Coronavirus: A Message from our Head of Costs, Anil Virji
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I hope that you are well. I am sure that you, like the rest of us, are concerned about the Coronavirus, not only in terms of your staff, colleagues and clients but also the effect it will have on your business and those who work with you.
The purpose of this press release is to reassure you that Civil and Commercial remain fully operational and able to provide a seamless and complete service to all our existing clients and any new ones. Our Managing Director, Andrew Thomas and I understand, given the nature of the work we do, that our being able to continue working can have an important role to play in the prosperity of your business.
Currently, all employees that can work from home are doing so. All our staff have the ability to access our network remotely. The nature of our IT systems means that at all times every member of staff is fully contactable by telephone (on their normal numbers) and/or email.
We have asked staff to monitor their personal situation and to let us know if they present, or have been exposed to anyone with, symptoms. In this regard we are adopting current government guidelines. I should add that we have stopped all personal interaction between our offices in order to keep each office entirely separate in the event of an issue arising.
In terms of hearings, the current line from the courts is that hearings are to go ahead as scheduled unless new directives are issued by the government. Obviously, this provides a risk of exposure. We are in regular contact with the courts and are trying to encourage them to utilise technology and allow hearings to take place via telephone or video conferencing. I am pleased to say that the courts are very willing to accommodate and we have already had a number of hearings changed to telephone hearings.
We are aware of short-notice adjournments both requested and enforced; if you would like to discuss this in regards to upcoming hearings, please get in touch.
We remain able to collect files by courier or via the DX and return them to you at your preferred address. In addition to this we also have the ability to transfer files safely and securely via all manner of electronic means including FTP. We do not foresee this changing.
I would add, if you are not currently transferring files electronically and would like to then please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss the various options available.
Like everyone else, Andrew and I are closely monitoring the advice provided by government on the outbreak and are constantly reviewing our working practices to ensure we remain fully operational within government guidelines.
Should you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me either by email or phone on 07584 169131. Alternatively, you can contact the team on their normal numbers; if they are working remotely the call will divert!
Should anything change then we will let you know via the normal outlets, but for now I repeat we are continuing to operate, within Government guidelines, to assist your business in these challenging times.
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