Landmark Cases

Employer Charged with Indecent Assault

Trial Advocate – Manny Conditsis Solicitor – Natasha Konic Employer Charged with Indecently Assaulting One of His Female Staff An employer was charged with indecently assaulting one of his female staff. At the trial, there were many problems with the credibility of the female staff member. After she gave her evidence and before she was…

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Council Against Land Owner

Mr Rodney Dawson acted to defend a prosecution brought by the Council against a land owner for demolishing a building without consent. If convicted, the land owner could have faced substantial fines. The defence to the prosecution was that the act of demolishing a building was not development requiring consent, but rather it was prohibited…

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Council Development Refusal Overturned

Rodney Dawson Mr Dawson appeared for a land owner of rural land who wished to build a dwelling house upon that land. The land was heavily treed and subject to a Development Control Plan which placed restrictions on where a house could be built. The Council refused development consent alleging, amongst other things, that the…

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Objectors Against Development

Rodney Dawson Mr Dawson has appeared for a number of objectors against substantial residential development in coastal areas on the Central Coast. In the main; these cases involve the loss of views by residents and a loss of amenity through overshadowing, noise and other issues related to high density living. A number of challenges were…

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Man Charged with Murder and Maliciously Wounding

Trial Advocate – Manny Conditsis Man Charged with Murder and Maliciously Wound after wild brawl Numerous Co-Accused faced a 5 month trial in the Supreme Court and whilst they were acquitted of murder they were all found guilty of manslaughter and are serving lengthy sentences of imprisonment. Our client was charged with the murder of…

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Dazed Stranger Found in House with Drugs

Trial Advocate – Manny Conditsis Dazed Stranger Found in House, Allegedly in Possession of Ecstasy Pills for Supply A bizarre case where our client was found dazed and confused in a strangers house, having a shower in the early hours of the morning. Not surprisingly our client asked to leave the premises and he did…

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Dean Waters Trial

In 1997, the public’s national attention focused on the firm as a result of a successful verdict given in the highly publicised “Dean Waters Case”. The accused, Dean Waters, was one of three brothers who were all famous boxers in their own right and who were trained by their father, Ces Waters. Together they formed…

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Dangerous Driving Causing Death

Trial Advocate – Manny Conditsis Solicitor – Natasha Konic A young man was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a motorcyclist, when the collision occurred with his car being on the wrong side of the road. If he had been convicted he would have gone to gaol for some years. Manny Conditsis strongly…

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Family Law Appeal Won

Manny Conditsis The firm took over a Family Law case after the man had appeared for himself at a hearing in front of a Judge of the Family Court, when the Judge made unfavourable orders against the man. An appeal was lodged on behalf of the man to the Full Court of the Family Court…

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Conspiracy to Import Methamphetamine

Trial Advocate – Manny Conditsis The Australian Federal Police (AFP) charged 5 co-accused with conspiring to import 40kg of the powder into Australia by ship from Europe. Manny Conditsis represented one of the accused, who worked on the wharves at Port Botany. Each of the other co-accused were represented by separate trial lawyers. The AFP…

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Gosford Criminal Advocate Receives Top Pro Bono Award

President of the Law Society of NSW, Justin Dowd, has congratulated Gosford criminal advocate Manny Conditsis, recipient of the Law Society President’s Award announced as part of the 2012 Justice Awards last night. The Law Society President’s Award is presented to an individual solicitor for pro bono work undertaken through the Law Society Pro Bono…

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Battered Spouse Murder Defence

Trial Advocate – Manny Conditsis A battered spouse was charged with the stabbing murder of her husband, although she had no recollection of and did not believe that she committed the offence. After a six week trial in the Supreme Court, the jury acquitted our client, likely on the basis of self defense. This case…

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Possession and Intended Manufacture of Drugs

Possession of Powder and Intended Manufacture of Methylamphetamine A very difficult 2 month trial won against all odds! A significant quantity of pseudoephedrine powder and precursors such as Hypophosphorous Acid was allegedly found on our client’s premises by police. Manny Conditsis and Natahsa Konic spent many hours pouring over the police video of the execution…

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Indecent Assault and Rape

An elderly man was charged with alleged sexual offences. We were able to satisfy the jury that the complainant had ulterior motives in making the complaints and Manny Conditsis and Natasha Konic spent many hours pouring over loads of documents that we had subpoenaed. The documents established that the complainant had told a series of…

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Man Charged with the Rape of a Woman

Trial Advocate – Manny Conditsis Solicitor – Natasha Konic A man was charged with the rape of a woman. The man said that the sex was consensual. After the cross examination of the woman, and the man, Manny Conditsis asked the judge to invite the jury to acquit our client without the jury hearing all…

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Man Charged with Malicious Wounding

Trial Advocate – Manny Conditsis Solicitor – Natasha Konic A man was charged with the malicious wounding of another man causing him grievous bodily harm. If the man had been convicted he would have gone to jail for a long time. The man was found on the victim’s property, in the early hours of the…

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When should provocation be accepted as legitimate self-defence in a murder trial?

ON July 3, 2001, Scott Tindall sat in a chair in an Adamstown flat for 10 or 15 minutes, smoked a cigarette, decided “I just couldn’t take any more” and raised a hammer above his older brother Donald’s head, striking his skull up to 11 times. It was five months after Donald was acquitted of…

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