December 22, 2020
Here are a few RK Law cases that made the news in the last few weeks.
|1.||Couple blames school holidays for bail breach||22.10.2020||Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said both his clients were in a relationship and operated a cleaning business together.Mr Robertson said it was the first time Tapp’s daughter was able to see her father and stepmother since Family Court orders were made and that caused the breach of bail.|
|2.||Petrol thief leaves driver’s licence at servo|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said his client had attempted to pay for the fuel, even leaving his licence behind to get money but was unable to secure the funds.Mr Robertson said his client had forgotten about the testosterone, claiming it had been sitting in the fridge for a number of months.|
|3.||Over-sleeping check out leads to drug bust at motel|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said Dyer normally worked in construction but was unemployed due to the COVID-19 downturn.He said Dyer had aspirations to do university study in the future.|
|4.||Magistrate to hoon: ‘grow up, grow a brain’|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said Finnegan was supported by his father in court and the Heights College Year 12 graduate had qualifications in sheet metal fabrication and boilermaking which led him to working shut downs since high school.|
|5.||Mum couldn’t pay fuel bill for over a month|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said Trevor was a single mother of two with a seven-year-old child in a wheelchair, diagnosed with muscle degenerative disease.|
|6.||Busted with drugs, axe in car while driving unsupervised|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said Scofield had been working on rehabilitation, engaging with GumBi GumBi and Lived Lives Well, and had been drug free for a long period.|
|7.||Threats made to fish and chip shop staff|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said Reynolds was unemployed and on workcover payments after a workplace accident while working as a landscaper where his head was injured.|
|8.||Father blows up at mum over baby’s last name|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said there was a complex family dispute between the defendant and the victim and her family.|
|9.||FRESH-FACED OFFENDERS: 10 youth crimes exposed|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said Dyer normally worked in construction but was unemployed due to the COVID-19 downturn.|
|10.||‘Grow up’: Rocky sisters fight after drinking alcohol|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said his client and her sister where close after the sister took on a motherly role when the defendant was about 12 years old and the sister was 22.He said both women were intoxicated and violent towards each other on both occasions.|
|11.||Young mum busted after smoking marijuana|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said Herdman was a single mother of a 10-month-old and was studying aged care.Magistrate Cameron Press said Herdman had no reason to be smoking illicit drugs, nor to hang around drugs.|
|12.||Man accused of “extraordinarily stupid” assault on baby|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson argued his client was at risk of spending too much time in remand awaiting trial or sentence.Mr Robertson said the risk his client posed of committing further offences and failing to appear could be managed through strict conditions.|
|13.||House cleaner steals cash from employer|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said Ross was a mother of five with the youngest having ADHD and ASD.|
|14.||Young man didn’t quite get what he wished for|
|Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said Kelly was not currently working but had all the certificates and qualifications to do scaffolding and was looking for work.|
|15.||DV offender visits victim, unaware order is still in place|
|the defendant’s defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said, although it was a serious breach of a court order, there was no violence alleged.|
September 20, 2020
Check out Rowan King and Lachlan Robertson’s most recent cases in the Morning Bulletin:
Defence lawyer Rowan King said Weeding found it difficult to survive upon release from custody having spent so much time in prison over the years.
Defence lawyer Rowan King said the offences last year took place while Delaware was mentally unwell, but had no official diagnosis, only an explanation that a relationship breakdown occurred and Delaware turned to any drug he could get his hands on, leading to his life spiralling downward.
Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said there was some history between his client and the victim. “There has been some arguing back and forth, which resulted in this offence before the court today,” Mr Robertson said.
Defence lawyer Lachlan Robertson said his client, who works in a Central Queensland mine, cared for their daughter and his stepson. He said the woman contacts his client about other matters.
Defence Lawyers – Lachlan Robertson & Rowan King
September 15, 2020
One of our Solicitors, Lachlan Robertson, appeared in Emerald District Court this morning to represent a client with another great outcome achieved.
Our Solicitors frequently travel to Emerald, Blackwater & Gladstone. Contact our office today if you have a matter located outside of Rockhampton, we would love to discuss with you how we can assist.
For more information about where we travel to click here!
September 1, 2020
RK Law has recently expanded our team, so we have outgrown our current office space. Our exciting news is this: we are moving up in the world and moving our head office even closer to the Rockhampton Magistrates’ Court.
From Monday 7 September 2020, the new-look RK Law will be located at Level 3, 36 East Street, Rockhampton – directly across Fitzroy Street, facing the Court.
Accessing our new offices
Street parking is available on East Street. The door to enter the Fitzroy & East Building is on Fitzroy Street. Take the elevator to Level 3 and follow the signs for RK Law. We’re located on the right, just past the elevator.
The new-look RK Law
Along with our move, we are also rolling out a rebrand that has been in the works for quite some time. Our new logo reflects our vision to be a law firm that delivers outstanding results across all of Queensland – but our commitment to fight for our clients hasn’t changed at all.
No matter who you are or what you have done, RK Law is here to defend your future.
With staff now in Rockhampton, Brisbane and Cairns, we have a vision to build a permanent presence throughout the major cities in Queensland.
Thank you for being part of the RK Law journey so far.
Rowan King and the RK Law team
June 22, 2020
Last week RK Law was extremely proud to defend a claim by AHPRA against an experienced Nurse to revoke their nursing registration. We received a great outcome for a client who was wrongfully accused of misconduct as a Nurse in a facility.
When the complaint was received, the outlook appeared grim for the Nurse. There were several Stat. Decs. from key management staff in the organisation supporting the allegations. A number of times the Nurse asked whether it was worth pursuing, and even recently if it was worth re-applying for Registration for the 2020/21 registration year.
After leaving the facility, the Nurse was re-employed in a very high paying job in another location. The complaint to the Regulation Agency was used against the Nurse to terminate subsequent high paying job. It was also a further barrier to obtaining other employment in the industry as the Nurse had to declare the pending case to prospective employers.
This meant the Nurse had to live and work in another State from the Nurse’s partner, as it was impossible to obtain work locally due to the stigma of “stealing medication from a dead patient”. At or about the same time, the Nurse’s partner had a deterioration in their health, causing them to retire from work – affecting cash-flow and the ability to pay for legal services.
It was clear when taking instructions that the Nurse had no idea about the allegations. We organised the Nurse to provide independent records such as telephone records and bank transactions. From this, we were able to defend the Nurse in the lengthy proceedings.
It was also a case where we felt so passionate about the injustice, that Principal Lawyer, Rowan King took the case on Pro Bono putting in most of the man-hours outside of core work hours – due to the poor financial position of the Nurse – and the inability to fund the matter with the declining health of the Nurse’s partner.
The Nurse retained RK Law, who successfully defended the allegations and received not only a dismissal of the allegations but justice after a 2 year battle with a disgruntled former employer. The Nursing industry is better having this practitioner (with over 35 years experience) back in the field.
Below is a summary of the matter:
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If you have received a complaint from a regulation authority, you must contact RK Law immediately!
June 9, 2020
Today we are thankful for the hard work and dedication of our super-star Paralegal and my P.A. – Betty Murison.
9.06.2020 – Message from Rowan King – Principal Lawyer of RK Law:
In my experience in the workforce, it is rare to come across a truly indispensable member of staff. Just over 2 years ago, I was fortunate enough to cross paths with Betty. At the time, she was working for one of our competitors. I naturally assumed she was 100 years old, because her name was “Betty”. She had expressed an interest to join our team, and we were unfortunately not in a position to get her on at that time. But one day in May/June 2018, the stars aligned, and we were able to offer Betty a job with our firm.
The recruitment of Betty to RK Law, in my view, will be something we look back on in years to come as a pivotal moment in the life of our business. Betty displays an unmatched passion for excellence in all aspects of her job.
Betty has the perfect combination of:
- Work Ethic; and
Betty also has the ability to put the fear of God into anyone who snitches on her, forgets to lodge a Legal Aid claim or fails to correctly name a document in our database.
Around 6 months into her employment, Betty spoke to me, and it was clear she was upset. She said her husband had been transferred with work, and she was leaving Rockhampton.
Due to her commitment to the firm, her solid work ethic, and her “Donna” skills (watch Suits if you don’t get it), Beverly and I kept her on working remotely.
Betty does her job to such a high standard that most clients do not realise she is 1064km away.
We fly Betty down to our East Street Office, and Beverly, Lachlan, Maggie and I have the pleasure of spending 1 week with her each month (subject to Corona Virus).
It is important to honour when honour is due.
I know that I am a better lawyer thanks to Betty’s support and assistance over the last 2 years. I know RK Law is also a better place thanks to her input into our business.
Thank you Betty for your hard work and commitment to RK Law over this last 2 years.
I look forward to many more years working with you!
May 23, 2020
An RK Law case in the news:
“Defence lawyer Rowan King said his client served five years of the prison term after being found guilty by a jury.
He said Donoghue had been in a relationship with the victim of this latest incident, but it had since ended. Mr King said Donoghue was the sole carer of his two children and lived outside of Rockhampton.”
Read the full story here!
May 20, 2020
RK Law is not just about fighting in the Court Room and getting results for our clients. We are here in Central Queensland and always looking for ways to make a difference in our community.
It is 11:00pm and after a long day in the office, Rockhampton Defence Lawyer Rowan King is volunteering at Rocky Hospital with the Calvary Team making Café quality coffees for our front line staff on the late shift.
This is an initiative during the current COVID period to keep the caffeine flowing into our Hospital Staff.
Reflections from Rowan:
We are so lucky to have such amazing front line staff in Central Queensland. I have been able to connect with the wonderful hospital staff. You can take for granted the significance of the stress our nurses and doctors deal with day-to-day on a shift, external of COVID-19.
For example, I spoke to one medical staff member on one of the nights who looked exhausted. They told me that during the shift the night before they had attempted to resuscitate a person. They tried for a number of hours but could not save the patient. That happened right at the end of the shift. The medical staff member got home and due to the adrenaline, they could not sleep. They eventually got a few hours before getting the scrubs back on and getting onto the next patient. They had shared thoughts such as “could I have done something better to save the patient?”. A double shot was in order. It was clear that burden that staff member was carrying was huge!
If a lawyer makes a mistake, and the magistrate makes a bad call due to the lawyer’s error, it will go on appeal and get fixed. There may be some inconvenience, but at the end of the day – no one died!
This volunteering has reminded me to be thankful for our front line medical staff (including the cleaners, wardies, and security) not just during COVID, but at all times. It has also reminded me not to sook when I have a bad day at work!
Also a special thanks to Calvary Rockhampton who organise the coffee cart and provide the coffees.
May 19, 2020
- Appearing in FCC, Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts on a daily basis for mentions, sentences, contested applications and hearings;
- Drafting Affidavits, Applications, and other court documents in Criminal and Family Law matters;
- Autonomous conduct of criminal family and DV files in both summary and committal streams;
- Liaising with clients, court staff, prosecution agencies and external stakeholders; and
- Instructing and working closely with Counsel.
- Preferable minimum of 6 months PAE (We would prefer someone who is Duty Lawyer Accredited or keen to become a Duty Lawyer);
- Outstanding written and verbal advocacy skills;
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills;
- Proven experience in criminal and family law;
- Knowledge of Legal Aid Queensland guidelines and processes.
- Competitive Salary + Super available to the right candidate.
- CPD Conferences.
- Immediate start available.
March 8, 2020
Today we acknowledge and celebrate International Womens Day. We are incredibly grateful for the amazing women who work at RK Law. We are blessed with the best!
To all the women in our local community and beyond, we celebrate you today and all the unique and wonderful qualities you bring to the world around you.
February 17, 2020
We love our team at RK Law and today we all had smiles on our faces as our graduate lawyer, Lachlan Robertson, was officially admitted to the legal profession.
Lachlan was sworn in as a lawyer today in the Rockhampton Supreme court, and we’re proud to say the whole RK Law team was there to cheer him on.
Well done Lachlan – we know you’ve got great things ahead of you.