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Any information contained in a blog on this website is general in nature only. The content of any blog posted below reflects information which is known to us as at the date of the posting of the blog. Please be aware that the law regularly changes. Please do not rely on the general information contained in the below blogs, instead we recommend that you contact us to obtain legal advice tailored to your own specific situation.

 

Mar30

BUSINESS AS USUAL – ALMOST!

Amanda Quin - Monday, March 30, 2020

As everyone is aware the Coronavirus pandemic is causing changes day by day to the way in which we do business and conduct our daily lives.

Peacockes Solicitors has the internal resources and staff (working remotely) to close the office, yet continue to provide our range of legal services, even though in a less conventional manner.

From Monday 30th March 2020 our office doors are closed and we ask that you call us on:

02 6882 3133  (our Dubbo office)

02 6847 2001 (our Gilgandra office)

0448 673 924 (our Canowindra office)

or email us at admin@peacockes.com where your query will be dealt with promptly in the normal manner.

A member of our staff will deal with your query/affairs, even though it is now our policy to keep face to face contact to a minimum.

We all have to adapt to these challenging times and we trust that you will understand and co-operate with the measures we have adopted.It is the safety of our staff and clients which is the main factor in our decision making.

PEACOCKES SOLICITORS PTY LTD

 

Mar29

Parenting Issues and Covid-19

Amanda Quin - Sunday, March 29, 2020

Blog Post by Kathleen Clark:  email kjc@peacockes.com
 

 Are you a parent with concerns about parenting arrangements and Covid-19?

The following may help:

Q&As for parents from the Federal Circuit Court http://www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fccweb/about/covid/covid-faq/

Q&As for parents from the Family Court http://www.familycourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fcoaweb/about/covid/covid-faq/

 

Mar25

COVID-19 - Update regarding Peacockes Solicitors

Amanda Quin - Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dear all, 

Let us start by saying everyone here at Peacockes Solicitors hopes you are safe and well, and that you remain so for however long the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lasts. We want to assure you that we're doing everything we can to ensure it's business as usual for you and the rest of our clients.

We take the health risks and the potential disruption to our staff and clients from the pandemic very seriously. We are monitoring the situation continuously and staying up to date on guidelines and advice issued by local government and health authorities. Whilst things remain fluid in the legal industry, we have a strong plan in place which has now been reviewed to address COVID-19 specifically.

We are taking precautionary and preventive steps to protect the health and well-being of our staff to ensure no disruption to our client services. These steps include:

Face-to-face meetings

For the foreseeable future, our office will be contacting any person with a scheduled meeting to arrange to have that meeting via phone or web. If documents need to be witnessed then we will make suitable arrangements by agreement on a case by case basis. We encourage all clients, both new and existing, to consider the use of Skype facilities if need be.

Office closures

Following advice from the respective governments, and in helping flatten the curve, we have begun transitioning our staff to working from home. All our offices currently remain open however, we consider it only a matter of time before the Federal or State Government directs that offices such as ours close until further notice. We are fortunate that many of our staff can work from home for an extended period, should the need arise, so that we can guarantee continuity of service for our clients.

Office contact

Please call our office on 02 6882 3133 as per usual, however we recommend you utilise email as the preferred means of contact. All our office and individual contact details are supplied on our website.

Mail

Please email any correspondence or documents to our office rather than sending hard copies in the post. We ask all documents be emailed to our admin email address copying in the solicitor with carriage of the matter.

We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding as we adapt to a rapidly changing situation. Please keep safe.

 

Mar19

The Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia has created a Top Ten Guide for Separated Parents during Covid19 you can find it HERE.

Mar17

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from REI NSW

Amanda Quin - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 

Posted below is an update from REI NSW from 12 March 2020 in respect of Coronavirus (COVID-19) which sets out some information that may be of assistance in this time.

The information below has been reproduced with permission from REI NSW.

REI NSW may be contacted via phone on (02) 8267 0578 and their website is www.reinsw.com.au

Dear Colleague,

 

REINSW is monitoring the evolving situation in relation to the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), previously known as Novel Coronavirus. Cases are currently increasing in Australia, although resulting deaths are thankfully extremely low. It is possible that the disease will continue to be spread through community transmission.

Real estate is a people business where agents deal closely with a wide range of people in many environments – workplaces, homes, shopping centres and so on. In doing so there are a few sensible precautions to take to aid the protection of yourself and others.

The situation is continually evolving, and individuals as well as those responsible for others need to stay informed and make decisions based on information from reliable sources, such as the Department of Health (Commonwealth) and NSW Ministry of Health. Please refer to these websites frequently for news on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as they are updated regularly.

We are putting precautions in place here at REINSW so that the normal course of business may continue as usual. We are implementing sensible systems in case we need to work remotely and we are working to make sure we have increased hygiene procedures at all of our events and training courses for the foreseeable future.

It is important to make sure your business runs as smoothly as possible in these uncertain times.

If you’re wondering what you can do to prepare your business and staff, perhaps you might consider the following:

  • Follow up to date health and hygiene guidelines
    • Make sure hand sanitiser and tissues are available to all staff, clients and visitors
    • Properly wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Click here for tips on the 20 second-hand wash.
    • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
    • Stay at home if you are sick
    • Isolate any staff members who show signs of possible symptoms and advise them to contact their doctor
    • Refrain from shaking hands or greeting others with a kiss
  • Prepare contingency plans in response to the virus
    • Review and adapt your agency practices and procedures as required
    • Have plans in place for staff to work remotely if needed
    • Make sure laptops are available to staff with access to office servers and drives
    • Make sure office phones can be diverted to staff mobile phones or to an answering service

NSW Health has provided this fact sheet: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19.

We cannot give specific advice to individual businesses but, as your peak industry body, we encourage you to consider:

  • Reviewing internal policies and procedures and adapting them if necessary
  • Cancelling unnecessary staff travel plans
  • Deferring open, periodic or other inspections if there is any concern
  • Not attending auctions or entering a property if you’re aware there is someone in there or has been in there self-isolating because of the virus (for instance, a tenant or vendor)
  • Encouraging auctions to take place in the agents’ office as opposed to on-site

It is business as usual here at REINSW. However, should REINSW events or training courses need to be cancelled, we will notify you at our earliest opportunity with information on cancellations and postponements.

We are carefully watching news alerts on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and should government advice change we will notify you with updates.

In the meantime, here are some useful links providing information on the disease and how you can protect yourselves:

Rest assured that we are here to support you with the smooth running of your agency and we will alert you to any updates on the virus as and when required.

REINSW