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Slater and Gordon Lawyers Brisbane and Ipswich offices closed yesterday (January 11) due to flood and severe weather risks and will remain closed today and Thursday, at which time the situation will be re-assessed.
For any urgent enquiries, clients can call Slater and Gordon’s Melbourne reception on (03) 9602 6888.
At the moment the firm’s Southport office is still operating, but it is expected to close if the risk of severe weather increases. The firm’s Townsville office remains unaffected at this stage.
The situation in northern New South Wales is also being monitored.
Slater and Gordon Managing Director Andrew Grech today announced that the firm would be making an initial donation of $10,000 to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.
He said that in addition, each Practice Group or office was being invited to host a fundraising event where staff would be encouraged to donate to the appeal. He said the company would match any contributions that were given. Trilby Misso in Queensland will be donating $5,000 and also matching staff contributions dollar for dollar.
“The news from Queensland has shocked us all and we will continue to monitor the situation closely. It’s important that our staff and clients in these areas know that we are thinking of them at this time,” Mr Grech said.
“Our firm knows that when the going gets tough, the tough get going and we will be there to support our staff and clients in the recovery.”
Mr Grech said the company would be providing financial assistance if it was required by staff members directly affected by the floods.
He said Slater and Gordon has also agreed to be a part of the joint response being coordinated by the Attorney-General and Queensland Law Society (QLS) to provide free legal information to Queensland flood victims.
“We assisted in the aftermath of the Black Saturday fires in Victoria and we will be there to help out in Queensland as required.”