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Press Council was mislead by Slater and Gordon over Mark Baker article in The Age

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IN September 2013 the Press Council upheld a complaint by Slater and Gordon over Mark Baker's stories published in The Age and SMH.

The news report

Slater & Gordon complained that two statements in the report inaccurately and unfairly implied it was concealing the existence of a file about incorporation of the association and preventing or delaying release of the file to a person who was entitled to it (namely, the alleged client, Mr  Ralph Blewitt ). The first statement was that another law firm had been “pressing Slater & Gordon for more than a month” to enable Mr Blewitt “to gain access to the association incorporation file”. The second statement was that a former lawyer had “accused the firm of stalling” in providing access to the file.

The firm said that the journalist should have given it an opportunity to comment before the material was published. It said the journalist would then have been informed that it did not hold any files about incorporation of the association and the only documentation it knew of about the matter had been created by Ms Gillard and was not recorded by her in the firm’s system or held by it. 

"The only documentation Slater and Gordon knew of had been created by Gillard and was not held by the firm". Right.

In May 2013 the police raid turned up quite a bit of evidence about the file.

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Here is a selection of internal Slater and Gordon file notes.

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The great tragedy is that WA detectives were within days of executing a search warrant authorising them to seize documents from Slater and Gordon in Melbourne - when the WA DPP canned the investigation and prosecution.

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