- Gold Coast criminal lawyer Campbell MacCallum has taken up boxing
- The high-profile lawyer represents a lot of bikies and rugby league players
- He said boxing was a way of coping with the pressure of his stressful job
A heavily-tattooed lawyer who represents prominent bikies and rugby league players on the Gold Coast has turned to boxing to help with the mental stress of his job.
In a candid Facebook post, criminal lawyer Campbell MacCallum admitted that the ‘mayhem’ attached with living on the Gold Coast was weighing him down mentally.
The muscle-bound lawyer, who has represented some of Queensland’s most notorious underworld mobsters, stressed the importance of ‘keeping the body busy’.
Training with three-time world champion and Olympian boxer Mick Katsidis, Mr MacCallum will square up for a charity bout on November 25 in Toowoomba.
Heavily-tattooed Gold Coast lawyer Campbell MacCallum (left, with ex-Olympian boxer) has turned to boxing to deal with the stresses of his job
The muscle-bound lawyer (pictured) has represented some of Queensland’s most notorious underworld mobsters and bikie figures
He admitted that the ‘mayhem’ attached with living on the Gold Coast was weighing him down mentally (pictured representing a personal trainer accused of supplying a drug to a client that led to his death in 2015)
‘No one is bulletproof and I started to realise mentally I was becoming fairly exhausted,’ Mr MacCallum said
‘I see men everyday (sic) in my profession some stable and others who appear fine but are clearly suffering turmoil inside,’ Mr MacCallum wrote online.
‘Keep your mind and body busy boys. The struggle is real but there are ways to combat it … it ain’t weak to speak.’
In 2015, it was Mr MacCallum who represented four of the five Titans players caught up in the cocaine ring scandal – including Greg Bird and and Dave Taylor.
The bulky 42-year-old, who is a partner at Moloney MacCallum Lawyers, also spoke up about the ‘draconian’ anti-bikie legislation that was brought in during 2013.
‘We’re in a situation where there is a lot of power given to the police, especially the prosecutors,’ he told reporters in 2014 after his client’s bail application was adjourned following allegations by police that his client was a Bandido.
‘Not just so-called bikies are getting caught up in this. It’s also citizens charged with normal offences who are getting caught up in this draconian legislation.’
The bulky 42-year-old, who is a partner at Moloney MacCallum Lawyers, was an amateur bodybuilding champion in his youth
The maverick defence lawyer has also represented Sam Barnett, the son of Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett, and a handful of other high-profile ex-sportsmen.
Speaking to the Gold Coast Bulletin, he said it was difficult to speak about mental health amidst expectations of being a ‘macho, manly’ personality.
‘Over the last two to three years I had been feeling the pressure of intense work situations coupled with intense private life matters,’ he said.
‘No one is bulletproof and I started to realise mentally I was becoming fairly exhausted.
‘I thought unless something was done I didn’t want to be statistic, turning to alcohol abuse or other things a lot of people turn to self-medicate.’
Pictured is a memento given to Mr MacCallum by one of his ‘gangster’ clients
Mr MacCallum spoke up about the anti-bikie legislation that was brought in during 2013