/ 10 June 2021

Keeping it professional

That is what’s going on between former soldier Ben Roberts-Smith and one of his lawyers, his barrister Arthur Moses said yesterday. Why is this a thing? Federal Court Justice Robert Bromwich yesterday said he was “uncomfortable” with media reports that Roberts-Smith “was in a personal relationship” with his solicitor Monica Allen. That’s because he said it could complicate proceedings – including against his ex Emma Roberts over leaked confidential documents. Moses said that “female lawyers have enough to deal with in this profession without these aspersions being put against them” and later said the pair “are not in a relationship, full stop.” The episode put paid to Roberts-Smith’s first day of evidence in his defamation case against Nine Entertainment over a series of articles alleging he committed war crimes in Afghanistan. It’s expected he’ll kick off today.

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