Lisa Wilkinson’s lawyer fires a warning shot – via cake – to all her legal opponents after she bags a big win for one high-profile client ahead of her fight against Bruce Lehrmann
- Wilkinson hired defamation lawyer Sue Chrysanthou
- Chrysanthou sent client Heston Russell celebratory cake
- Chocolate smash cake had the message ‘Be Rude, Get Sued’
A top defamation barrister and the lawyer who will be representing Lisa Wilkinson in her upcoming legal battle against Bruce Lehrmann has fired a warning shot to any of her future legal opponents – be rude, get sued.
Wilkinson won a Logie in June, 2022 for her interview with Brittany Higgins, where the ex-Liberal party staffer accused Lehrmann of raping her three years earlier.
Lehrmann has always denied the allegations levelled against him by Higgins and commenced defamation proceedings against Wilkinson, Channel 10, news.com.au and its political editor Samantha Maiden in February.
Wilkinson was first represented by Thomson Greer, the legal team on retainer for Channel 10, but quickly ditched the lawyers to instead hire star defamation barrister Sue Chrysanthou SC, Gillis Delaney Lawyers and its partner Anthony Jefferies.
The powerhouse lawyer has won a number of high-profile defamation cases in the past few years, securing hefty payouts for former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro, former Sydney Morning Herald columnist Clementine Ford and Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
Ms Chrysanthou’s most recent win was for ex-army commando Heston Russell, who sued the ABC over articles from 2021 that linked him to alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.
Sue Chrysanthou SC sent the chocolate smash cake to her client and ex-army commando Heston Russell (pictured left together) as a belated Christmas present. Ms Chrysanthou has been hired by Lisa Wilkinson in her defamation battle against Bruce Lehrmann
Ms Chyrsanthou sent chocolate smash cakes to a number of her clients as a belated Christmas present, including Mr Russell.
Mr Russell earlier this month won the first round of his defamation battle against the ABC.
He thanked Ms Chrysanthou and solicitor Rebekah Giles in an Instagram post shared over the weekend, showing him smashing the chocolate cake open with a hammer.
The cake was emblazoned with a small sign that read, ‘Be rude, get sued’.
‘Breaking the summer shred regime with a belated Christmas present from the Baddest Boss-B* Barrister in the land,’ he captioned the video, alongside a photo of him and Ms Chrysanthou.
‘Extra Credit to Rebekah G for being the Solicitor Supreme behind the scenes and also showcasing her slow-mo camera skills,’ the post continued, with the hashtags ‘#BeRude’ and ‘#GetSued’.
Mr Russell’s lawyers won their first matter in the Federal Court on February 1 after Justice Michael Lee found a number of ABC stories referring to the former soldier were defamatory.
The matter will now go to trial in the Federal Court in March.
It was revealed earlier this month Wilkinson had dropped her lawyers at Network 10 and hired a new legal team to defend her during the high-profile defamation case against Bruce Lehrmann.
Earlier this month it was revealed Wilkinson (pictured with Brittany Higgins) had dropped her lawyers at Network 10 and hired a new legal team to defend her during the high-profile defamation case against Bruce Lehrmann
Lehrmann is suing the network over an interview aired on The Project in February 2021, where former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins first alleged to Wilkinson that she was raped by ‘a male colleague’ in Parliament House in 2019.
According to a statement of claim filed in the Federal Court on February 7, Mr Lehrmann will allege Channel 10 and Wilkinson were ‘recklessly indifferent to the truth or falsity’ when the allegations against him were made.
Channel 10’s lawyers at Thomson Geer lodged papers stating they would represent Wilkinson – however, new papers lodged less than a day later said the arrangement had been terminated.
Federal Court documents have since indicated Wilkinson would instead be represented by Gillis Delaney Lawyers and its partner Anthony Jefferies.
She has also hired Ms Chrysanthou.
Ms Chrysanthou has a long list of high-profile clients and was behind the massive $2.9million payment The Daily Telegraph was ordered to pay to Australian actor Geoffrey Rush after he won his defamation case against the Sydney paper in 2018.
The barrister is also acting for Lachlan Murdoch after he filed defamation proceedings against Private Media, the publisher of Crikey, over an article from July last year.
Mr Lehrmann has always denied the allegation against him