Aussie business lawyer defends her client
Aussie entrepreneur and business acumen lawyer Heather O’Reilly has defended her client in court against a defamation lawsuit brought by her former employer.
Ms O’Donnell said she was “deeply saddened” to learn of the claims made against her by former boss Ian O’Brien in a complaint filed against her at the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday.
Ms McBride alleges she was sexually assaulted by Mr O’Briens father in a hotel room while they were both working together at the same time.
The plaintiff, who is a former manager at the New South Wales Government’s Western Sydney Centre, claims he sexually assaulted her and another woman at the facility in 2011 and 2013.
Ms McDonald said Mr OBrien is entitled to his right to a fair trial, but that she was being “severely attacked” by Mr McBride.
Ms McGowan said Ms O’Kelly was “the only person that I know who would be so brave to go on the record to defend her client”.
“She’s been a very strong advocate for my client, and she was brave to come forward to defend him,” Ms McGowan told reporters outside court.
Ms Mclaughlin said she had “no doubt” Ms OKelly would prevail in court.
“She is a very good woman,” she said.
“We are all human beings, we all make mistakes and we all get in trouble and we are human beings too.”
What I want to do is to get her a fair, legal trial, a fair hearing, she is the only person who has that right.
“Ms McBrull said she planned to appeal the decision to the High Court.”
I think she’s got to get a fair outcome.
We have a strong case, I’m confident she’s going to win,” she told reporters.
Ms McMillan said she hoped Ms O Kelly’s case would “change the mindset” of women about the risks of working for a male-dominated workplace.