Statement regarding the employment of Prime Minister Gillard

Statement from Andrew Grech, Managing Director at Slater & Gordon

As Slater & Gordon has previously indicated these events occurred more than 17 years ago. None of the individuals involved remain in the employment of Slater & Gordon.

Slater & Gordon has previously made clear it will continue to uphold the right of former and existing clients and staff to confidentiality in respect of all communications.

Slater & Gordon is only able to make comment on the basis of records it now holds.

In that context, the firm has received permission from the Prime Minister, Ms Gillard, a former salaried partner, to set out details of her employment history with Slater & Gordon.

This statement is based on those records.

Ms Gillard worked in the industrial department of Slater & Gordon in 1988 through to 1995.

During that time Ms Gillard acted for a wide variety of trade unions and individuals in employment related matters including various branches of the AWU from 1991 until 1995.

Upon the Slater & Gordon partnership learning of what has been described as the AWU/Bruce Wilson allegations in August 1995, it conducted an internal legal review as it would do, and has done, whenever any such allegations might be made.

Ms Gillard co-operated fully with the internal review and denied any wrong doing.

The review found nothing which contradicted the information provided by Ms Gillard at the time in relation to the AWU/Bruce Wilson allegations and which she has stated consistently since the allegations were first raised.

In September 1995 Ms Gillard took a leave of absence from Slater & Gordon in order to campaign for the Senate.

Ms Gillard’s resignation from the firm became effective on 3 May 1996 when, Slater & Gordon understands, she commenced employment with the then Victorian Opposition leader as an advisor.

Slater & Gordon has regularly invited the Prime Minister back to the firm for events and functions.

Like a number of other notable former lawyers a meeting room in the Melbourne office is named in recognition of her achievements.

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