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Lawyer Nigel Munt charged with trafficking in methyl amphetamine

February 12, 2014



A FORMER high-flying lawyer now working on the Gold Coast is set to face the Supreme Court next month accused of playing a role in a major drug trafficking operation.

Nigel Munt, 42, was a director and a major shareholder of Brisbane-based personal injury law firm Trilby Misso.

The business was sold to Slater & Gordon for $57 million in 2010, and Munt's share of that was believed to be about $19 million.

Now he is charged with trafficking in methyl amphetamine, a schedule one drug, allegedly starting just over a year after the law firm sale.

If he is convicted, he could face up to 25 years in jail. It is alleged the drug trafficking was carried out at diverse places between August 24 last year and August 3 2012.

Munt and three other men were charged as a result of a joint Federal Police and Queensland Organised Crime operation.

After his arrest, Munt has been working for Gold Coast law firm Southern Gold Coast Lawyers. Queensland Law Society Documents reveal Munt has been working as a consultant of the Palm Beach-based firm.

When contacted yesterday, a spokeswoman for Southern Gold Coast Lawyers initially placed calls for Munt on hold, before claiming he no longer worked for the company.

When asked about the QLS official listing, the spokeswoman admitted Munt has been associated with the firm but "not for some time".

Munt is a father of five was educated at St Paul's School at Bald Hills. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 and in 1995 became a partner in Trilby Misso, a "no win, no fee" law firm similar to Southern Gold Coast Lawyers.

According to the company website, the Gold Coast based company specialises in personal injury, litigation and conveyancing.

The plaintiff litigation firm offers "expert legal advice" on worker's compensation injury and motor vehicle claims.

Munt has been indicted and will return to the Supreme Court of Brisbane on March 21 for a mention of his 26 charges including trafficking, supplying and producing drugs.


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Source: Legal Monitor Worldwide


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