Domestic violence, discrimination, money and debt problems and consumer rip offs are just a few of the issues Legal Aid Queensland deals with from the general public on a daily basis.
At the coalface is Toby Davidson – one of Legal Aid Queensland’s lawyers fielding the hundreds of calls the organisation receives daily from people seeking legal advice.
Toby joined Legal Aid Queensland in 2010 having previously worked in community legal centres and a private law firm where he practiced in criminal law, family law and child protection.
Having worked with young people in both his current and previous roles, Toby has a particular interest in how the law relates to young people aged under 17 and their legal rights.
As a lawyer, Toby talks to people and helps them understand the law and how it applies to their legal problem, explains their rights and responsibilities and suggests legal and practical options to help resolve their issues.
Did you know?
Young people under 17 years of age can get free legal help from Legal Aid Queensland. Call us on 1300 65 11 88 to find out how we can help.
Toby says no two days are the same for Legal Aid Queensland lawyers.
“In a typical day, we speak to people about a variety of issues ranging from ex-partners disappearing with children; people in watch-houses waiting to be interviewed by police, or those trying to do a good deed by loaning large chunks of money to mates and not receiving payback,” Toby said.
“Most often people talk to our lawyers over the phone, but we are also available to talk face-to-face at one of our 14 offices across Queensland.”
Toby said he and his team also provide legal advice to people in correctional centres via video link.
Last year Legal Aid Queensland provided free legal advice to more than 55,000 Queenslanders to help them resolve their legal problems.
If you need legal help, call Legal Aid Queensland on 1300 65 11 88 (local call cost from a landline in Australia). You can also find legal information on a range of common legal issues on the Legal Aid Queensland website.