Jirsch Sutherland is offering obligation-free consultations to accountants, business owners, directors and other trusted advisers. The advice centres on insolvency related issues, an area that is gaining prominence in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The free consultation service is not new – it has been offered by Jirsch Sutherland for a number of years as part of the firm’s commitment to help the communities in which its insolvency specialists work and live. A key factor in its popularity is that those who take advantage of a free consultation are under no obligation to then move to formally use the firm’s services.
“As a firm, we want to use our skill sets and expertise to help business owners, directors and trusted advisers such as accountants navigate through financial crises and to assist them in determining the best solution for their issues,” says Bradd Morelli, Jirsch Sutherland’s National Managing Partner. “For many, there’s often little knowledge about where to turn and we offer them a completely different perspective when it comes to options that are available that they may know absolutely nothing about.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of providing guidance on insolvency matters and by allowing advisers to pick our brains on behalf of their clients – without any obligation – they are given the confidence to ask about, and explore, different options to help them.”
All Jirsch Sutherland and WA Insolvency Solutions Partners are happy to take calls and respond to emails. Pre-appointment meetings with potential clients is also part of the complimentary service.
“The free consultation provides an important sounding board before decisions are implemented that may have a long-term impact on a business,” says Morelli. “In the current environment, many businesses are being forced to adapt their operations to deal with the effects of COVID-19 and they usually have little time to prepare, not only for the day-to-day changes but for what’s ahead after the pandemic passes.”
Types of enquiries
Morelli says the types of enquiries Jirsch Sutherland receives from accountants and lawyers on behalf of their clients are generally around issues such as:
- not being able to pay tax debt
- workers’ compensation claims
- loss of a contract and the resulting loss of income
- events that have caused business turnover to drop dramatically (such as the 2020 bushfires, drought and now COVID-19)
“Our door is always open to discuss sensitive financial issues,” says Morelli. “Sometimes just a five-minute phone call will provide much-needed perspective for a business or individual.”