Queensland Law Society

QLS: Stay safe in Cyclone Debbie aftermath

QLS president Christine Smyth has urged all Queensland solicitors to remain vigilant and stay safe in the Cyclone Debbie aftermath currently already hitting parts of the state.

With heavy rain predicted for most of the state today, Ms Smyth said that the safety of practitioners, their staff and families was of upmost importance.

“If your firm is in an area likely to be affected by the weather, please consider working from home and closing the practice for the day,” she said.

“It is not worth you or your staff being stranded or getting caught in dangerous weather.”

Ms Smyth also extended her heartfelt sympathies to those affected further north by the cyclone, and calls for practitioners to look into the available options for assistance if required.

  • Law Foundation Queensland for information about interest free loans to assist with recovery through their Benevolent Fund.
  • Queensland Law Society’s website for guidance on what to do if a firm has been affected by flooding or extreme weather conditions.
  • Lexon Insurance’s website if they are the firm’s insurer.
  • LawCare for assistance with counselling, advice on how to help others or assistance with developing plans to manage issues and challenges. QLS members, their staff and families do have access to up to six hours of free counselling each year through LawCare.

Queensland Government’s Get Ready Website can also be accessed for further information. Local Federal Members may also be of assistance.

“Thank you to those unaffected for their patience thus far with our colleagues up north, and I do ask you to keep in mind that there are still many closures and possibly more to come today,” Ms Smyth said.

“Bowen, Moranbah, Proserpine and Sarina Magistrates Courts still remain closed today.

“The District, Federal and Supreme Courts are expected to close at midday, and the Magistrates Courts from Townsville to Coolangatta and west to Kingaroy are closed for the day.

“QLS will also close from midday today.

“Please stay safe during this weather.”