years shaved off sentence

In 2020, our client approached us to represent him in relation to an appeal against a sentence that he had received for attempting to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, being 200 kilograms of MDMA.  He had been sentenced in the Sydney District Court in...

June 3, 2022

2021

Hanna Legal named First Tier Criminal Defence Law Firm

The Doyle’s Guide is the leading independent directory which showcases Australia’s best firms and lawyers each year. It is compiled based on the findings of extensive surveys conducted among the principals and partners of law firms as well as barristers who practise primarily in criminal law. On...

August 4, 2021

Sydney cocaine dealer Sarah Rutherford to serve sentence in community

In 2020, our client was arrested and charged with multiple offences, including: On 14 May 2020, Hanna Legal made a release application on behalf of our client in the Supreme Court of NSW.  The application was successful and our client was released on conditional bail.  For more...

July 16, 2021

Bail granted for AN0M accused

In June 2021, our client was one of numerous persons arrested as part of Operation Ironside.  Our client was charged with the following offences: For more information, see: Full list: Latest NSW arrests in AN0M police bust, The Daily Telegraph, 21 December 2021. Hanna Legal made a...

June 1, 2021

Dalibor Bubanja granted bail after charged with assault of woman

In September 2020, our client was arrested and charged with multiple offences, including: sexual intercourse without consent, cause grievous bodily harm with intent, intentionally choke person and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.  After the service of the prosecution evidence, Hanna Legal made representations to the DPP on...

May 5, 2021

Driver spared prison sentence over fatal crash at Eastgardens

In May 2020, our client was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death after he caused a collision with a scooter rider at Eastgardens. Hanna Legal engaged in successful negotiations with the prosecution, which resulted in the downgrading of the charge to the less serious offence of negligent...

April 22, 2021

Prosecutors lose appeal in biggest white-collar crime in Australia’s history

In 2017, our client was one of several persons arrested for their role in the Plutus Payroll tax fraud and money laundering scheme.  Under the scheme, which is still the largest of its kind in Australian history, the offenders illegally obtained more than $105 million in tax...

April 9, 2021

Convicted killer Emad Sleiman escapes jail after lying to Crime Commission investigators

In July 2018, our client was arrested and charged with multiple offences, namely: The offences were committed in relation to an investigation by the NSW Crime Commission into the murder of bikie associate Kemel “Blackie” Barakat and related shootings. Hanna Legal engaged in negotiations with the prosecution,...

March 29, 2021

Non-publication orders for lawyer accused of defrauding clients

In 2021, Hanna Legal represented a lawyer facing criminal and disciplinary proceedings arising from allegations that he had defrauded various clients. We applied to the NSW Supreme Court for non-publication orders which, inter alia, prohibited the publication of information tending to reveal his identity.  Our solicitors obtained...

March 8, 2021

2020

Bail granted to Sydney piano teacher facing extra child touching charges

In January 2020, our client was charged with offences pertaining to his alleged sexual touching of one of his music students at the high school at which he was employed. He was charged with two counts of intentionally sexually touching a child aged between 10 and 16...

December 23, 2020

Jury finds man acted in self-defence at time of Horsley shooting

In November 2019, our client was arrested and charged after he shot at a man in Horsley with a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol.  He was charged with several offences, including, discharge firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, contrary to section 33A(1)(a) Crimes Act 1900. ...

December 4, 2020

Man avoids prison sentence after skull-fracturing assault

In March 2020, our client was arrested after having knocked a man out and fractured his school in a drunken on-punch attack at an Illawarra pub.  He was charged with the following offences:  Hanna Legal engaged in negotiations with the prosecution, leading to the withdrawal of the...

October 6, 2020

Identity theft scammer avoids prison

In September 2020, our client was one of several people arrested in relation to a large alleged fraud and identity theft scam operating in Sydney.   Our client was charged with 19 offences, including: Hanna Legal engaged in successful negotiations with the prosecution, which ultimately resulted in...

August 28, 2020

Hanna Legal named First Tier Criminal Defence Law Firm

The Doyle’s Guide is the leading independent directory which showcases Australia’s best firms and lawyers each year. It is compiled based on the findings of extensive surveys conducted among the principals and partners of law firms as well as barristers who practise primarily in criminal law. On...

August 26, 2020

Construction boss George Alex granted bail in $17m tax cheating case

In July 2020, our client was arrested in Queensland and extradited to Sydney to face the following charges: Hanna Legal made a successful release application on behalf of our client at the Central Local Court and he granted conditional bail.  In a news article published about the...

August 7, 2020

Financial services director charged with superannuation scam

In September 2019, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission commenced criminal proceedings against our client in relation to an alleged Ponzi scheme involving self-managed superannuation funds which resulted in more than $1.8 million being defrauded from various victims, including, two NRL referees. Our client was initially charged...

July 11, 2020

Legal assistance provided to international students during COVID-19 pandemic

During the lockdowns implemented in Australia in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our principal, Nick Hanna, provided pro-bono legal assistance in his spare time to a large number of international students who were trapped in Australia and faced unprecedented economic hardship but were not entitled...

July 1, 2020

Footage of NSW police officer slamming Aboriginal teenager to the ground goes viral

On 2 June 2020, our principal, Nick Hanna, was interviewed by the Huffington Post for an article which discussed an incident involving apparent excessive force used by NSW police force against an Indigenous juvenile in Sydney.  The following extract appeared in the article:  Leading Australian criminal lawyer...

June 2, 2020

Men sentenced over their role in large-scale drug operation involving fallen NRL star Jarrod Mullen

In late-2018, our client was one of five men charged over their roles in a wide-reaching drug trafficking operation stretching from Newcastle to Sydney.  Our client was charged with 10 offences, including:  For more information, see: Sydney high-life comes crashing down – five men charged in Australia...

May 23, 2020

Adam Freeman bailed twice in a week after alleged hotel damages

In January 2020, our client was charged with possess prohibited drug and possess restricted, whilst he was on parole for a large commercial quantity drug manufacture offence. For more information, see: Kings Cross identity Adam Freeman jailed over 19kg ecstasy drug haul, ABC News, 27 October 2014....

January 29, 2020

2019

Ishayat Hayat sentenced for high-speed Connells Point crash

In January 2019, our client was charged with various offences, including, aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, contrary to section 52A(4) of the Crimes Act 1900. The charges arose from a high-speed collision during a race on a suburban street. Our client was the driver of...

December 16, 2019

Hanna Legal named First Tier Criminal Defence Law Firm

The Doyles Guide is the leading independent directory which showcases Australia’s best firms and lawyers each year. It is compiled based on the findings of extensive surveys conducted among the principals and partners of law firms as well as barristers who practise primarily in criminal law. On...

August 22, 2019

Brit Expat has his conviction for sexual assault overturned on appeal

In March 2017, our client was sentenced to prison after he had been found guilty by a jury of two counts of having sexual intercourse without consent, contrary to section 61I of the Crimes Act 1900. Our client then terminated his instructions of his former lawyers and...

March 29, 2019

2018

Hanna Legal named First Tier Criminal Defence Law Firm

The Doyle’s Guide is the leading independent directory which showcases Australia’s best firms and lawyers each year. It is compiled based on the findings of extensive surveys conducted among the principals and partners of law firms as well as barristers who practise primarily in criminal law. On...

August 3, 2018

Brit Expat has his conviction for sexual assault overturned on appeal

In March 2017, our client was sentenced to prison after he had been found guilty by a jury of two counts of having sexual intercourse without consent, contrary to section 61I of the Crimes Act 1900. Our client then terminated his instructions of his former lawyers and...

July 30, 2018

Chinese billionaire to keep his identity secret in dinner party rape trial

In 2018, Hanna Legal appeared for a “very famous” Chinese billionaire in applications for non-publication orders in criminal proceedings at the Sydney District Court.   Our client was not alleged by anyone of any wrongdoing however he had been mentioned as being present at a dinner at...

July 10, 2018

‘Big Fella’ jailed over drug syndicate that duped customers on cocaine

In 2016, our client was one of 12 people charged over their roles in a methamphetamine distribution syndicate that police allege turned over about $3.7 million in a year.  Hanna Legal engaged in extensive negotiations with the prosecution, leading to multiple allegations against our client being withdrawn...

May 7, 2018

Sisters arrested in $5.7 million day care fraud case free on bail

In May 2018, our clients were arrested over their involvement in a $5.7 million family day care fraud. One was charged with the offence of intentionally dealing with proceeds of crime (more than $1 million), contrary to section 400.3(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.  The other...

May 4, 2018

2017

Former NRL player charged with supplying 900kg of cocaine and other offences

In December 2017, our client, a former Parramatta Eels player, was one of three males arrested after they were caught in possession of semiautomatic firearms and $650,000 cash in Centennial Park. Our client was alleged to have been in possession of the firearms and money as part...

December 19, 2017

Fadi Ibrahim granted bail following arrest over alleged role in crime syndicate

On 17 September 2017, our client was extradited from Dubai to Australia and then charged with Commonwealth proceeds of crime offences. On the following day, Hanna Legal made a successful release application on his behalf.  For more information, read Fadi Ibrahim granted $2.2 million bail following his...

December 14, 2017

Mother-of-four charged over school crash deaths ‘deeply sorry’: lawyer

In 2017, our client was the driver of a car that crashed into a classroom in western Sydney, killing two eight-year-old children. She was charged with multiple offences, including, two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death. Hanna Legal negotiated with the police for the woman’s release onto...

November 8, 2017

Successful appeal against conviction for aggravated break and enter charge

In 2017, four brothers engaged Hanna Legal to appeal against their conviction for an offence of aggravated break, enter and commit serious indictable offence. The four men had been found guilty by a jury following a trial at the NSW District Court. Our criminal lawyers filed an...

September 1, 2017

Convicted NSW killer Emad Sleiman fights to be freed

On 25 August 2017, Hanna Legal represented our client at his appeal against the decision of the State Parole Authority to refuse him parole. The appeal included a ground that the State Parole Authority had denied our client procedural fairness by refusing to allow our client to...

August 29, 2017

John Ibrahim’s son released on bail after drug syndicate arrests

On 8 August 2017, our client was arrested and charged with dealing with proceeds of crime. Hanna Legal successfully applied for our client to be released onto bail. An extract of a news article published following our client’s arrest reads as follows: With his client appearing via video...

August 9, 2017

Hanna Legal named First Tier Criminal Defence Law Firm

The Doyle’s Guide is the leading independent directory which showcases Australia’s best firms and lawyers each year. It is compiled based on the findings of extensive surveys conducted among the principals and partners of law firms as well as barristers who practise primarily in criminal law. On...

August 8, 2017

Jazz Dior: Sister of former bikie Sam Ibrahim avoids jail over gun plot

In April 2014, our client was one of several persons charged in relation to the supply of guns.  Hanna Legal engaged in negotiations with the prosecution, leading to her pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy to unlawfully sell firearms.  We represented her at her sentence...

August 3, 2017

Croom man accused of second pub bashing released on bail

On 10 July 2017, our client was arrested and charged in relation to a serious assault he was said to have committed at Port Macquarie whilst he was already on bail over a brawl allegedly committed earlier that year. Hanna Legal successfully applied for bail for our...

July 11, 2017

Fadi Ibrahim, Jamelie Lahood in court over mysterious mansion bargain

In 2017, Hanna Legal represented our client in relation to civil litigation commenced in the Supreme Court of NSW concerning the alleged breach of a loan agreement and a multi-million dollar debt. For more information, see: Fadi Ibrahim, Jamelie Lahood in court over mysterious mansion bargain, Sydney...

June 20, 2017

‘No duty’ to act in public interest, Obeid’s lawyers tell court

In June 2017, Hanna Legal represented the former NSW Minister for Mineral Resources, Eddie Obeid, in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal in relation to the appeal against his conviction for the common law offence of misconduct in public office. For more information, see: ‘No duty’ to...

June 5, 2017

The wake-up call: The gun-running syndicate that shocked Australian law enforcement

In March 2012, three men were arrested in relation to one of the biggest gun smuggling operations in Australian history. The syndicate imported more than 130 prohibited semi-automatic pistols into Australia and sold them to numerous criminal organisations.  The case is considered by many to be one...

May 15, 2017

Sex assault victims failing to see justice done because of victim-blaming attitude

On 5 May 2017, Abbas Soukie of Hanna Legal was interviewed by the Daily Telegraph for an article which discussed some of the legal and social issues pertaining to the prosecution of sexual offences. The relevant passage of the article reads as follows: But legal experts pointed...

May 5, 2017

Uber wins injunction to stop vigilante driver making citizen’s arrests

On 1 July 2015, Hanna Legal commenced civil litigation behalf of Uber BV and Uber Australia in the Supreme Court of NSW against Russell Howarth, a Sydney hire care driver who had been making what he alleged were “citizen’s arrests” of Uber drivers.   On the same...

April 3, 2017

Andrew McManus walks free over suitcase full of cash

On 8 September 2015, our client, a high-profile music promoter, was charged with the following offences: Shortly after his release on bail, Hanna Legal successfully applied for the variation of his bail conditions so that he could travel to New Zealand with an American band whose tour...

March 31, 2017

Neurologist not guilty of professional misconduct and awarded costs

In March 2017, the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) commenced proceedings against a neurologist in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal for disciplinary findings and orders in relation to the alleged sexual abuse of a patient. The neurologist denied the conduct and the matter proceeded to a...

March 1, 2017

Weapons charges withdrawn against mosque caretaker

In February 2017, our client was charged with two charges relating to his alleged possession of a bullet proof vest and a flick knife. The offences were: For more information, see: Mohammed Elzamtar, 60, charged with weapons offences, The Daily Telegraph, 8 February 2017. Our criminal lawyers...

February 8, 2017

2016

Killer cabbie jailed for leaving elderly woman in hit and run

In August 2015, our client was arrested and charged with several offences, including, dangerous driving occasioning death and fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death. Hanna Legal represented the man at his sentence proceedings in 2016 and prepared extensive evidence which assisted him to...

December 14, 2016

Bail granted for black magic assault accused

In December 2016, Hanna Legal was instructed to apply for bail on behalf of a man charged over a serious assault alleged to have been committed as part of a “black magic” exorcism ceremony. For more information, see: Husband ‘cut open’ after wife’s ‘black magic’ curse, The...

December 4, 2016

Splashes nightclub murder accused Dalibor Bubanja acquitted in Court of Criminal Appeal

In 2014, Mr Bubanja and three other men were found guilty of murder following their trial by jury at the Supreme Court of NSW. Our client and the other men filed appeals against their convictions to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal. Hanna Legal instructed Tim Game...

September 21, 2016

Hanna Legal named First Tier Criminal Defence Law Firm

The Doyle’s Guide is the leading independent directory which showcases Australia’s best firms and lawyers each year. It is compiled based on the findings of extensive surveys conducted among the principals and partners of law firms as well as barristers who practise primarily in criminal law. On...

September 1, 2016

NSW man charged over machete attack

In April 2016, our client was charged with multiple serious offences in relation to an alleged machete attack on two women on the South Coast. His charges included: For more information, see: Two women stabbed with machete at Lake Conjola caravan park, man arrested, Illawarra Mercury, 20...

April 20, 2016

Murder accused found not guilty, awarded costs

In July 2014, our client was one of five persons charged over the contract killing of a Crown witness in April 2011. Our client pleaded not guilty to the offence of accessory to murder and Hanna Legal represented her at her by jury trial that ran from...

April 18, 2016

Anaesthetist admits disposing of drug paraphernalia following fiancee’s death

In January 2013, our client’s fiancée was found dead in her apartment in Neutral Bay. Hanna Legal represented our client in relation to the initial police investigation, which ultimately led to a Coronial Inquest into the death. We represented our client at the Coronial Inquest, which took...

March 1, 2016

Albanian crime gang charged over $600,000 safe and ATM spree

In January 2016, our client was one of three men charged with multiple aggravated break, enter and steal and related offences committed as part of a crime spree committed across NSW, Queensland and Victoria. For more information, see: Albanian accused: $600,000 safe and ATM spree leaves alleged...

January 24, 2016

2015

UberX vehicle registration suspensions lifted

In September 2015, Roads and Maritime Services (now Transport for NSW) suspended the registrations of 40 vehicles being used to provide ride-sharing services with Uber. For more information, see: UberX: officials suspend 40 drivers’ vehicle registrations, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 September 2015. Hanna Legal represented all of...

October 1, 2015

Accused Asian crime syndicate boss charged over alleged $4m mystery Australian online bank account scam

In 2015 and 2016, Hanna Legal represented the alleged leader of a sophisticated cyber-fraud syndicate. The man faced 128 charges, ranging from dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception, unauthorised access of restricted data held in computer (hacking) and dealing with proceeds of crime. The allegations against...

September 6, 2015

Charges dropped against UberX drivers

In 2015, Roads and Maritime Services (now Transport for NSW) commenced the prosecution of a large number of Uber drivers for alleged breaches of the Passenger Transport Act 1990, including unaccredited person carry on private hire vehicle service, use unlicensed private hire vehicle to carry on service...

July 31, 2015

Linfox employee charged with extortion

On 18 April 2015, Hanna Legal appeared at the Mount Druitt Local Court on behalf of a person who was initially a witness in relation to a police investigation into corruption and extortion within the logistics company Linfox. For more information about the case, see: Linfox employee...

April 18, 2015

2014

Underworld “enforcer” may be out by Xmas

In 2013, our client approached us to represent him in relation to an appeal against a sentence that had been imposed on him in the District Court for various offences, including two counts of possessing an unauthorised pistol and one count of supplying a prohibited drug. Hanna...

December 28, 2014

Kings Cross identity Adam Freeman jailed over 19kg ecstasy drug haul

In August 2011, our client was extradited from Thailand and charged with manufacturing a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug. On 27 October 2014, Hanna Legal represented our client at his sentence proceedings at the Sydney District Court. Prior to his sentencing, Hanna Legal had engaged...

October 27, 2014

Shayda Ibrahim settles wrongful arrest and false imprisonment lawsuit against NSW Police

On 12 July 2010, our client was arrested and charged with conspiracy to murder, an offence which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment. Hanna Legal made representations on her behalf to the Director of Public Prosecutions, leading to the withdrawal of the charge in September...

October 18, 2014

Convicted killer Michael Ibrahim to get new parole hearing and costs

On 29 July 2014, Hanna Legal represented our client at his appeal against the decision of the State Parole Authority to refuse him parole. The appeal included a ground that the State Parole Authority had denied our client procedural fairness by refusing to allow our client to...

July 29, 2014

Australians ripped off in cyber sting as police reveal criminals hack into webcams to spy

In March 2014, our client was arrested and charged with 93 fraud and cybercrime offences, including: For more information, see: Australians ripped off in cyber sting as police reveal criminals hack into webcams to spy, Herald Sun, 23 July 2014. Our client had a lengthy history of...

July 23, 2014

2013

Man in court over Sydney gun run crash

On 8 August 2013, our client was charged in relation to an affray involving the use of various weapons, including a firearm. For more information, see: Man in court over Sydney gun run crash, 9News, 8 August 2013.  Our client was initially charged with affray as well...

August 8, 2013

How elite police stopped heavily armed men from hit on armoured van

On 28 September 2011, our client was one of three men charged in relation to an ATM ram raid (aggravated break, enter and steal) in July 2011, an attempted armed robbery of an armoured van carrying $1 million, and offences of possessing prohibited firearms, including a SKS...

June 13, 2013

NSW Police nab alleged Liberty Reserve fraudster

On 10 June 2013, our client was charged by the NSW State Crime Command’s Fraud and Cybercrime Squad with numerous charges of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, dealing with proceeds of crime with intent to conceal and unauthorised function with intent to commit serious offence (computer...

June 11, 2013

Murder case against Fadi Ibrahim dropped

In 2009, our client was charged with conspiracy to murder, together with his brother, Michael Ibrahim, and another individual. We represented Michael Ibrahim at his jury trial at the Sydney District Court, where he was found not guilty.  For more information, see: Ibrahim acquitted of murder plot...

February 14, 2013

2012

Ibrahim acquitted of murder plot charge

In 2009, our client, Michael Ibrahim, was charged with conspiracy to murder, together with his brother, Fadi Ibrahim, and another individual. We represented Michael Ibrahim at his jury trial at the Sydney District Court, where he was found not guilty.  For more information, see: Ibrahim acquitted of...

December 10, 2012

Media outlets appeal non-publication order in Ibrahim proceedings

In 2012, Hanna Legal represented the first and second respondents to an appeal brought in the NSW Court of Appeal by various media outlets against a successful application for non-publication orders made on behalf of our clients, Fadi and Michael Ibrahim, in criminal proceedings in the NSW...

June 13, 2012

Bail granted for man charged with commercial quantity drug supply

On 23 May 2012, Hanna Legal appeared at the Albury Local Court on an application for bail for our client, who was charged with various offences, including, supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.  After the Magistrate reviewed the evidence that we had prepared and then...

May 23, 2012

Ibrahims walk after kidnap case thrown out

On 31 May 2011, our client was one of four people charged with take/detain with the intention of committing a serious indictable offence. On 6 June 2011, Hanna Legal successfully applied for bail for our client at the Burwood Local Court.  For more information, see: Ibrahim sister...

February 21, 2012

2011

Crime gang’s key ring guns racket

In September 2011, our client was charged with various offences, including numerous counts of selling firearms and supplying prohibited drugs.  For more information, see: Gangs’ DIY armoury, The Daily Telegraph, 1 May 2011. Hanna Legal negotiated a favourable plea agreement and statement of facts in order to...

September 1, 2011

Cage-fighting Ivy bouncer given bail

In August 2011, our client and two other men were arrested and charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent. After the police refused to release our client on bail, we successfully applied for his release at Court.  For more information, see: Cage-fighting Ivy bouncer given bail,...

August 30, 2011

Family of six found not guilty and awarded costs following alleged school brawl

On 2 March 2011, a family of six were arrested and charged with various offences, including, affray, assault police officer and resist police officer.  For more information, see: Officer assaulted in high school brawl before crowd invades police station, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 March 2011. Hanna Legal...

March 3, 2011

Ibrahim bail curfew lifted for child’s birth

On 20 January 2011, Hanna Legal appeared at the Central Local Court to apply for the variation of bail conditions of our client, who was charged with conspiracy to murder.  Our application was successful and our client’s bail conditions were relaxed so as to allow him time...

January 20, 2011

2010

Dancefloor murder accused not guilty

Prior to founding Hanna Legal, our principal, Nick Hanna, represented a man in the murder of another man at a nightclub in 2008. The accused pleaded not guilty at his trial by a jury in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. At the close of the...

November 16, 2010

Fatal boat crash skipper drunk, court hears

In July 2010, our client was charged with various offences, including two counts of aggravated culpable navigation causing death.   The prescribed concentration of alcohol in his blood at the time the boat capsized was estimated as being between 0.178 and 0.225, which is approximately four times...

August 17, 2010

Australian court rules it IS acceptable to call a police officer a ‘p****’

Prior to establishing Hanna Legal in 2010, our principal, Nick Hanna, appeared as advocate for a client charged with using offensive language. Mr Hanna represented our client at his defended hearing in the Local Court of NSW. Mr Hanna successfully argued that the word “prick” was not...

May 4, 2010

2008

Jill Allison Courtney, Hussan Kalache win court costs

Prior to founding Hanna Legal, our principal, Nick Hanna, instructed Ian McClintock SC (now his Honour Judge McClintock SC) in a Supreme Court trial of two persons charged with the offence of conspiracy to murder. The Crown case was that the man, who was in custody at...

April 1, 2008

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