Bruce Lehrmann pursued by former landlord over alleged property damage


Lehrmann raised the ire of neighbors in Sydney's north after he left the Balgowlah property for a friend's house for a short stay in April.


“We've been having horrible parties,” a neighbor told this pole-leader at the time. They singled out the “screaming karaoke” for particular disapproval.

Lawyers for Lehrmann, Wilkinson and Ten are expected back in court on Monday for a hearing related to the legal costs of the failed defamation suit.

On May 10, Lee ordered Lehrmann to pay a significant portion of Ten and Lisa Wilkinson's multibillion-dollar legal costs on an indemnity basis, which covers a higher proportion of a prevailing party's legal bills than an order standard.

However, the court heard that Lehrmann has been unemployed since June 2021 and is a law student, and there is a possibility that he will go bankrupt. It means that the costs order is likely to be academic because Lehrmann does not have the financial means to do so.


On Monday, Lee is expected to set the terms of reference for an arbitrator, who will investigate and report on the specific costs of the dispute, including the costs that Teniu will have to cover for Wilkinson.

Given the low likelihood that Wilkinson will recover any costs from Lehrmann, Ten will pay at least some of its employees' legal bills under an indemnity covering costs “duly incurred and of a reasonable amount.” Wilkinson chose to brief her own lawyers to represent her in the case.

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