by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.B
Real Estate Lawyer
Qualified Practising Conveyancer Victoria
Director Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd
The Australian Financial Review has today published an article which reports my “conviction” for misleading conduct. This conviction has now been quashed – by me.
Like Mark Twain, who was forced to declare publicly that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated, I am now forced to declare that reports of my having been “convicted in the Victoria Supreme Court” have been similarly exaggerated. To be quite clear about it, they are false.
Today’s Australian Financial Review (the Property section, not the Legal section), carries an article by property journalist Rebecca Thisleton in which the above false and defamatory statement appears. In fact, the matter was a civil proceeding, brought by Consumer Affairs Victoria in order to determine whether a lawyer who negotiates the sale or purchase of real estate on behalf of consumers is in breach of the Estate Agents Act.
I will now publish a series of blog posts, giving the background to the campaign waged against me by Dr. Noone, Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria on behalf of real estate agents, and explaining how her failure to properly regulate the real estate industry has given rise to my crusade to bring change and to advance the cause of real estate consumers generally.
My first posting will be a report on the background to the matter, and the strategies that led to its being put before the Supreme Court of Victoria.
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