Media Release – 17 December 2014

Adrian Hall Sentenced

 

The Law Society of Tasmania acknowledges that today Adrian Hall has been sentenced by the Supreme Court. He was sentenced to 4 months in prison which was suspended for 2 years, and 210 hours of community service and was ordered to pay compensation.

The President of the Law Society, Matthew Verney has said:-

β€œIt is clear that Mr Hall’s conduct was very serious. It is also clear that the Court thought the same resulting in Mr Hall being sentenced to 4 months imprisonment. The fact that the sentence has been suspended does not diminish the seriousness of the outcome, particularly given that Mr Hall has a prison sentence hanging over his head now for 2 years.”

Mr Verney has also said:-

β€œI am aware that it was submitted on Mr Hall’s behalf that the “real victims” of Mr Hall’s conduct are those in the public who would no longer be represented by him. This was an astoundingly arrogant submission and one that I wholly reject. I have no doubt that all of Mr Hall’s now former clients will be well represented by other lawyers either from the private profession or the Legal Aid Commission.

The legal profession in Tasmania is a sound, ethical profession. Given the vast sums of money that lawyers handle for their clients, the overwhelming majority of which is dealt with properly and legally, the public can have faith and confidence in the profession as a whole.”

Mr Hall’s practising certificate remains suspended. It is a matter for the Legal Profession Board as to whether any other disciplinary action is to be taken.

 
Matthew Verney
President
0438 248 708

17 December 2014