Lisa Wilkinson will proceed her struggle to have her authorized prices paid by Community 10 after revealing she felt her employer had deserted her to face the fallout of her Logies speech alone.
The journalist and her former employer are being sued by Bruce Lehrmann over an interview with Brittany Higgins on The Mission, which he claims conveyed he raped Ms Higgins in Parliament Home in 2019.
He has persistently denied the allegations, and pleaded not responsible to a legal cost earlier than his trial was deserted resulting from juror misconduct in 2022.
Justice Michael Lee has reserved his determination within the defamation case, however Ms Wilkinson and Community 10 returned to the Federal Courtroom on Wednesday for a associated dispute over prices.
Community 10 initially accepted it was responsible for authorized charges incurred by Ms Wilkinson through the defamation go well with, that are estimated to exceed $700,000.
Nonetheless, it has since refused to pay for the presenter’s authorized charges after claiming her authorized staff carried out pointless work.
In an affidavit tendered to the court docket, Ms Wilkinson stated she was “gutted” by her employer’s “merciless” and “disingenuous” determination.
A key query within the argument is whether or not it was obligatory for Ms Wilkinson to rent a personal authorized staff when she may have been represented by the authorized staff at Community Ten.
Ms Wilkinson beforehand instructed the court docket she was compelled to rent her personal authorized staff after she misplaced religion within the in-house counsel.
She claimed Community 10 failed to simply accept its function in creating and approving the now-infamous Logies speech she made in 2022, which attracted intense criticism and induced a three-month delay in Mr Lehrmann’s legal trial.
Ms Wilkinson stated the fallout left her “begging” her employer to disclose their authorized recommendation relating to the speech, however it was saved secret underneath the cloak of authorized skilled privilege.
Community 10 has not accepted that it was obligatory for Ms Wilkinson to acquire separate authorized illustration.
The argument can be heard earlier than Justice Michael Lee on Wednesday.