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Amber Harrison battles legal leaks


Former Seven West Media employee Amber Harrison and CEO Tim Worner.
Former Seven West Media employee Amber Harrison and CEO Tim Worner.


Former Seven West Media executive assistant Amber Harrison is fighting to have a website that has published confidential legal advice about her case taken down.

The legal advice from her former lawyers Harmers Workplace Lawyers has been posted anonymously on a website blog and paints an unflattering picture of Ms Harrison’s legal prospects and advises the former assistant to accept an offer from Seven to settle the case.

Ms Harrison, who is now represented by Julian Burnside QC, obtained an order in the Federal Court on Monday against the San Francisco owner of the blog platform to remove the publication of the leaked letter but at the time of publication the website had not complied with the request.

A hearing scheduled for late on Tuesday in the Federal Court was adjourned and it is believed Ms Harrison will seek orders from the company to find out who is behind the leak.

 Harmers – one of three or four law firms Ms Harrison has used – is owed more than $334,000 in unpaid legal fees after acting for Ms Harrison.

Seven has sued Ms Harrison for breaching a settlement agreement by making public statements about Seven and her affair and in March 2015 stopped paying her under the deal ($200,000, plus $12,500 a month for 12 months) following claims she misused the company credit card and failed to return confidential items including from a laptop.

Ms Harrison has cross-claimed and separately filed a Fair Work case in the Federal Court in Melbourne arguing that Seven breached her employment contract by failing to provide her with a safe workplace.

Seven have successfully won a decision in NSW that the case should be heard in Sydney and the Melbourne case put on hold. However, Mr Burnside is fighting to keep the Melbourne case alive and the parties have been ordered by the Melbourne Federal Court to come together for a mediation on July 1.

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