by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate firstname.lastname@example.org
My friend and colleague Judy Teitzel died shortly before Christmas last year. She was only 45 years of age. Few lawyers would be as outraged on behalf of disadvantaged clients, as solicitor Judy once was, to accuse a government of “gutter tactics”.
Even fewer would, as Judy once did, describe a Fair Trading Minister as the minister for “unfair trading”. No wonder, when the Beattie Government in 2002 retrospectively changed the law to prevent scammed property investors claiming compensation from a statutory fund, this battler for the battlers was vilified under parliamentary privilege by the same minister.
Although, according to the long-gone minister, she had smeared the reputation of the her profession, Brisbane-based Judy Teitzel was respected and well-regarded as an outspoken lawyer of integrity by her colleagues, by the media and by many ordinary folk.