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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Date Published:
12 March 2020

Last Updated:
07 September 2020

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to wreak havoc across the world, we wanted to provide legal advice, tips and guidance to the people, businesses and brands trying to survive the crisis.

Please reach out if you have any concerns, questions or queries to see how our solicitors can help.

Alternatively, here are a few of the blogs, articles and content which our team have put together to help provide the legal advice you’re looking for.

Furlough Advice / Lockdown Laws / Impact of COVID-19.

How we are supporting you

We are keeping the situation under regular review by following Government guidance together with advice from the Health & Safety Executive and the Law Society. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure our offices are Covid-19 secure and can now offer meetings within our offices if required. You will find contact numbers for all members of staff under the “expert section” of our website. Alternatively, please call our main general number on 01202 525333.

Risk Assessment

In line with Government guidelines, we have completed risk assessments to ensure our offices are Covid-19 secure.

You can view a copy of our Covid-19 risk assessment here

Guidance to clients attending our offices

As part of our commitment to the safety of our staff and clients, we are requesting all visitors to our offices complete a questionnaire before attending an appointment. A member of our staff will discuss the questionnaire with you at the time of arranging your appointment.

In the event you are simply dropping off paper work, you will not be required to complete a questionnaire and where possible please post paperwork through the letterbox.

To ensure the safety of all concerned it will be necessary for anyone attending a meeting to follow the guidance outlined below:

  1. To help reduce the number of people in our offices at any one time, we would ask that you do not come into the office unless you have a pre-arranged appointment as we may not be able to see you.
  2. In advance of any meeting, you will be asked to confirm that you and all members of your household/anyone with whom you are in a support bubble do not have any of the recognised symptoms of coronavirus, namely:
  • A temperature
  • A persistent cough; or
  • loss of smell or taste

We will not be able to see you if we consider that you are exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus and you will be asked to reschedule your appointment.

  1. Please arrive at our office at the exact time of your meeting to avoid unnecessary waiting. We will be ready to see you. Upon arrival at the office, please telephone our main switchboard number 01202 525333 to notify them of your arrival, at the same time notifying the location of your appointment.
  2. If you are attending the office to sign documentation, please remember to bring your own pen if at all possible.
  3. Upon entry to the building, please use the hand sanitiser which is available to you when you arrive and again when you leave our office.
  4. Social Distancing. All visitors are being asked to respect the latest UK government guidelines. This includes following the 1 meter plus social distancing guidelines.
  5. Our meeting areas are equipped with hand sanitiser and where necessary screens. In the event that you have any concerns, please feel free to discuss the proposed meeting arrangements with us in advance of you coming into our offices. We will endeavour to keep our meetings with you as short as possible and would request that you do the same.
  6. The Government guidance is still not clear about when you should wear a mask (although you need to wear them in shops from 24th July). If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask please bring one with you.

We have taken the necessary steps to follow the Government guidance to make our offices as safe as possible for you and our staff. We would ask you to respect the policies and procedures which we have put in place.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) legal advice and guidance.

Furlough advice: the legal questions & queries around the furlough scheme.

As part of the response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Government introduced the Furlough scheme to help prevent job loss and mass redundancies. The scheme allows people to go on leave while staying on their company’s payroll.

With the complex and uncertain nature of the Furlough scheme, here are some top tips, legal advice and guidance on what to do and how to handle certain situations that surround being Furloughed.

Lockdown laws: what can and can’t you do in the current climate?

With Government guidance constantly adapting and changing to flatten the curve, we’ve had to settle into the ‘new norm’ as we all begin to work remotely and abide by the lockdown rules.

Question is; how will lockdown affect our day-to-day lives both today and in the not too distant future?

Here are a few articles which detail what life looks like during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Impact of COVID-19: how will it affect your life, business and wider-world?

With the incredible amount of impact that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on businesses and law, what was already a complicated subject area has become that much more so.

From contracts and employment to investments and liquidation, here’s everything you need to know about changes in the legal world resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Contact

For more advice on how we can support you please do not hesitate to call a member of our expert team on 01202 525333 or email Bournemouth@ellisjones.co.uk.

Updates

We are continuing to monitor information and guidance from the government and Public Health England about the Coronavirus. We will update this page on a regular basis.