Queensland Law Society

“Get ready” Queensland practitioners: storm season ahead

Queensland solicitors are urged to get ready for storm season by ensuring that they have a plan in place should disaster strike.

The Queensland Government launched ‘Get Ready Queensland Week’ in Brisbane this week, along with the State Disaster Management Plan for all Queenslanders.

QLS President Ken Taylor said that it was important that firms were prepared for bad weather, including flooding and cyclone events.

“It is key to have a disaster and recovery plan in place, but also remember that safety is paramount above all,” he said.

“The Society we will ensure that we keep members up to date should any major weather events arise.”

Mr Taylor said there were many resources solicitors could call on, including:

-       Legal Aid Queensland’s disaster guidelines

-       Tips for storm preparedness via Queensland’s State Emergency Service

-       Various information on Queensland Government’s Get Ready Queensland website

-       Specific information for law firms covered by Lexon Insurance (login required)

-       LawCare for assistance with counselling and advice on how to help others (QLS members, staff and families).

“Those who have completed the Society’s Practice Management Course have also received training in risk and compliance in relation to disaster preparedness,” Mr Taylor said.

“There is also assistance available post-storm from Law Foundation Queensland.

“QLS will keep members updated on any major weather events via the QLS website, along with related court closures.

“During major weather events or bad storms, some firms allow flexible working arrangements to staff who may have to travel through affected or at danger areas.

“I encourage you to keep options open should the situation call for it to protect the interests of clients and keep your staff safe – this could be an item included in your plan.”

Mr Taylor said that many solicitors also reached out to the community in times of disaster, through lending their expertise.

“It is also important to remember the amount of pro bono work that our solicitors have undertaken in previous storm seasons, to those seeking assistance in matters such as insurance.

“I am sure that many of us stand ready to help fellow Queenslanders once again, should tragedy strike.

“Stay safe, stay vigilant and be prepared.”