An end to the David Jones $37 million sexual harassment claim could be imminent as the parties to the case make plans to engage in conciliation at the end of the week.
According to media reports, Kristy Fraser-Kirk will attempt to settle the matter through conciliation at the Australian Human Rights Commission on Friday (15October).
At a Federal Court directions hearing today (11 October), Fraser-Kirk's barrister Michael Lee said that Fraser-Kirk would be looking to apply to amend her statement of claim if the settlement talks were unsuccessful.
If the talks are successful, however, the negotiations are likely to last for several days, culminating in the discontinuation of Fraser-Kirk's Federal Court action.
Fraser-Kirk has already knocked back an offer of $850,000 from David Jones, made just prior to the launch of her claim in August.
At the time, Middletons partner Gerard Phillips told Lawyers Weekly he was amazed that Fraser-Kirk turned down the money, given his belief that she is highly unlikely to get anywhere near that amount from a Federal Court ruling in her favour.
"I am gob smacked that she has turned that down, because the case, in my view, is worth somewhere between zero and fifty thousand dollars," he said.