Workplace Misconduct and Corruption

Anderson Fredericks Turner is one of the leading criminal law firms in Queensland and also has a substantial employment law practice. Our lawyers with the skills and capacity to defend individuals or businesses facing complex workplace misconduct and corruption issues.

Workplace misconduct or corruption allegations may have both employment law and criminal law implications. Our firm can offer advice and representation that is holistic, taking account of the different legal issues that may require a response.

We are among the largest independent criminal law practices in Queensland. If you want to be represented by a leading criminal law firm with a proven track record for results, including with corporate criminal law issues, we can help. Beyond our local offices across Queensland, our lawyers regularly undertake work in other areas across Australia.

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Courtroom Expertise

Anderson Fredericks Turner has some of the few practising solicitors in criminal law in Queensland who have been accredited as barristers and worked in that role for a number of years before operating a law firm.

Andrew Anderson and Kerri Fredericks both formerly worked as Senior Crown Prosecutors in Queensland, which saw them undertake numerous jury trials, sentences and appeals.

Both Andrew and Kerri undertake significant work relating to employment law, particularly relating to workplace investigations and disciplinary issues.

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Free Case Assessment – Call 1300 AFT LEGAL

Call one of our experienced lawyers for a free, no-obligation initial review of the workplace misconduct or corruption issues you face.

If you engage us to advise and represent you, our lawyers will assist you ever step of the way. We:

  • inform you of your legal rights and entitlements.

  • inform you of your legal responsibilities.

  • obtain information that may cast doubt on the credibility or reliability of any allegations.

  • assist you in explaining any issues that may resolve any concerns about misconduct or corruption.

Failure to exercise certain rights, or acting on the wrong advice, can fundamentally affect the interests of a person facing allegations. If you want advice you can trust from an ethical and respected law firm, contact Anderson Fredericks Turner.

WHY CHOOSE US

Courtroom Expertise

Anderson Fredericks Turner has some of the few practising solicitors in criminal law in Queensland who have been accredited as barristers and worked in that role for a number of years before operating a law firm.

Andrew Anderson and Kerri Fredericks both formerly worked as Senior Crown Prosecutors in Queensland, which saw them undertake numerous jury trials, sentences and appeals.

Both Andrew and Kerri undertake significant work relating to employment law, particularly relating to workplace investigations and disciplinary issues.

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Free Case Review

Call one of our experienced lawyers for a free, no-obligation initial review of the workplace misconduct or corruption issues you face.

If you engage us to advise and represent you, our lawyers will assist you ever step of the way. We:

  • inform you of your legal rights and entitlements.

  • inform you of your legal responsibilities.

  • obtain information that may cast doubt on the credibility or reliability of any allegations.

  • assist you in explaining any issues that may resolve any concerns about misconduct or corruption.

Failure to exercise certain rights, or acting on the wrong advice, can fundamentally affect the interests of a person facing allegations. If you want advice you can trust from an ethical and respected law firm, contact Anderson Fredericks Turner.

To book your free Case Review with one of our criminal lawyers Call Now: 1300 AFT LEGAL (1300 238 534)

Allegations of Fraud and Deceptive Conduct

Allegations of fraud, dishonesty or deceptive conduct can have a significant impact on reputations and affect employment opportunities and licences, as well as put people at risk of facing imprisonment.

In Australia, employees can face summary dismissal if an employer considers there has been theft or fraud committed by them. It can not only be those who actually commit an offence that can face disciplinary action, other employees or managers who are or become aware of fraudulent or dishonest conduct and fail to report it can also face dismissal.

In Queensland, seeking to resolve claims of fraud or deceptive conduct through negotiation and civil settlement rather than the criminal justice system carries significant risks, including the commission of further offences by compounding a crime. Anderson Fredericks Turner has experienced lawyers who can guide individuals and businesses through any proposed settlement negotiations and agreements.

Queensland – Common Offences

Under the Criminal Code in Queensland , individuals accused of fraudulent or dishonest conduct are often charged with the following offences (although there are many other individual offences):

  • Fraud – A ‘Fraud’ offence under section 408C of the Criminal Code carries a maximum penalty of up to 5 years imprisonment, although an aggravated frauds, such as ‘Fraud by a director’, ‘Fraud by an employee’, or ‘Fraud to the value of $30,000 or more’ carry 14 years imprisonment. Penalties are even higher if the yield of the fraud is more than $100,000 or the fraud was committed as a business operation.

  • Stealing – A ‘Stealing’ offence under the Criminal Code carries a maximum penalty of up to 5 years imprisonment. Aggravated stealing offences, such as ‘Stealing by a clerk’, ‘Stealing as a public service employee’ or ‘Stealing as a director of a company’ carries a maximum of 10 years imprisonment.

  • Corruption offences – Queensland has a range of charges dealing with corrupt conduct, including charges of ‘Official corruption’, ‘Abuse of office’ and ‘Misconduct in relation to public office’. Charges of this kind generally target government officials and public servants working for the government agencies or entities, or individuals having dealings with them.

Commonwealth – Common Offences

The Criminal Code of the Commonwealth also has a range of offences covering workplace misconduct and dishonesty, including:

  • Obtaining property by deception – Individuals or businesses that dishonestly obtain property belonging to a Commonwealth entity face up to 10 years imprisonment.

  • Obtaining financial advantage by deception –  Individuals or businesses that dishonestly obtain a financial advantage from a Commonwealth entity face up to 10 years imprisonment.

There are also laws under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) that regulate conduct by corporations and company directors and officers. The Corporations Act creates offences dealing with:

  • failure to file appropriate forms with the Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC);

  • failure to disclose conflicts of interest in company transactions;

  • dishonest conduct by company directors or officers of corporations with respect to their duties;

  • making misleading or false statements, or failing to disclose information, to potential investors under the Corporations Act; and,

  • managing a company while disqualified under the Corporations Act.

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