Lawyers Continuing to Provide Important Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

Lawyers Continuing to Provide Important Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Today the Attorney General the Hon John Quigley MLA acknowledged the important work of the profession and our members, saying in correspondence “I have no doubt that [Law Society] members are providing essential services to the community during this difficult time.”

The WA Government’s Prohibition on Regional Travel Directions provides that people performing an ‘essential service’ include those with specialist skills “required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operation, where the service is time-critical” and “any judicial officer or staff member of a court, tribunal or commission.”

While we have seen so much change, our professional duties to provide vital, time critical advice remain. During this pandemic, the work of lawyers is as important as ever.

Our legal system is proving to be innovative. The courts, firms and individual lawyers are all finding new ways to ensure our important work continues.

As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, lawyers continue to play our vital role in the administration of justice.

Law Society members are reporting increased queries from the community in diverse areas of law, including, family law and wills, employment law, leases, commercial law, property law, insurance and superannuation.

Significant changes are occurring each day. Lawyers have been closely considering these changes, and can likely provide crucial advice to businesses and individuals. If you need to find a lawyer in your area, you can do so by visiting the Law Society’s website.

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Comments in this media statement are attributable to Nicholas van Hattem, President of the Law Society of Western Australia.

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