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Rayney no-show at stabbing case
Lloyd Rayney outside court last week. Picture: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian

Barrister Lloyd Rayney did not attend a court hearing this morning for a fatal stabbing case he had reportedly taken on days after his murder acquittal.

A weekend newspaper reported that Mr Rayney - who was last Thursday cleared of involvement in his estranged wife Corryn's2007 death - would start work immediately on two cases this week, including accused man Duran Leonard Nepean who was charged over a fatal stabbing.

But this morning, Mr Nepean's lawyer Richard Lawson said Mr Rayney had not confirmed he would take on the barrister role in the case and had only indicated he was interested.

"I asked him if he wanted to do it. I didn't officially brief him," Mr Lawson said. "The offer was on the tables todo this. He hasn't got back to me.... I don't know who the barrister is going to be right now."

"He said he was interested but that's up to him," Mr Lawson said.

Mr Lawson said his client would be happy to be represented by Mr Rayney.

"I was keen to have Mr Rayney on board," he said. "I have used him before and in my professional relationship with him he's a very good barrister and I am quite pleased with the results I get with him and I will continue to use him."

Mr Rayney had, through consent, had been restricted from practising in jury trials while he the wilful murder trial was a foot.

Mr Rayney's lawyer Laura Timpano today confirmed her client had not been briefed on the two cases.

She declined to comment on what Mr Rayney's plans were for his legal career.

A statement was issued by the the Legal Practice Board of WA saying that the condition preventing Mr Rayney from conduting trial in front of a jury "was to remain in force until the until his trial for the murder of his wife was determined".

It is understood that the the question of whether that condition has now fallen away following the verdict is a legal question yet to be decided by the board.

The Legal Practice Board of WA's statement said it will also now consider the judgment that was handed down in the wilful murder trial and which included criticism of Mr Rayney's credibility along with criticism of police behaviour during the Corryn Rayney murder investigation.

Justice Brian Martin had found in his judgment that Mr Rayney had engaged in “discreditable conduct”, which included lying under oath, falsely claiming legal professional privilege and illegal phone tapping.