Lawyers from both sides of the Tasman have offered support and assistance to the New Zealand Law Society to aid those affected by yesterday's earthquake in Christchurch.
A representative from the NZ Law Society has confirmed with Lawyers Weekly that lawyers from Australia and New Zealand have offered assistance to those affected.
The spokesperson also confirmed that while the Society's Christchurch office was in a state of "bad disarray", staff are safe.
Representatives involved in providing free legal services to those affected by the Queensland floods have also been in contact with the NZ Law Society, offering advice on how to establish an effective pro bono service for those affected by a natural disaster.
The 6.3 magnitude earthquake destroyed and damaged numerous buildings in the city centre, leaving numerous casualties in the process.
A number of law firms with offices in the region have been affected with Buddle Findlay, Cavell Leitch, Chapman Tripp, Duncan Cotterill and Simpson Grierson all releasing statements acknowledging that staff are safe. Some firms have urged employees to stay at home and "look after themselves and loved ones".
The Wellington office of the NZ Law Society can be contacted on +64 044727837