Christian Porter and his high-profile barrister have been ordered to pay costs running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars to Jo Dyer, a friend of the woman who had accused the former attorney general of raping her three decades ago.
On Friday justice Tom Thawley made a costs order forcing Porter and his former barrister, Sue Chrysanthou SC, to pay Dyer’s costs in relation to last month’s federal court hearing.
The four-day hearing was brought by Dyer in her attempt to restrain the star silk from acting for Porter over what she said was a conflict of interest arising out of a meeting between the two women in November last year.
Dyer was successful, with Thawley ordering Chrysanthou to relinquish the brief after agreeing she had received confidential information which was relevant to the case and could present a “danger of misuse”.
Three days later Porter sensationally dropped his defamation case against the ABC, declaring victory in the matter despite failing to secure an apology or retraction from the public broadcaster.
Thawley ordered both Porter and Chrysanthou to pay costs, but did not make a ruling about how or whether those costs would be shared. Chrysanthou had argued she should not be ordered to pay costs as she had maintained a “neutral” position in the case, which was run by lawyer’s acting for Porter.