Lawyer to 'zealously' defend fraud charges

A high-profile solicitor accused of taking cash payments under the table has been barred from contacting witnesses, with a magistrate likening it to an alleged rapist having a "cup of tea" with a complainant.

High-profile Brisbane solicitor Michael Bosscher will "zealously" defend fraud allegations.

High-profile Brisbane solicitor Michael Bosscher will "zealously" defend fraud allegations.

Michael Bosscher, 48, was on Saturday charged by Queensland's corruption watchdog with aggravated fraud and eight counts of fraudulent falsification of records.

The Crime and Corruption Commission said the charges arose from an ongoing investigation into suspected criminal activity within elements of the state's legal profession.

Bosscher had been due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court next Thursday but the case was unexpectedly brought forward.

His lawyer Ken Mackenzie sought to change Bosscher's bail conditions to allow the solicitor to contact three clients and a former employee.

But that application was rejected by Magistrate Suzette Coates because they are prosecution witnesses.

"It would be like a person charged with rape going over to have a little cup of tea with the complainant," Ms Coates said on Wednesday.

The court heard the employee Bosscher sought to contact, solicitor Samantha Breach, resigned from the firm on Monday.

"She's fled the coop, she's not under the Bosscher wing any more," Ms Coates said.

Court documents show Bosscher is prohibited from contacting four other lawyers including his former business partner Tim Meehan, who is serving a five-and-a-half-year jail sentence for fraud and falsifying records.

His bail restrictions mean he also cannot contact a total of 42 clients who allegedly paid their legal fees in cash but whose payments police claim are not reflected in the firm's trust accounting software.

Police allege Bosscher's fraudulent behaviour occurred between November 2011 and September 2016, and that the solicitor also fraudulently produced unsigned cost agreements and tax invoices in 2015.

"These charges will be defended and defended zealously," Mr Mackenzie said outside court.

The case will return to court on December 18.

Meanwhile, a 32-year-old man and a 29-year-old man are still expected to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on November 23 after the CCC also charged them with fraud.

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