Bikie’s lawyer Chris Hannay to
sue Campbell Newman over ‘hired guns’ comments
February 21, 20149:19AM
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A GOLD Coast lawyer is suing
Premier Campbell Newman for defamation.
Chris Hannay, who represented accused
Gold Coast bikie brawl ringleader Jacques Teamo, will
announce details of the lawsuit today.
He is believed to be suing Mr Newman
over comments that lawyers were “hired guns’’ for bikies
and “part of the criminal gang machine’’.
“These people (lawyers) are hired guns
They take money from people who sell drugs to our
teenagers and young people,’’ Mr Newman said earlier
this month in comments that enraged the legal
“Yes, everybody’s got a right to be
defended under the law but you’ve got to see it for what
it is: they are part of the machine, part of the
criminal gang machine, and they will see, say and do
anything to defend their clients, and try and get them
off and indeed progress ... their dishonest case.’’
Lawyer Chris Hannay
(right) with Bandido Jacques Teamo. Mr
Hannay has announced he is suing
Campbell Newman for defamation. File
image: Richard Gosling
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told
media Mr Newman’s comments referred to a specific law
firm, Hannay Lawyers.
Mr Hannay immediately flagged legal
action, saying he was consulting a Queen’s Counsel.
He blasted Mr Newman’s comments as
“repulsive ... political dribble’’.
“To denigrate the criminal law
profession and in particular, my law firm, with baseless
and unsubstantiated allegations does nothing to assist
to resolve the issues concerning the highly
controversial anti-association laws implemented by the
premier,” Mr Hannay said at the time.
Premier Campbell Newman’s
comemn ts angered many in the legal
profession. File image: Darren England.
“His comments are nothing but
emotional, grossly ill-informed political lip service
and as one senior legal professional, I would describe
it as political dribble.”
Mr Hannay has retained Gold Coast
litigation specialist Jeff Horsey to prosecute the
Last week, the Australian Lawyers
Alliance called on solicitors to defend their profession
against Mr Newman’s attack.
Teamo, a former senior Bandidos bikie
gang member, is accused of instigating the brawl at
Broadbeach last September which led to the Newman
Government’s tough anti-bikie laws.