This resource hub brings together a range of information on key legal issues to help our clients navigate the challenging environment arising from COVID-19.
We will continue to update this hub as more information becomes available.
Our top priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our team members and our clients.
Cooper Grace Ward has had business continuity plans in place for many years and our systems allow us to continue to provide a full-service capability, regardless of work location.
To assist clients with the rapidly changing business environment brought about by the coronavirus, we have launched a COVID-19 helpline.
The helpline provides you with a central point of contact for COVID-19 legal enquiries. Your call will be answered by one of our experienced team members who will:
Initial calls to the helpline are free of charge. We will then provide a fee estimate for any legal advice you require, and we will only commence work at your request.
To access the helpline, please call 07 3231 2900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with your usual Cooper Grace Ward contact.
The Australian Government has opted to renew the JobKeeper scheme until 28 March 2021 at a series of reduced rates. In this article we discuss information on the renewed scheme and important clarifications on employer directions.
The Court has considered whether a commercial tenant abandoned a lease by ceasing to trade due to COVID-19 and relocating its stock to a warehouse.
The ATO have accepted that self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) can provide rent relief and loan concessions to related parties because of COVID-19 without breaching the SIS Act, but there are limits. The ATO have made clear what they require auditors to obtain from SMSFs, or else report a contravention.
Our resources on a wide range of topics are designed to support businesses and individuals navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 scenario.
Since the start of the year, Cooper Grace Ward has been following the COVID-19 situation closely and monitoring government and health authority updates to minimise transmission risks, particularly in relation to business travel, client meetings and conferences.
For many years, Cooper Grace Ward has had a business continuity plan and disaster recovery program (BCP/DRP) in place to protect our clients, the firm and our team members in the event of a significant disruption to our daily operations.
The Australian government has announced a series of measures to support businesses dealing with COVID-19.
Australian government COVID-19 response
Coronavirus information for business
The state and territory governments have published information about the financial assistance available to businesses, as well as community and health information on COVID-19.
Queensland Industry Recovery Package
Queensland COVID-19 health emergency
Queensland COVID-19 health alerts
New South Wales
Association of Corporate Counsel
World Health Organisation COVID-19