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Former Clayton Utz partner Veronica Vidal has yet to issue legal proceedings against ex-employer Austrim Nylex, despite the January release of a statement saying she would pursue a multimillion-dollar constructive dismissal claim
Vidal, who joined Austrim as general counsel and executive director in 1999, was thought to be seeking more than A$3m (£1m) in entitlements from the struggling manufacturer. However, the company claims the matter has so far not been pursued. "No formal legal action has been lodged against the company," said a spokesman. In a statement released within days of her departure, Vidal said she would be seeking to have her eight-year contract paid in full. She denied reports that she had resigned, and papers were to have been lodged within a week. The statement said: "Ms Vidal accepted the clear repudiation by the company of her contract of employment on 24 January 2002, and as a result, under the company's constitution, she automatically ceased to be a director. Ms Vidal has instructed her solicitors to draw proceedings to recover her substantial entitlements forthwith." Vidal, previously a property partner with Clayton Utz, left her role after the company announced the appointment of Neil Christensen as company secretary and joint general counsel.