The Law Institute Journal of Victoria of February, 1996 records Bernard Murphy's resignation as a partner from Slater and Gordon. It's silent on Ms Gillard.
Thanks to reader KC for this important piece of history.
A search yesterday of the monthly Law Institute Journals for the period from July 1995 to December 1996 turned up the notice of resignation of Bernard Murphy from Slater & Gordon, which was published in the Journal of February 1996. See attached.
No similar notice was found for Julia Gillard over the same period.