We publish this to update you on our policies and procedures in relation to Covid-19.
Clearly, we live and operate in unprecedent times. Chambers will be as nimble and reactive as we can be to fast-changing events. Throughout this time, the health and safety of our clients, staff and tenants remain our paramount overriding concern. Chambers will continue to closely follow government and medical advice as to how we operate as a business. We wish to assure you that we will do everything we can to look after your needs and continue to provide you with a seamless and professional service. Where and when courts are sitting, we will of course do all that we can to continue to represent our clients in those proceedings. Equally, all staff and members of chambers will be required to strictly follow the governments present advice regarding their personal health and the potential need for self-isolation. We are already hearing of instances where cases are now being delayed or adjourned due to the impact of coronavirus. If and when this occurs, chambers will do all that it can to ensure all parties are made aware as soon as possible. Chambers will follow this course of operation to ensure that the wider public health objective is met, and our colleagues and clients’ health is not adversely affected.
We will continue to monitor the situation and notify you of any changes to our policy and procedures.
We have contingency plans in place which will permit, when and where necessary, our staff to work remotely. Our digital systems allow all staff and members to work in this manner for as long as may be required of us.
Telephone and video conferences are available for any of our clients for whom face-to-face meetings in chambers are undesirable or impractical. We are continuing to hold meetings in chambers where it is not possible to do so by telephone, taking account of UK Government guidelines. We would ask that any visitors thinking of coming to chambers to please first consult the Government website to obtain up-to-date advice here about travel and social distancing and, if necessary, to join us instead by telephone.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the clerking team, who will be happy to assist. If, exceptionally, you experience any issue with communication with us please use the emergency telephone numbers listed on this page here: https://www.charterchambers.com/contact/ or the email firstname.lastname@example.org All communications will be attended to as quickly as possible.
We would like to finish by emphasising that we are conscious that this is a difficult time and our thoughts are with anyone who has been personally affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Thank you for your patience and consideration.
Nicholas Rhodes QC, Neil Hawes QC
Joint Heads of Chambers, Charter Chambers.