Queensland Law Society

Lawyers’ bring a flood of assistance

Date 11 Nov 2011
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
Phone (07) 3842 5868
Mobile 0488 433 884
Fax 07 3221 9329
Email n.graeff@qls.com.au

On the eve of the conclusion to the Queensland Floods Inquiry hearings, Queensland Law Society hopes the extensive pro bono work undertaken by its members is recognised.

Immediately after the south-east Queensland floods in January, the Queensland Legal Assistance Forum rallied to create the Flood Legal Help consortium, which was soon expanded to become Flood and Cyclone Legal Help. Within days of its inception, Flood and Cyclone Legal Help was providing frontline pro bono legal services in community recovery centres around Queensland.

Society President Bruce Doyle commended the commitment of Queensland lawyers who tirelessly and expertly provided pro bono legal assistance in response to the flood and cyclone emergencies.

“Insurance claims continue to be an issue so we have had many members giving legal assistance to pro bono flood victims since January,” Mr Doyle said.

"We have many members living in flood-affected areas so this initiative was a small gesture from the profession to help these communities recover.

“These services will continue to be needed for many months to come.

“Service and justice are the very foundation of the legal profession and I’m proud of what we give as individuals, as firms and as a community.”

Lawyers also generously provide pro bono legal assistance, education and mentoring throughout Queensland. This is in addition to the countless hours of free legal advice provided to other Queenslanders in need.

Other pro bono service providers include:

  • Queensland Law Society Pro Bono Scheme – administered by Queensland Public Interest Legal Clearing House (QPILCH) and funded by Queensland Law Society and the Department of Justice and Attorney-General from the Legal Practitioner Interest on Trust Accounts Fund
  • Women’s Legal Service – specialising in family and domestic violence law
  • QPILCH Homeless Persons’ Clinic – volunteer lawyers visit emergency accommodation centres and welfare agencies across Brisbane, and in Townsville and Toowoomba
  • Caxton Legal Centre Inc. – employment, consumer credit and family law clinics
  • Seniors' Advocacy, Information & Legal Service and Seniors’ Legal and Support Service – specialising in elder abuse intervention, prevention and offering counselling & legal representation
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex Legal Service – staffed entirely by volunteers, the only specialist LGBTI legal service in Queensland.