Proctor : March 2019
7 PROCTOR | March 2019 News Solicitors stand tall as severe weather hits North Queensland solicitors were battered once again as severe weather and flooding hit last month. Townsville, in particular, was declared a disaster zone with courts, schools and businesses closing as the deluge continued. Queensland Law Society received reports from solicitors in the thick of the weather, with members reporting positive attitudes despite the record-breaking rainfall. Members outside of the affected areas have also reached out to offer assistance. The concern and collegiality shown by solicitors during this time was heart-warming and showed the high-level of compassion that Queensland’s legal profession hold for one another. The positivity and resilience that solicitors in North Queensland have shown is also a great testament to their dedication and flexibility under fire. The Society remained a conduit for information, attempting to feed through relevant information about closures, available assistance and guidance as it came to hand. QLS President Bill Potts urged safety above all to members in the affected areas. “Thank you to our North Queensland members – including Immediate Past President Ken Taylor – for their assistance in communicating with us,” he said. “Thank you also to the QLS members who have reached out to QLS Ethics and Practice Support Centre to offer their assistance. “It is pleasing to see such collegiality amongst our profession, and I applaud members for their continued support of one another during times of hardship.” Although many firms had to close their doors, many attempted to remain contactable where possible. With safety being paramount, firms did the right thing by closing their doors to avoid injury. When facing disaster, QLS provides guidance on what to do if your firm has been affected by flooding or extreme weather conditions. This can be found in the QLS Ethics and Practice Support Centre portal at qls.com.au. Law Foundation Queensland (qlf.com.au) offers information about interest-free loans to assist with recovery, and Lexon Insurance (lexoninsurance.com.au) provides further guidance for those under its insurance scheme. LawCare (qls.com.au/lawcare) is also a great resource available to members who need assistance with counselling, advice on how to help others, or assistance with developing plans to manage issues and challenges. This month Queensland Law Society will host our annual Legal Careers Expo at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. This event, on 25 March, regularly attracts more than law 500 students, and offers a unique opportunity for organisations to connect with Queensland’s next generation of legal professionals. Students can explore the 35 exhibitors available on the day, including law firms, PLT providers, community legal services, professional associations and recruiters. Attendees will have the opportunity to chat one-on-one with HR professionals and get tailored resume advice to assist them on their career journey. Visit qls.com.au/legalcareerexpo for details on becoming an exhibitor. QLS Legal Careers Expo Appointment of receiver for The Legal Elements Pty Ltd, Annerley On 1 February 2019, the Council of the Queensland Law Society Incorporated (the Society) passed resolutions to appoint officers of the Society, jointly and severally, as the Receiver for the law practice, The Legal Elements Pty Ltd. The role of the Receiver is to arrange for the orderly disposition of client files and safe custody documents to clients and to organise the payment of trust money to clients or entitled beneficiaries. Enquiries should be directed to Sherry Brown or Bill Hourigan, at the Society on 07 3842 5888.