From the President

Dear Members of the Profession,

I write to you to outline the further action taken by the Law Society to address the ramifications of COVID-19 for the profession.

By way of update, I continued to work with Managing Partners of firms on Thursday afternoon to provide extensive guidance around work from home arrangements where appropriate, and on necessary communications to clients around social distancing requirements to keep our profession and the community safe.  I then held a briefing on Friday morning with the Council by video link to outline the current work completed to respond to COVID-19, and to seek input from all Council members as to further steps.  I started to action those steps over the weekend, including consulting with the profession on further safeguards that could potentially be implemented in our judicial system to reduce the spread of COVID-19; reaching out to the respective Young Lawyers’ Committees; and approaching the TasBar as to potential collaboration.  I today intend to progress the work with our judiciary, Legal Aid, the Land Titles Office and our other key stakeholders to minimise the widespread impact upon the daily operations of all our lawyers.  The work is extensive and ongoing given the fast evolving nature of this pandemic.

I understand the significant effect that COVID-19 will have upon the firms and our profession as a whole, and I will be looking at alternate methods to conduct the Leaders Forums through an online format.  Information will be provided around the economic stimulus packages available in the coming days to help, and I will be considering other ways that the Law Society might potentially assist.  There will also be a focus on the wellbeing of our profession, and additional support that can be given to enhance our resilience in unprecedented times.

Please be vigilant in encouraging and advocating social distancing measures, and I urge you not to attend work at your firm if you are feeling unwell.

I will be regularly engaging to help our profession to navigate, and remain positive, to overcome these challenges.