Coronavirus legal resource hubs go live across Yorkshire

Coronavirus legal resource hubs go live across Yorkshire

Law firms across Yorkshire have developed information and resource hubs for clients and colleagues to find out the latest about the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and how they can manage during this unprecedented crisis.

Below are brief summaries of each hub and links to where they can be found. This article will be updated as and when new resources become available.

Banner Jones Solicitors

Banner Jones has looked at the key considerations that business owners and decision makers should keep in mind for the coming months when making decisions, particularly in relation to staff.

Read Banner Jones’s blog post on protecting your business and your employees during difficult trading periods

Blacks Solicitors

Blacks has created a hub of articles and advice on dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This will be updated regularly as government instructions change and the situation develops.

Visit the Blacks coronavirus update hub

Chadwick Lawrence

Chadwick Lawrence has created a page where clients will find regularly updated guidance pursuant to announcements made by the government.

Visit the Chadwick Lawrence coronavirus update hub

Clarion

Clarion has written several articles offering advice and information for affected businesses and industries, including hospitality. 

Visit the Clarion blog for information and advice on the coronavirus pandemic

Langleys Solicitors

Langleys has put together a booklet to give clients some helpful and practical guidance about what they need to do in a number of key areas. There are contact details for specialists in each of them.

Read Langleys’s practical guidance for businesses during the coronavirus pandemic

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett has developed a dedicated coronavirus hub and placed all of its resources on its homepage for easy access.

View the Lupton Fawcett coronavirus hub

Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons has extensive support and advice available for clients on its website. The firm is also publishing weekly podcasts aimed at in-house counsel and general counsel, and will be using its Outlaw site for daily news articles and comment pieces during the coronavirus pandemic.

Visit the Pinsent Masons website and Outlaw news platform

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is regularly publishing guidance and advice on its Covid-19 resource hub, where readers can sign up to receive the firm’s regular bulletins.

The firm has also launched the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Contingency Risk Assessment Tool. It is inviting businesses to self-assess their contingency arrangements using the complimentary online tool, with the option to receive a contingency planning template. The self-assessment tool takes a maximum of 15 minutes to complete and, within 24 hours, those who complete it will be sent a summary, which will map the factors that they have not yet considered. Squire Patton Boggs will also send those who complete it anonymised benchmarking information collated from assessments completed by other clients and contacts.

View the Squire Patton Boggs Covid-19 resource hub

Receive the firm’s regular bulletins

View and complete the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Contingency Risk Assessment Tool

Wake Smith Solicitors

Wake Smith Solicitors in Sheffield has created a hub of articles and advice on dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This will be updated regularly as government instructions change and the situation develops. It also includes regular clarification on the company’s own working practices.

Visit the Wake Smith coronavirus hub

Walker Morris

Walker Morris has collated its articles as part of its #WMCOVID19 series, as well as the contact details of all of its specialists in affected areas.

Visit the Walker Morris coronavirus update hub


Key workers

The UK government has confirmed that keeping the justice system running during the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is vital and that certain practitioners are being recognised as key workers during the crisis.

The Ministry of Justice has issued further guidance on which legal practitioners come within the limited category of key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Law Society of England and Wales, which has analysed the guidance, the legal practitioners covered are those who are essential to the running of the justice system, particularly  the courts and tribunals.

These legal practitioners are:

  • Advocates (including solicitor advocates) required to appear before a court or tribunal (remotely or in person), including prosecutors
  • Other legal practitioners required to support the administration of justice, including duty solicitors (police station and court) and barristers, solicitors, legal executives, paralegals and others who work on imminent or ongoing court or tribunal hearings
  • Solicitors acting in connection with the execution of wills
  • Solicitors and barristers advising people living in institutions or deprived of their liberty

Only legal practitioners who work on these types of matters, cases and hearings will be permitted to be classified as a key worker, according to the Law Society’s analysis of the guidance.

Some legal practitioners will intermittently fall into the key worker category because they need to provide advice or attend a hearing for an urgent matter relating, for example, to safeguarding children or vulnerable adults, or a public safety matter.

For the limited time required to deliver this work, a legal practitioner will be a key worker.

Legal practitioners categorised as key workers can ask schools to continue to take their children, but the Law Society advised that such a request “should be an exceptional step where this is essential in order to keep the wheels of justice turning” during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The government’s guidance makes clear that even if you are a key worker, if your child can be looked after at home, they should be,” the Law Society explained.

“In the current climate schools are not open just for education, but as places of safety for the few children who cannot safely be looked after at home, because those who are caring for them are key workers doing essential work.”

“Solicitors will need to decide responsibly for themselves whether they fall within the categories outlined, within the spirit of being essential to the running of the justice system, in accordance with the overriding objective of keeping children at home wherever possible.”

The Law Society has produced a comprehensive hub of advice and updates legal practitioners during the coronavirus pandemic, which can be accessed here

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