COVID-19 resource hub

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. 

COVID-19 legal issues helpline

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:

  • discuss your specific requirements
  • help you identify related issues and any documentation that may be required
  • connect you with a CGW lawyer with the appropriate specialist expertise to support your specific needs.

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 lawyers@cgw.com.au or speak with your usual Cooper Grace Ward contact.

Latest updates

The JobKeeper scheme has been extended to 28 March 2021 at reduced rates and with other changes to the available flexibilities for employers.

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.

Resources

Our resources on a wide range of topics are designed to support businesses and individuals navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 scenario. 

Employment, workplace relations and safety

Corporate and commercial

Property and leasing

Litigation, dispute resolution and insolvency

Tax and superannuation

Cooper Grace Ward COVID-19 response​

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.

Other links and resources

Australian government resources

The Australian government has announced a series of measures to support businesses dealing with COVID-19. 

 

Australian government COVID-19 response

https://www.australia.gov.au/

 

Coronavirus information for business

https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business