Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme

The Commonwealth Government has provided funding for legal assistance to NSW primary producers and small businesses dealing with legal issues relating to the 2019/2020 bushfires. Under the Scheme, private lawyers will have access to funding to provide legal services.

How does the Scheme work?
If an eligible small business owner or primary producer, a businesses solicitor can apply for funding of $2000 to assist to resolve legal matters arising from the 2019/20 bushfires, and up to $5000 for related expenses like expert reports. Additional funding is available in reasonable circumstances.

If a business has more than one bushfire related legal problem their solicitor may receive separate funding for each problem.

The funding is available for legal issues including, but not limited to:

– Insurance disputes
– Commercial leases
– Contract disputes
– Planning and building law
– Local Government disputes
– Entitlements to government grants and schemes
– Credit and debt
– Banking
– Fencing issues
– Property law
– Employment law issues for employers

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