Amber. Not happy with the way she’s been treated by Seven. ‘Fighting like a girl’ and taking no prisoners

Ms Harrison- fought a good fight and brought Seven Media’s boys club to account

Amber Harrison’s next step is to find a good lawyer so she can go legally bankrupt in a way Seven Media get nothing.

And Amber should refrain from commenting on the matter, lest she get’s in even more trouble.

Amber can sleep peacefully tonight, knowing that in the past eight months she’s given Kerry Stokes, Tim Worner and Secen Media and awesome run for their money.

Sydney Morning Herald

Amber Harrison ordered to pay Seven’s legal costs after feud with CEO Tim Worner

Michaela Whitbourn

  • Michaela Whitbourn

Amber Harrison, a former executive assistant at Seven, has been at the centre of an ugly court battle with the company since she went public in December last year with embarrassing details of her 18-month affair with Mr Worner.

In a judgment delivered on Monday, Justice John Sackar said Ms Harrison’s conduct had been “unreasonable” and it was “necessary and appropriate” to order her to pay Seven’s costs on an indemnity basis, which is higher than the costs typically awarded in legal disputes and would cover its entire bill.

The costs are likely to be in the order of hundreds of thousands of dollars.LINK

“These proceedings have, from the outset, been engulfed in a vitriolic atmosphere,” Justice Sackar said.

“The allegations from both sides, whether entirely true or not, have often been personal, scandalous, and sadly ripe for media and public consumption.”

Justice Sackar said “numerous epithets” had been used to describe Ms Harrison and her motivations but he did not “feel the need to join in the histrionics”.

Seven took her to court in February seeking a gag order holding her to those agreements, after she set up a Twitter account to air her grievances.

Justice Sackar said Ms Harrison filed a cross-claim against Seven in March “mounted on allegations she could not substantiate” and continued to run that case in the face of adverse preliminary orders, settlement offers and “a complete lack of evidence”.

The Supreme Court granted a temporary gag order against Ms Harrison in February and the parties were due to fight it out last week as Seven sought to make the order permanent.

But Ms Harrison capitulated at the 11th hour and said she would agree to the court making a permanent gag order.

Justice Sackar said Ms Harrison had been given “every opportunity” to bring the court case to an end and it was a “pity” she had not agreed to the orders at an earlier stage.

He said it was clear Ms Harrison had “engaged in numerous breaches” of a deed of release signed in November 2014 and her employment contract, “and these breaches have been persistent and flagrant”.

He rejected her argument she was no longer bound by the deed because Seven had suspended payments to her, noting that she had not complied with her obligations to hand over electronic devices and records.

In a statement delivered to the court last week, Ms Harrison said Seven had waged a “brutal, unnecessary [and] protracted” legal battle against her and a costs order would “drive me into bankruptcy”.

She had argued that Seven should be forced to foot its own bill.

The media company had offered to settle the proceedings on February 27 but Ms Harrison “did not take up this offer”, Justice Sackar said.

He rejected her argument that an indemnity costs order would amount to punishing her for “taking a stand” and said it was an appropriate order to “compensate [Seven] … for the unreasonable costs incurred in these proceedings”.

Justice Sackar said Ms Harrison’s statements to the media were a “clear breach” of her obligations to remain silent, and she had also breached an agreement not to take legal action against the company.

He ordered Ms Harrison to return all company property by July 17 and made a series of declarations that she had breached her obligations under the deed of release she signed before leaving the company.”