The outstanding payment of a $113,000 legal bill to Minter Ellison remains the major issue in the ongoing saga of where rugby league star Greg Inglis will play next year.
The now disgraced ex-Melbourne Storm chief executive, Brian Waldron, engaged Minters on behalf of Inglis after the Australian and Queensland representative was charged with the assault of his now fiancée Sally Robinson last year.
Inglis was acquitted of all charges.
The Melbourne Storm, Inglis' former club, is reluctant to foot the bill as they may go over the salary cap.
The Storm are understandably reluctant to attract the attention of the NRL auditor, Ian Schubert, after it was stripped of two premierships and relegated to last position this year for former breaches of the cap.
Inglis had verbally agreed to join Brisbane next season, but had not signed a formal contract, as he has not been officially released by the Storm. The Broncos move fell through after the Storm, Inglis and Broncos officials could not agree on what portion of the bill should be paid by the respective parties involved.
It has now emerged that Inglis is keen to join South Sydney, with the Herald Sun reporting that the offer by the Rabbitohs may involve at least some payment of Inglis' legal bill.
Minters offered no comment when contacted by Lawyers Weekly.
It has been a tumultuous year off the field for the Storm.
After being stripped of its premierships, and receiving a $1.7 million fine, the newly installed directors of the Storm engaged Arnold Bloch Leibler (ABL) partner Leon Zwier and senior ABL litigation counsel Robert Heathcote in an aborted attempt to take legal action against the NRL.
Former Minters and Tress Cocks & Maddox partner Howard Obst was also engaged by the club.