Council lawyer gives thanks



COUNCIL's lawyer Tony Smith says he is "delightfully surprised" with a decision by Tweed Shire's administrators which clears him of any wrong-doing in his defence of sacked councillors.

Mr Smith had been fiercely criticised by the commissioner of last year's public inquiry into the council, Professor Maurice Daly, for the way he defended the council, suggesting he had breached the conditions of his retainer and favoured pro-development councillors.

But the three council administrators last week cleared Mr Smith and his company Stacks the Law Firm concluding "that Stacks at all times took instructions from either the general manager or the mayor and thus acted reasonably and within the scope of their retainer".

"I'm glad we can now move on and put it to bed and get on with our legal work which is all we want to do," Mr Smith said yesterday.

"As an advocate you just get on and do your job. Being a tough advocate is what it's all about. You just fight for whatever cause your client wants you to fight for.

"I'm certaily very grateful to the administrators.

"Whenever your good name is attacked by someone, it leaves a nasty taste. And there's always a bit of stress on your family and friends."



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