The hall of infamy – the hapless ex-employees
We see that Kit Baigent is the latest person to be taken to court by Terry Goldberg of Turner Freeman Lawyers; one of a long line of people who have drawn the ire of Mr Goldberg. Kit William Baigent was until very recently a solicitor employed in the Sydney office at Turner Freeman.
We wonder, though, if Terry Goldberg will lie on oath like he did in Local Court proceedings 2015/00259781, when he claimed he acted for a party in other Supreme Court proceedings when he did no such thing (the subject of this site’s main page), and also like he did in Supreme Court proceedings 2015/00354540 when he claimed an ex-client’s money was in his firm’s trust account when that $30,000 had already vanished and still remains unaccounted for (referred to here).
We are also informed that Maddy Sutton (Mariel Jessica Sutton), also a recent ex-employee of Turner Freeman Lawyers, has also been named as a defendant in the matter.
What chance do Kit Baigent and Maddy Sutton have with the likes of Terence Goldberg, who will lie at the drop of a hat in order to gain whatever he wants.*
(Update: We are happy to advise that this matter was discontinued in the Supreme Court of NSW on 3 July 2019.
The first directions hearing took place on 21 June 2019, so the matter was quite short-lived.)
Addendum as at 25 August 2019: At this stage you are probably wondering what the above proceedings were all about. We were, too. Very shortly after the termination of the said proceedings, Ellis Legal Lawyers & Advocates (www.ella.net.au) placed a post on LinkedIn stating that both Kit Baigent and Maddy Sutton would be commencing employment with that firm on 23 August 2019. This was good news to us. Ellis Legal was also the firm that represented both Kit Baigent and Maddy Sutton in the matter.
However, and more recently, Ellis Legal’s post was replaced with a new missive stating that it had received a request seeking the post’s removal. What a very bizarre request. Also, the premise of the (some would say improper) proceedings brought against Kit Baigent and Maddy Sutton by Terence Goldberg became very clear.
Ellis Legal’s LinkedIn post now stated that both Kit Baigent and Maddy Sutton have undertaken (for the period up to and including 22 August 2019), to not be employed or otherwise engaged or retained by any competitor to Turner Freeman as a legal practitioner, or to provide legal services in the areas of NSW, QLD, SA, WA or the ACT, and that both Mr Baigent and Ms Sutton have also undertaken that they will not on or before 5 September 2019 do any of the following:
- approach, induce, solicit or persuade any person or entity who or which was or is a client of Turner Freeman Lawyers with whom they had dealings in the course of employment with Turner Freeman;
- accept any approach from any client of Turner Freeman, with whom they had contact or dealings in the course of employment with Turner Freeman, to provide any legal services for that person or entity; and
- solicit, procure or induce an employee of Turner Freeman to end his or her employment with Turner Freeman or offer employment to any such person.
Of course, the clear inference of all the above is that Terence Goldberg commenced Supreme Court proceedings against two of his now ex-employees as they simply wanted to work somewhere else. That, quite frankly, is shockingly vindictive, however, not entirely unexpected from someone who is a moral vacuum.
As per the Law Society’s webpage, both Kit Baigent and Maddy Sutton are now employed at Ellis Legal, and we extend our best wishes to both them and that firm. We hope that Maddy Sutton and Kit Baigent can put the unfortunate experience of having worked at Turner Freeman Lawyers well behind them; seemingly a toxic environment (as here on seek.com.au)**.
In a similar vein to the above, another of Terence Goldberg’s victims is also an ex-employee of the firm, Mr Michael Hyland. It is widely reported that on leaving Turner Freeman Lawyers, Terence Goldberg commenced proceedings against his ex-employee, alleging that Mr Hyland had taken and misused confidential data from the firm by way of client information, with Turner Freeman claiming that Mr Hyland had contacted former clients for his and his new employers’ benefit, and to the detriment of Turner Freeman Lawyers.
There is no judgment on Caselaw in relation to this matter, which leads us to believe that the matter was either withdrawn, or an agreement was reached. Michael Hyland went on to work with Leitch Hasson Dent (LHD Lawyers), where he is now Special Counsel to that firm. An article on the Australian Financial Review relating to this matter can be found here.
One thing we can say for certain is that Terence Goldberg, as stated in Roseanne Beckett’s affidavit of 7 March 2018 (as available on this site), is using the court as his own personal plaything, and is unjustly using the court as a method of bullying and harassing those who displease him (as well as for the purposes of obtaining moneys by improper means (as here)). Roseanne Beckett is another of those taken to court by Mr Goldberg, and the said affidavit was filed during those proceedings.
The bitter irony, too, is that Kit Baigent was latterly the solicitor with carriage of that matter in Terence Goldberg v Roseanne Beckett (2015/00354540), with Kit Baigent appearing in court on Terence Goldberg’s behalf on several occasions. Fiona Seaton previously had carriage of the matter, however, Kit Baigent stepped in after Ms Seaton left the firm.
Fiona Seaton left Turner Freeman after a complaint was made about her conduct to the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner (here), which related to a letter Ms Seaton had written to Roseanne Beckett’s then solicitors, and in such, claimed that Roseanne Beckett had conspired with a friend to commit a criminal act, with such claim being untrue.
Fiona Seaton is now employed as a solicitor at the Independent Review Office (formerly known as WIRO).
As an aside, Kit Baigent, and Fiona Seaton for that matter, should have taken note of the fable of The Scorpion and the Frog:
“A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung by the scorpion, but the scorpion argues that if it did that, they would both drown. The frog considers this argument sensible and agrees to transport the scorpion. The scorpion climbs onto the frog’s back and the frog begins to swim, but midway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog, dooming them both. The dying frog asks the scorpion why it stung, to which the scorpion replies ‘I couldn’t help it. It’s in my nature.'”
But obviously, Mr Baigent and Ms Seaton thought that it would not happen to them. A bit like Foez Dewan, another ex-employee of Turner Freeman, whose signature just happens to be on the document (here) which improperly claims a debt against an incorporated association.
Probably unknown to Mr Dewan at that time was the ensuing criminal activities of his then employer, and the ensuing using of the gained monies for the purposes of laundering those and other funds (see timeline of fraud). Foez Dewan, though, would have been fully aware that his claim that the association in question was indebted to Turner Freeman was fraudulent, and his actions were therefore very deliberate.
Both Terence Goldberg and Foez Dewan lied repeatedly to the Law Society of NSW in relation to their fraudulent actions, hence the statement that Mr Dewan’s actions were very deliberate.
Foezullah Mohammad Dewan is now a principal lawyer at McCabe Curwood Lawyers.
And now we come to Laura Robinson. Laura Robinson was an associate lawyer at Turner Freeman Lawyers between September 2012 and December 2016. Now, those dates are quite interesting, as it was in December 2016 that Turner Freeman created a Trust via Perpetual Trustees in order to receive monies as obtained by deception (again, see timeline of fraud), and it was during this month that Laura ceased her employment at the firm.
Turner Freeman also created a sham entity alongside the aforementioned Trust, with the objective of the said Trust being to provide monies to the sham entity. The sham entity has no actual function, and was also created with 19 supposed financial members, however, it has been shown that the majority of these membership names and addresses were simply fabricated.
The constitution of this sham entity attaching a schedule of false memberships was prepared by Laura Robinson and can be found and downloaded here.
We know, of course, that Laura Robinson prepared this document as her name is on the front cover of such, along with the name of the firm, and with such document also carrying the reference TLG:125386, with TLG being none other than, yes, you guessed it, Terence Louis Goldberg. The three pages at the rear of the document holding the names of the fictitious members also carry the same reference. Only one name and address of the 19 named members actually tallies with the electoral roll (as at 28 January 2020).
Did Laura Robinson indeed know that what she was being asked to do was part of an act of fraud? Probably not. It is Terry Goldberg’s infamous modus operandi to get others to do his dirty work for him. They are then turfed out on their ear with muddy hands. You see, there is a distinct pattern; Terence Goldberg gets his staff to do something manifestly unethical or indeed decidedly unlawful, and then those staff members promptly leave the firm.
The partners at Turner Freeman have been well aware of Mr Goldberg’s many transgressions for a number of years, however, they have turned their collective heads sideways and therefore enabled the criminal conduct to both flourish and be maintained. Terence Goldberg is a liar and a thief, and his firm nothing less than a criminal enterprise.
There is no suggestion that any of the abovenamed, ie Kit Baigent, Maddy Sutton, Michael Hyland, and Fiona Seaton, have any knowledge of the criminality taking place within Turner Freeman Lawyers, nor is there any suggestion that they have partaken in any such behaviours. They are merely pawns in Terence Goldberg’s unsavoury endeavours. Foez Dewan, however, is an entirely different matter. Mr Dewan knew exactly what he was doing.
* A small update as at 28 June 2019: On perusal of the Turner Freeman Lawyers website, it states that both Kit Baigent and Maddy Sutton are again employees of the firm, with their names having appeared on the site this morning after an absence of two weeks or so. Questions galore.
As Turner Freeman has commenced action against the two said lawyers, why on earth would they return to that firm? Has the firm, perhaps, mistakenly placed their names on their website, therefore giving the impression that they are still employees? Or have the two indeed returned to the fold?
Given that there are live proceedings against both Mr Baigent and Ms Sutton, it is inconceivable that they are presently sitting in their seats within the firm that is taking legal action against them. And so the lies continue. Terry Mucker just cannot help himself.
** Since the ‘toxic environment’ statement (some paragraphs above) was placed on this page, two absolutely glowing reviews appeared on Seek, and a terrible review as previously placed on Seek by Suzie Juric, an ex-receptionist at Turner Freeman, was removed. We wonder if the glowing reviews are indeed genuine, and we also wonder if Ms Juric received a ‘request’ to remove her bad review. Suzie Juric is now employed at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers after recently departing Turner Freeman after a 12 year stint. Suzie, in her Seek review, lamented that it was 12 wasted years.
Various other Seek reviews from other ex-employees provide statements such as “a nightmare“, “a really bad experience“, “disappointing“, and “run as fast as you can, don’t do it (now also mysteriously vanished)”. Really quite a stark difference from the new glowing references which have just sprung up.
Back to Suzie Juric for a moment; Suzie was obviously deeply unhappy in her role at Turner Freeman as she was the rudest person working there (and that is saying something).
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