As the summer break draws to a close, we know that many of you have had a less than relaxing time over the past few weeks. Many of you have been working through the break with clients or helping with some of the work here at the Bar. I also know that some of you are CFA members or have volunteered in other ways, helping with firefighting and with relief efforts. Unfortunately, a number of our members have experienced the devasting impact of the fires, and just one of the stories that have been retold is this extraordinary account by Daniel Cash of helping to save a family property.
Victorian Bar members have responded well to the call for pro bono legal assistance for people affected by the bushfires, through Disaster Legal Help Victoria. More than 100 of our members have now registered their interest and registrations are still open. Disaster Legal Help is especially keen to hear from members with experience or expertise in insurance, debt, tenancy and/or other disaster-related legal issues, especially those who are based in (or can travel to) the affected areas of Gippsland and North East Victoria.
If you are affected by the fires or any other incident, the Bar’s crisis support and counselling services are available to you and your family.
The Hon Chief Justice Allsop has also written to the Bars to offer the Federal Court’s support to legal practitioners impacted by the bushfire disaster, including special arrangements for adjournments, variations to timetables or preparation for hearings. Please see notice below for further information.
We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back next week.