Sunday 26 June 2022 07:09 AM The eye-watering sum Lisa Wilkinson is paying top defamation lawyer, Dr Matthew ... trends now

Sunday 26 June 2022 07:09 AM The eye-watering sum Lisa Wilkinson is paying top defamation lawyer, Dr Matthew ... trends now
Sunday 26 June 2022 07:09 AM The eye-watering sum Lisa Wilkinson is paying top defamation lawyer, Dr Matthew ... trends now

Sunday 26 June 2022 07:09 AM The eye-watering sum Lisa Wilkinson is paying top defamation lawyer, Dr Matthew ... trends now

Lisa Wilkinson's high-priced lawyer is being paid $11,000-a-day following her disastrous Logies speech.

The Channel 10 star landed in hot water last Sunday after she mentioned alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins during her award acceptance speech - in front of about a million viewers.

Her comments forced the former Liberal staffer's rape trial, which was due to start next week, to be postponed until October.

Australian Bar Association president Dr Matthew Collins QC told Sunrise days after the speech there was a 'serious possibility' Wilkinson could be charged with contempt of court.

But hours after his comments on national television, Channel 10 hired the top barrister to represent Wilkinson.

Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) has hired a top barrister to represent her following Logies speech

Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) has hired a top barrister to represent her following Logies speech

Dr Collins is one of Australia's leading defamation lawyers who won Rebel Wilson millions in her case against Bauer Media in 2017.

The actor was awarded $4.5million in damages after the magazine group was found to have defamed her in eight articles in May 2015 - claiming she lied about her real name, age, and childhood to make it in Hollywood.

Dr Collins also represented YouTube creator Jordan Shanks in a high-profile defamation case against former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro.

Mr Barilaro sued Mr Shanks in May 2021, alleging he was defamed by a series of videos claiming he committed perjury. 

The now-retired MP settled his Federal Court case against Mr Shanks in November when he was given an apology and the videos were edited, but was later awarded $715,000 in damages against YouTube owner Google.

The barrister's partner, Leonard Vary, is chief executive of the Myer Foundation and the pair are known for hosting a series of glamorous party's at their home in South Yarra, Melbourne.

Australian Bar Association president Dr Matthew Collins (pictured) was hired to represent The Project host hours after he slammed her actions on Sunrise

Australian Bar Association president Dr Matthew Collins (pictured) was hired to represent The Project host hours after he slammed her actions on Sunrise

Dr Collins said on Sunrise: 'It's certainly possible that the authorities will be looking at the speech that she made to the Logies and assessing that speech against the standard which applies in this branch of the law.

'That standard is, did anything that she do have a tendency to interfere with the

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