An Australian lawyer has been charged with growing a cannabis farm on his property, according to various news reports.

It has been widely reported that Sydney lawyer Phillip Manwarring was arrested after police raided his property and seized a large cannabis crop. But a police spokeswoman would not verify the arrested man’s identity so Manwarring could, of course, be entirely blameless.

The police spokeswoman did confirm to RollOnFriday that officers charged a 49 year old man for cultivating “a commercial quantity” of cannabis, after finding “a number of cannabis plants” on his property, and that the man will appear in court next month. 

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“Law rather appeals to me actually”.  

Manwarring was in the news two years ago, when he was accused by a female neighbour of secretly filming her while she exercised at home, by using a camera attached to a large selfie-stick. At the time, Manwarring told RollOnFriday that the claims by his neighbour were “false and hurtful”, and that he had been filming her property to check building works in their apartment block.

Manwarring was the Head of Legal at Gresham, a fund management business in Sydney, back then. Gresham did not respond to repeated requests from RollOnFriday as to whether Manwarring was still an employee or had left the company. 

If the allegations about the cannabis collection turn out to be true, Manwarring would not be the first lawyer to be busted for a dodgy take on The Good Life. And he may want to check if these lawyers are available for advice (and a song).


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