Former AFL player Sam Friedan has accused former lawyers for former Melbourne and South Adelaide footballer Ryan O’Shea and former AFL player Shaun McKernan of “malpractice” in their dealings with the pair.
Friedman, who represented McKernamans brother, Matt, last year, said it was a “gross misuse of his client’s time and resources”.
He said it left him “disgusted” by the behaviour of the former lawyers and said he would not be doing business with them again.
“I’m very disappointed with what’s been going on, what’s happened in the past couple of months,” he said.
“We’ve had a couple of very serious discussions about these matters and it’s a gross misuse of my client’s resources and time.”
There’s no way I’m going to be doing my clients business with these people.
“It’s a matter for the courts and it has to be dealt with in a way that will ensure a fair outcome.”
He said McKernans lawyers had “totally botched” their dealings and it was time for them to “come clean” about their dealings.
Fired lawyer, Shaun McKennan, pictured with his brother, Ryan Olliffe, has been hit with an 18-month restraining order after being accused of ‘grossly negligent’ conductThe former AFL lawyer, who has since been fired, has told News Corp that his former clients “have totally botched their dealings”.
“I think it’s time for [them] to come clean,” he told the Nine Network.
“It’s been very unfortunate.”
McKernan was fired by Adelaide in September after it was revealed he had engaged in “grossly and maliciously negligent conduct” that breached the club’s conduct code.
He has previously been charged with “serious misconduct in relation to a matter relating to a former employee” and has pleaded not guilty.
He said the incident had left him disheartened and he would have to move on.
“My career is over,” he added.
McKennan said the case would be heard in the ACT Supreme Court but would be decided by the courts.
He did not deny he was “disappointed” with his former colleagues but said he was not the “right person” to be representing the pair in court.
“The court is not going to give you a choice about what you do and how you do it,” he admitted.
“But I don’t know if I’m in the right place to be arguing in the Supreme Court.”
That’s where I need to be.
“If the court doesn’t agree with me, then I’ve got to move away and get myself into a different place.”
“I’ve got no money, no family, no friends and I’m stuck.”
McKennan was not available for comment.
McMahon and Friedan both said they would continue to defend their clients’ interests and have “no further comment”.