Ashby’s Lawyers Say There Was No Conspiracy In Slipper Case

James Ashby’s lawyers say they are “shocked and disappointed” by the Federal Court decision in Ashby’s sexual harassment claim against the former Speaker, Peter Slipper.

Michael Harmer of Harmers Workplace Lawyers says: “We will argue strongly on appeal that the conclusions in his Honour’s judgment made about our conduct of the case are simply not justified by the evidence. Neither myself, nor this firm, are part of any conspiracy.”

Harmer said: “Politics played absolutely no role in the decision to take on James as a client.”

Text of statement from Harmers Workplace Lawyers.

Statement by Harmers Workplace Lawyers

Wednesday 12 Dec. 2012

“Whilst of course we respect the court’s decision, we are shocked and disappointed by it. We will argue strongly on appeal that the conclusions in his Honour’s judgment made about our conduct of the case are simply not justified by the evidence. Neither myself, nor this firm, are part of any conspiracy.

Harmers Workplace Lawyers has over many years assisted thousands of individual,corporate and union clients to access justice.

We have assisted James Ashby in that same way, as an individual who could not otherwise afford to run very expensive litigation in our courts.

This is the sole reason we took on James Ashby’s case. Politics played absolutely no role in the decision to take on James as a client. As I swore in my affidavit, and as recognised by his Honour in his decision, my political views are not consistent with the conservative side of politics. We are a law firm, conscious of our professional obligations, and take no role in politics.

As a firm, we will be examining all avenues to have this decision, and its comments, overturned through due judicial process.”

Michael Harmer

Harmers Workplace Lawyers

Michael is not available for further comment.

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