Qld lawyer 'will win' CCC case against him

Stuart Layt
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ADAM MAGILL COURT

Lawyer Adam Magill has been granted bail on fraud and money laundering charges

He's used to spending time in court, but high-profile Brisbane criminal lawyer Adam Magill has found himself in an unfamiliar position - in the prisoner's dock.

He is one of six men, four of them lawyers, facing charges after a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into a Brisbane law firm that saw five arrested on Sunday and another on Monday afternoon, issued with a notice to appear.

Magill, 47, was arrested at his Tarragindi home on Sunday and spent the night in custody before facing Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday charged with aggravated fraud, money laundering, and fraudulent falsification of records.

Magill's lawyers unsuccessfully tried to avoid having him appear in court due to the media attention, however magistrate Penelope Hay insisted he be present.

She released him on bail on the strict condition he does not have any contact with a list of witnesses involved in the case, including some current and ex-clients and colleagues.

After trying to duck the media inside court, Magill briefly faced reporters outside, saying it was a "circus" and he wasn't worried about what Ms Hay had described as a "strong" circumstantial case against him.

"I win. That's what I do," he said.

"I'm going to have a shower and go back (to work) now."

Bail had been opposed by police due to the risk he would try to contact witnesses.

Ms Hay said it was a serious concern, but since the criminal lawyer would be "likely to be under covert surveillance" once released, she was comfortable granting bail.

Under the conditions Magill can work at his law firm Lawler Magill and engage professionally with his partner Robert Lawler but is prohibited from socialising with him.

His will return to Brisbane Magistrates Court on November 26.

The five other men charged following the 18-month CCC investigation into Lawler Magill have been told to reappear in the same court on November 19.

The CCC alleges some of the men were involved in serious fraud offences against Legal Aid Queensland to a value of about $340,000, while a failure to comply with a legal requirement to deposit more than $765,000 into a trust account was also allegedly discovered.

Some were also accused of laundered the proceeds of serious criminal offences.

Lam Quoc Ta, 30, appeared in the Pine Rivers Magistrates court on Monday on aggravated money laundering and aggravated fraud charges.

He was bailed with strict conditions including wearing a GPS tracker to reappear on November 19 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court .

Corey Mullen and Mitchell Cunningham, who are also Lawler Magill lawyers, will also appear then after being bailed on Sunday on charges of aggravated fraud.

On Monday, the CCC said a 31-year-old Bowen Hills man had been charged and bailed on Sunday night with aggravated fraud over the alleged failure to deposit money into a trust account.

A Woodford man, 33, was issued on Monday with a notice to appear in relation to the failure to deposit money into a trust account, the CCC says.