Prominent Perth lawyer fights practice ban

A high profile barrister who had his practicing certificate cancelled over conduct prior to the death of his wife is seeking to appeal the decision.

Prominent Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney will fight the Legal Practice Board’s decision to cancel his practise certificate.

The board found Rayney had intentionally disposed of dictaphones relevant to a police investigation into the murder of his wife in 2007.  Rayeny had also arranged the installation of telephone interception equipment in his home, the ABC reported yesterday.

Rayney was cleared in May of unlawfully intercepting his landline to record his wife’s conversations before her murder, but was advised that his practice certificate had been cancelled by the board.  Rayney was cleared of murdering his wife in 2012, after she went missing after her weekly line dancing class and was found buried at Kings Park in August 2007.

Rayney will now seek a review in the State Administrative Tribunal, most likely to be heard in September or November this year, according to his lawyer Martin Bennett.

He is still in the process of suing the state over alleged defamatory statements made by police a month after his wife was killed.

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