Following on from the extensive reporting in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic we have implemented a number of protocols to enable the business to continue operating if a staff member or principal is diagnosed with the virus and/or the office needs to close for a period of time.
Our staff and principals have adopted best practice in the office environment particularly around personal hygiene in light of the health risks posed by COVID-19.
There has already been a number of law firms affected, including those that have had to close their office for a period of time.
Some of the protocols that we have implemented include ensuring remote access to our electronic client matter files, database management and financial systems to allow staff to work from home. Also, face to face meetings have been restricted and will only take place if there is no other alternative. The implementation of telephone or other forms of remote conferencing will be utilised.
We will do our best to ensure that matters run smoothly if there is an incident that requires us to implement any of these protocols.
In speaking to other practitioners in the legal profession we are confident that there will be a significant degree of cooperation and understanding to minimise any adverse impacts of COVID-19 on professional practices and the affairs of clients.
As promoted by the Federal and State governments and their health advisers there needs to be a significant community and business commitment to adopting the recommended measures to best manage and arrest the spread of COVID-19, and we, as your solicitors, have adopted those measures.
We look forward to continuing to be of assistance and thank you for your understanding during this time.