Slater and Gordon - the last payee on the Workplace Reform Association's cheque for $67,000 - Ralph Blewitt's amazing windfall!
Many thanks to SteveJ and Marmion for their substantial contributions to this post.
On the afternoon of 19 July 1996 Bill Ludwig's lawyer Brian Kilmartin (from Sciacca and Co) phoned Susan Grant of Slater and Gordon's finance department.
Two days later on 24 July 1996 Peter Gordon spoke with Kilmartin.
On 30 July, Geoff Shaw attended a conference with a solicitor from Victorian legal practitioners professional indemnity insurance provider - Geoff Masel of Phillips Fox.
This list describes the Kerr Street related receipts, ledgers and cheque details that Shaw took to the meeting.
On that same day, Shaw spoke to Kilmartin.
On 5 August Shaw sent the Slater and Gordon financial ledgers for the Blewitt conveyance and mortgage to Kilmartin.
That same day, Kilmartin wrote to Shaw effecting service of a Subpoena for the Blewitt conveyance and mortgage files.
And here's the issue that both SteveJ and Marmion raised with me in separate emails over the past few days.
It relates to this handwritten note.
Trust Receipt last payee.
I'll let StevenJ take it from here.
The thought occurred to me that it would be unusual for a solicitor from Brisbane to be ringing someone in the accounts department of a solicitor in Melbourne.
That wouldn’t normally occur unless it related to a current matter and involved some fund transfers.
The call was obviously about the Kerr St transaction and in particular the $67k. Something that had happened 3½ years previously and in which Sciacca’s had only one involvement we know of.
How did he have the name “Susan Grant”.
Could this have been the person to whom the fax was addressed?
Any chance of tracking her down?
Also it looks to me like the handwritten note says “trust receipt last payee” with last crossed out.
Looks like this list is what Gordon wants a subpoena from Kilmartin about.
A payee is of course the person to whom payment is directed.
A trust receipt would evidence a payment directed to S&G trust a/c. It is a receipt to the payer not the payee.
The note seems to indicate some understanding that there was a chain of payees before it hit the S&G trust a/c.
I have said before that the Sciacca’s fax must have been along the lines of “the WRA owed Blewitt and paid him by cheque which he then endorsed to S&G trust a/c and arranged a direct deposit”.
Again it has always really been about how did Sciaccas get involved and who instructed them. It has to have come from Wilson and how did he get the name of the person in accounts that it had to be directed to.
Can only have been JEG or NOB.
Marmion was on the same page as Steve.