Victoria Police and barrister turned informer Nicola Gobbo have accepted some wrongdoing in the Lawyer X scandal, as lawyers say it's no surprise individuals try to take cover.
In submissions released last month, counsel assisting suggested Commissioner Margaret McMurdo find individual officers and Ms Gobbo may have committed criminal offences in the criminal lawyer acting as a police informer.
The legal team, made up of Chris Winneke QC, Andrew Woods and Megan Tittensor, then faced claims of bias, and that some witnesses called to give evidence before the inquiry had been denied procedural fairness.
In their response to the allegations, released on Monday, the three lawyers noted Ms Gobbo had accepted she engaged in acts to pervert the course of justice, individual officers accepted serious mistakes were made and Victoria Police admitted systemic failures.
But they said those parties sought to walk a delicate tightrope, characterising their acceptance as hindsight reasoning or suggestions of confirmation bias.
They also pointed to the accusations of apprehended bias and attacks on their impartiality.
"One cannot help but be concerned that such complaints are made, at least in part, to elide individual responsibility and attempt to frame public opinion and diminish the findings and recommendations of this commission," they said.
It should come as no surprise to Ms Gobbo and some current and former officers that their conduct has come under close scrutiny and called for serious criticism, they said.
Ms McMurdo's final report after the inquiry, which has run for more than 12 months, is due to be released on November 30.
"The submissions included contentions that I should find various named current and former Victoria Police officers and Ms Nicola Gobbo may have committed criminal offences," Ms McMurdo said last month.
"I decided not to make findings in my final report, which will be publicly available, that any named individuals may have committed criminal offences."