Fake lawyer admonished but avoids jail

Legal admissions agencies in Australia are on the lookout for fraudsters practicing law after Alexander Stuart Pinnock, also known as Alec Stuart was sentenced to a fine and a community corrections order.

Mr Stuart conned clients holding himself out as a lawyer, Mr Pinnock declared he had been admitted on 5 January 2020. This was not true.

Mr Pinnock created a false NSW Practising certificate and Certificate of Good Standing, which were used to apply for a practising certificate in Queensland.

He also falsely declared that he was the holder of a current NSW practising certificate in order to obtain a NSW Law Society membership card for those who hold practising certificates.

He pleaded guilty to these charges and relied on mental health grounds to avoid prison. Won’t do a lot to help the clients who relied on him but were conned.

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