Corporate Crime

Corporate crime (or “white-collar crime”) refers to criminal proceedings arising out of the operations of business, usually involving allegations of dishonesty and improper transactions.

We work with clients across a broad range of corporate crime matters, including:

Unlike other criminal lawyers, Gilshenan & Luton have a recognised and specialised practice in white-collar crime.  Managing Director Glen Cranny has been listed by the independent guide to the legal profession, Doyle’s Guide, as the only pre-eminent corporate crime and regulatory investigations lawyer in Queensland. 

With a high level of financial and corporate literacy, and vast experience in defending prosecutions of this type, we are continually engaged in representing senior business people in responding to investigations and charges brought by federal and state regulators. 

If you are being investigated, or have been charged, with crimes related to corporate operations, we recommend you seek legal advice from a lawyer experienced in corporate crime matters.

Corporate criminal responsibility under review

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) completed a year-long review into corporate criminal responsibility, examining how to improve the way the law handles criminal conduct by companies. The ALRC report, entitled “Corporate Criminal Responsibility”, was tabled in the Federal Parliament on 31 August 2020. 

You can read more about the ALRC recommendations here.

Articles - Corporate Crime

Privilege against self-incrimination and the right to remain silent

Privilege against self-incrimination

The law provides a privilege (immunity) against providing information or documents which may be self-incriminating. This, alongside the right to remain silent, ensures that an accused person cannot be compelled to give evidence leading to his or her own conviction.
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When does workplace bullying constitute corrupt conduct?

When does workplace bullying constitute corrupt conduct?

The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has published a paper examining when workplace bullying reaches the legal threshold to constitute corrupt conduct under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001.
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Corporate Criminal Responsibility Review 2020

Corporate criminal responsibility under review

The long-awaited reform of Australia’s laws regarding the criminal responsibility of corporate entities (companies) is moving closer to completion. In Australia today the prosecution of companies is far less common than the prosecution of individuals, even in relation to what might be regarded as ‘white-collar’ or business-related offending.
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Legal requirements for a search warrant to be valid - Annika Smethurst v Commissioner of Police

Search warrants - what went wrong in ABC journalist Annika Smethurst's case?

Search warrants are a vital tool for police and law enforcement officers in the investigation of crimes. Given they often involve an invasion of the privacy of a person’s home, the law recognizes that such powers need to be exercised in strict accordance with legal requirements.
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