Nasir Hanafi of Lion Legal Successfully Appeals: Charge Dismissed

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Sydney solicitor, Nas Hanafi (Nasir Hanafi), of Lion Legal, has successfully appealed the larceny conviction handed down by Magistrate Pierce in July 2013.  The Appeal was heard by, His Honour, Judge Haesler in the District Court in November 2013 and His Honour dismissed the charge and recorded no conviction.

The matter arose from the an incident at a Barrister's Chambers Christmas function in November 2012 where Nas Hanafi threw another guest's purse and passport case into a bin outside as he believed they contained an illicit substance.

His Honour, Judge Haesler, in dismissing the charge, found that Nas Hanafi was not seeking to steal the items or gain any personal advantage by what he did. His Honour noted that there was immediate restitution by Nas Hanafi and said as follows:

“Mr Hanafi is a man of good fame and character.  A solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.  The allegations against him make little sense...he has done everything possible to remedy the situation....Mr Hanafi is not a dishonest man...he is not a thief...the absence of personal advantage certainly is a matter that can also be taken into account...He is a person who I believe can be trusted with other people's money and belongings and possessions...” 

Nas Hanafi was represented by Lion Legal.  Barrister, Mr Joshua Grew, of Edmund Barton Chambers, in Sydney's MLC Centre, was briefed on the Appeal.  Mr Grew who practices in criminal matters, at the first instance and at the appellate level, is also an accredited and experienced mediator with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA).

The Law Society of New South Wales have made it clear that they consider that Nas Hanafi is entitled to practice unrestricted and unhindered in any way.
Nasir Hanafi at the steps of the Downing Centre Court

Nasir Hanafi at the steps of the Downing Centre Court

Lion Legal 
Lion Legal has been operating in the Sydney CBD for 8 years.  

Nas Hanafi is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales and appears for clients in both civil and criminal matters. He also undertakes transactional matters such as conveyancing, wills and business law.  Nas Hanafi also lectures and tutors in Corporate Law at the University of Western Sydney.

Useful Links:
​Law Society of New South Wales: https://www.lawsociety.com.au
Local Court of New South Wales: http://www.localcourt.lawlink.nsw.gov.au
District Court of New South Wales: http://www.districtcourt.lawlink.nsw.gov.au
Supreme Court of New South Wales: http://www.supremecourt.lawlink.nsw.gov.au
New South Wales Bar Association: http://www.nswbar.asn.au
University of Western Sydney: http://www.uws.edu.au
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