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CoronavirusPosted on 16.03.2020
We have taken a number of steps to ensure that Chambers is well prepared for the impact of any Coronavirus restrictions and any precautionary measures. We have been following Government advice and updates from Public Health England and are working with our regulators and our clients to ensure we act accordingly. Our primary interest is the health of our staff, barristers and clients.
Our intention is to continue to provide an exceptional service in difficult circumstances and we are taking steps and precautions to facilitate this.
Our cleaning precautions include additional and enhanced cleaning, hand washing and sterilisation.
We invite all conferences and hearings to take place via telephone and video conference facilities where appropriate and are working with the Court Service to facilitate this wherever possible. All of our barristers and staff have access to Skype for Business and telephone conferencing facilities and all are accustomed to providing written and telephone advices and can do so at short notice where required.
If you have booked a conference that requires attendance in person by one of our barristers or at one of our Chambers you will be asked questions about Coronavirus by our staff. Please do not be alarmed or embarrassed. Our intention is to ensure all conferences take place in a safe environment and that we follow latest government guidance. These questions may include questions about recent travel, any relevant symptoms or interaction with anyone who has had any relevant symptoms. We will ask this of anyone who attends Chambers and ask that only essential parties attend. Please be aware, we are following the latest Government advice in relation to self-isolation. Therefore, if you have come into contact with anyone who has one of the two main symptoms of a persistent cough or a fever (raised temperature), or if you have one or both of those symptoms, we ask that you do not attend any of our sites or any hearing for at least 14 days. Please inform us of any relevant symptom as soon as practical. If one of our staff or barristers believes that any visitor to Chambers displays any of these symptoms they may ask to terminate the conference and rearrange the meeting over the telephone or via video link. We hope that you will work with us to ensure this policy can be carried out so as to protect our barristers, staff and clients.
In order to ensure your work can continue smoothly we have a number of measures that we can rely on. St John’s Buildings are award winning when it comes to our adoption of technology to facilitate electronic working. All of our barristers and staff have Office 365, Skype for Business and Microsoft teams. We have full remote access to our diary management system and have comprehensive cloud-based case management and document storage solutions. We use electronic papers and would ask that all papers are sent in electronically.
We can support clients with a remote service, even if in isolation. Our facilities include:
– Full electronic working solution
– Cloud storage and case document access
– Office 365 for all barristers and staff
– Skype for business
– Full telephone conferencing solution allowing multi-party calls, managed virtually
– Telephone system redirection and remote access
Moreover, our barristers are committed to assisting you. If that includes providing personal mobile phone numbers, we will do that. Please email or speak to one of our team.
We provide our services using encrypted devices and have achieved Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, ensuring our facilities are secure. While we remain committed to providing the same great service we always have, we encourage clients to use the technology that is available and avoid face to face conferences wherever possible. During this disruption our email addresses and phone numbers will remain the same. We have the ability to react quickly to any change in circumstances or specific client requirement. Please just ask.
We can be contacted at the details on our contact page as normal.
If you need a direct dial telephone number of a member of staff or their email address please click here for a full staff list.
We look forward to working with you at this difficult time.
St John’s Buildings