SLATER & GORDON TO THE RESCUE!
... crooks need the best crooked lawyers
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Labor and corrupt unions’ favourite corrupt law firm, Slater & Gordon, is under an ongoing ASIC investigation concerning a, a’hem, “book-keeping error” totalling $90 million.
Its share price has dropped sixty per cent, from $7.85 to $2.96, under heavy selling after it admitted it had “made mistakes” in the reporting of cash receipts from its UK venture. (It recovered marginally today to $3.41 after earnings rose 21 per cent to $121.6 million.)
Under ACTU instructions, Slater & Gordon is currently attacking Commissioner Heydon trying to prevent him unearthing more union corruption leading right up to the Opposition leader’s doorstep.
Slater & Gordon, headed by Andrew Gretch (pictured), is a rat’s nest of dirty deals and client rip-offs that had its genesis in the Gillard/Wilson scandal that saw a frantic exodus of partners and senior partners scurrying from the firm.
One of its disbarred lawyers, bankrupt Mr Russell Keddie was found guilty of overcharging his clients $23 million. Other partners, Scott Roulstone and Tony Barakat, who are also facing bankruptcy, were ordered to repay $15 million.
It was also ruled Keddie must repay his clients the scammed amounts but it was found he had transferred his $3.7 million Sydney home in Double Bay and a $2.7 million Bungan Beach house to his wife, Sarah Key.
There was also a London property in the upmarket suburb of Paddington, which Mr Keddie forgot to mention on his assets declaration form and a little matter of a $60,000 Range Rover, along with $700,000 from the sale of cattle, and $400,000 in his self-managed super fund.
It was estimated the best his clients could hope for was a settlement of 22 cents in the dollar.
Slater & Gordon and its junior partner in crime Maurice Blackburn have been the stopping off point for Juliar Gillard, Adam Bandt, Bill Shorten, Nicola Roxon and many other Labor notables on their way to pre-selection for safe Labor seats.
Both companies use the dishonest “no win, no fee” slogan that catches many a poor and disabled person in the compensation net.
The truth is that a win is a win only for the law firm and often any payout is entirely usurped in outrageous lawyers’ charges. The myriad stories are sickening.
If a compensation case is lost the law firm can’t charge its client but the winning side’s costs then become the responsibility of the disabled client.
The “no win, no fee” law firm simply walks away leaving its destitute client to face bankruptcy.
So a corrupt Slater & Gordon is ideally placed to represent the ACTU and its corrupt Labor unions in attempting to have a Royal Commission shut down and the integrity of an honest Commissioner trashed.
Was he getting too close to the truth?