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Barrister Catherine Gleeson scurries away

Update of the battle over the JA Mentoring women’s project WJN takeover by corporate lawyers.

It went to the District Court this morning 21st November. WJN was represented by a barrister Catherine Gleeson who is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Bar Council. with a solicitor. They might be high-powered but we blew them away. Right against might! See the photo of them scurrying away.

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Our case is around the invoice we served on them last year to return the loans we had given them. They say our loans were all gifts and they had no obligation once they got their regular funding. Kat’s work creating the organisation, her loans to it and her work as CEO, accounts, mentoring coordinator for no wage, they repaid by calling the police and doing their best to destroy her. They refused to talk to anyone to resolve the situation. Their star ex-prisoner/worker/lawyer. Shame!

Last night we exchanged emails in preparation. See below. Today they folded. No more demands on us. The case has been adjourned until after Kat’s case from February 19 for three days. Our case comes back on March 19th 2020.

See you at Kat’s case!

 

From: Brett Collins <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 5:29 pm
To: Brooke Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, Richard Flitcroft <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, Sophie Morton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, Frederick Jolley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, Nicki Petrou <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, Natasha Thompson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, Gloria Larman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: Re: WJN ats Breakout proceedings 2018/00322388

Gee Ms Egan your team really thinks you are entitled to bully people.

With your 600 lawyers from Corrs Chambers Westgarth against an NGO serving the most vulnerable of Australian citizens.

All paid professionals, against the voluntary unfunded organisation which inspired, created, funded and nurtured your client’s project. How disgraceful! No wonder that nobody on your side will talk. What would you say? Ha!

You didn’t say in your email 4/11 that you weren’t going to comply with Court Order to produce documents by November 15. Look again. At the bottom. Perplexed!!


Additionally you have forgotten that you were ordered to produce your defence material and yet you now want us to agree to Court Orders to order us to produce documents. You have forgotten to include in your proposed Court Order (attached) for you to produce documents. That looks deceptive, and you ask for our agreement!

That is not the way to deal with others unless you, on behalf of your client, are prepared to openly abuse your paid time and try to bully an NGO to whom your client owes its existence. Appreciation. “WIPAN owes a huge and continued gratitude to Breakout” is the expression used in the WJN letter attached. Ha! Make you feel good?

Otherwise explain where I have misinterpreted your behaviour if I am wrong.

Or maybe you were just careless…

It is like the giving to your client loans and authority trusting them to recognise their obligations without forcing them to sign them explicitly. Like family. 


That is called abuse of power. We know it well. Be proud! Gutter behaviour in your suits.

It would be better to apologise soon.

Brett

From: Brooke Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 4:01 pm
To: Brett Collins <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Cc: Richard Flitcroft <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, Sophie Morton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, Frederick Jolley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: WJN ats Breakout proceedings 2018/00322388

Dear Mr Collins

We are perplexed by:

·         the opening paragraph of your email in circumstances where Breakout has been aware since 4 November 2019, that our client would not be filing its evidence on 15 November 2019 but alternatively, would be seeking an adjournment of the time for it to do so until after the hearing of the criminal proceedings. Indeed, the second paragraph of your letter acknowledges Breakout’s understanding of WJN’s position; and

·         Breakout’s statement that the “notice to produce has caused [Breakout] … to go through through physical and digital material that previously we assumed was not in dispute” given WJN’s defence to the statement of claim.

Could you please confirm whether Breakout will agree to the attached orders.  In relation to order 3, WJN will ask the Court to insert a date convenient to the Court and the parties after the hearing of the criminal proceeding.


Could you also inform us if Breakout has retained solicitors and if so, the contact details for the solicitor.

Kind regards

Brooke Egan

Brooke Egan | Special Counsel

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

t +61 2 9210 6903  e This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

corrs.com.au

From:  BREAKOUT [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
Sent: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 3:37 PM
To: Brooke Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Cc: Richard Flitcroft <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>; Sophie Morton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>; Frederick Jolley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: Re: WJN ats Breakout proceedings 2018/00322388

Dear Ms Egan,

We were waiting for you to serve all your evidence, including any affidavit evidence, on which you intend to rely, by last Friday November 15 as required by the Court Order. We didn’t receive any. We also didn’t receive a copy of any explanation to the Court for your failure to comply with the Order, unlike the previous time when you failed to comply with the Court Order.

We have decided to agree to your request that the Court adjourn the proceedings until after Ms Armstrong’s personal case has been completed.

Your notice to produce has caused us to visit many people and to go through physical and digital material that previously we assumed was not in dispute.

We have put together a large proportion of those documents to which it applies but it isn’t a complete response. We anticipate that we will have those documents within another two weeks.

Kind regards,

Brett

 

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