Inside the allegations against high-profile lawyer
CAMPBELL MacCallum is the second criminal lawyer at his Southport-based firm to be charged as part of a long running investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
Mr MacCallum, one of the Gold Coast most well-known solicitors, was on Monday charged with possession of dangerous drugs.
The CCC has been investigating the high-profile law firm Moloney MacCallum Abdelshahied Lawyers for months.
In a text message to the Bulletin on Wednesday, Mr MacCallum said: "I'm all right. I face things front on. I eventually had to come to work. May as well today."
The message was followed by a man-shrugging emoji.
Mr MacCallum's lawyer Bill Potts, of Potts Lawyers, said they were still gathering evidence and declined to comment further.
He was charged with perjury and making a false declaration. Irving denies any wrongdoing.
Irving started work with the firm on the Gold Coast before moving to run the Ipswich office.
At the time of his charge Mr MacCallum launched an internal investigation and said he was taking the matter "very seriously". Irving has since left the company.
"The alleged offences have no connection to our firm nor his conduct as a lawyer … notwithstanding the alleged offences were not done in the course of his employment nor have any connection to our firm," Mr MacCallum said at the time.
Mr MacCallum told the Bulletin after Irving had been charged that a warrant was issued on the firm for documents.
They hand-delivered a number of files in March.
The firm's former staff, clients and current staff have been questioned by authorities.
The focus has been unclear.
The CCC declined to comment on Wednesday.
Mr MacCallum has made a name for himself after representing a number of high-profile clients, including double murderer Lionel Patea, members of the Barbaro family and professional rugby league players.
Police prosecutors have told the Bulletin about their professional opinion of the criminal lawyer, known for his tactics and "stunts" in the courtroom.
He argued the consorting notice issues was incorrectly given, forcing the State Government to appeal to the Supreme Court.
The lawyer also brought police conduct under scrutiny in July last year when he defended Jeffrey Andrew Willis. Willis was charged with hindering an ambulance officer and public nuisance.
He was at the scene where his best friend Noah Fellows had fallen from a balcony. Police tasered Willis after he behaved in a distressed manner.
Mr Fellows later died.
"Police turn up and they completely escalate the situation and aggravate a person who is clearly emotional and under stress," Mr MacCallum said at the time.
"That's when it becomes dangerous in these situations."
Heavily tattooed and with a muscular build, Mr MacCallum is a well-established part of the Southport courthouse.
Known for sharp suits, matching his glasses frames to his outfit and a love of pink ties, Mr MacCallum is considered one of the more flamboyant lawyers.
Mr MacCallum has used a Louis Vuitton phone case. He is known to have his suits tailored and get a haircut in his office.
In 2018 the firm stopped doing work for Legal Aid clients, instead choosing to focus on high-profile clients including bikies, professional sports people and Instagram models.
His own Instagram has placed him in the spotlight, including posting photos of himself wearing a pink cowboy hat and shorts. He has also posted pictures with his arms around clients.
On Instagram seven weeks ago Mr MacCallum posted a picture of himself and client Harley Barbaro, an alleged Mongols bikie gang member, with the caption: "Someone has to defend our rights. We will do it on our own."
With offices just across from court, it is not unusual to see Mr MacCallum, and an entourage from his firm, walk clients from their office to court.
The firm has been engaged in a strong marketing campaign on social media urging people not to speak to police.
Their business cards proclaim in all capital letters: "Don't speak to the police."
Even those cards are controversial - made out of a strong metal.
Former partner of the firm, Andrew Moloney became a magistrate in 2017.
Attempts to contact Mr MacCallum's current business partner Antontonious Abdelshahied were unsuccessful.
Mr MacCallum attended the prestigious Nudgee College and tried a professional rugby career in the UK before returning to practice law.
Originally published as Inside the allegations against high-profile lawyer