Statement from Andrew Grech, Managing Director at Slater and Gordon
As Slater and Gordon has previously indicated these events occurred more than 17 years ago. None of the individuals involved remain in the employment of Slater and Gordon.
Slater and 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 and 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 and Gordon.
This statement is based on those records.
Ms Gillard worked in the industrial department of Slater and 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 and 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 and Gordon in order to campaign for the Senate.
Ms Gillard’s resignation from the firm became effective on 3 May 1996 when, Slater and Gordon understands, she commenced employment with the then Victorian Opposition leader as an advisor.
Slater and Gordon has regularly invited the Prime Minister back to the firm for events and functions.