Lawyer Michael Kemp leaves Rostron Carlyle
after representing Hells Angel drug trafficker
February 10, 201412:00AM
Michael Kemp’s $4.5million Jollys
Lookout mansion has been listed for sale.Source: Supplied
A PROMINENT lawyer who left his large
city firm has put his $10 million property portfolio on the
market after being dragged into a Hells Angels drug scandal.
Michael Kemp’s departure from Rostron Carlyle
followed his acting in a personal injury claim last year. It is now
alleged by police that the money from the claim would have repaid a
drug debt to Kemp’s acquaintance, an accused Hells Angels drug
Lawyer Michael Kemp has put his $10
million property portfolio on the market. Picture: Scott
CampbellSource: News Limited
Mr Kemp said he had no inkling that the client was
a drug customer of the Hells Angel, who he knew through his wife but
was not his brother-in-law as the bikie claimed.
“If I’d even suspected it (was over drugs), I
wouldn’t have had a bar of it,” he said. “I don’t approve of that
lifestyle or what they’ve got themselves into. I’ve got a good name
for myself and done very well for myself and I would never go for
Rostron Carlyle managing partner Greg Rostron said
the firm terminated its partnership with Mr Kemp, who once ran its
lucrative personal injury arm, just before Christmas. It also
dismissed Mr Kemp as a director of a company that owned the firm’s
multimillion-dollar Brisbane premises, Mr Rostron said.
The firm, which once handled Hells Angels
trademark work and represented one of the trafficker’s co-accused
last year, no longer acted for members in criminal or commercial
matters, he said.
Mr Kemp said he was not booted from the
partnership, but long planned to leave Rostron Carlyle and start his
own firm and needed to sell his properties for seed money and to cut
debt. His $4.5 million Jollys Lookout mansion was previously the
home of internet porn maven Scott Phillips before he went to jail
for torturing burglars who had broken in.
Also on the market is Mr Kemp’s $2.6 million Hope
Island house, a $1.6 million Brisbane penthouse and a $750,000
Fortitude Valley apartment. One of his companies was forced into
liquidation last year over an unpaid $240,000 tax bill.
He said he had “sporadic” contact with the bikie
and his brother, who were “nice blokes” but known Hells Angels,
“that’s why I didn’t hang out with them”.
The client allegedly told police the accused
trafficker, who forced him into a $67,000 drug debt, had introduced
Mr Kemp as his “brother-in-law”.
He said he returned to the firm to ask about the
claim after the trafficker’s arrest in November but was told “I’d
have to find someone else”.