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An update from Andrew Parsons, Senior Partner

A month has passed since the last of my communications on how we have been reacting to the coronavirus pandemic.

I hope that you will have been receiving our sector specific briefings and have been following our output of social media commentary. Follow us on social media by clicking on the following links: Twitter and LinkedIn.

However, I thought that a month on, it might be useful to circulate an update.

Although the three offices remain closed to the public, the firm is operating across all of its specialist sectors. The staff are working from home utilising our remote technology. We have been very pleased at the firm’s resilience and maintenance of its governance standards, perhaps best epitomised by the fact that we were able to complete the conversion to an LLP whilst everybody was working from home.

Despite the difficulties caused by these unprecedented times, if you need anything from us please do not hesitate to get in touch with your usual contact at RadcliffesLeBrasseur.

It is often said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. That may be so but legal services must be somewhere up there as well, and I have been very proud of the way members of the firm have continued to deliver the specialist legal services that we are known for. With that in mind I thought that you might be interested in some of the highlights of issues that we have been involved with over recent weeks:

  1. We were instructed to intervene in potential judicial review proceedings relating to ethical guidance on Covid 19 triage
  2. We successfully opposed an application to the Court of Protection by the relative of a care home resident who wished to seek to override the home’s visiting and infection control regime
  3. We have undertaken one of the first online Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal final hearings
  4. Our private client team continues to support our clients during these difficult and uncertain times, including responding to urgent requests to update Wills and remaining in regular contact with some of our more isolated clients
  5. Rent variation agreements have been put in place for several clients by our Property Department. They have also advised clients on the effect of the Government’s restrictions on moving house and put in place variations of existing conveyancing contracts
  6. Family law difficulties caused by the lockdown in relation to contact and finance have been resolved
  7. Our Employment Law team has been particularly busy. They are working on podcasts for the website and have been undertaking remote telephone Employment Tribunal hearings. In addition they have  provided advice and guidance on the Furlough scheme and the recent changes in employment law which has required a review of contracts of employment. They are also preparing for a skype hearing in the Upper Tax Tribunal regarding IR35 issues in June.

Media attention is now focusing on when the Government will lift the lockdown. The Prime Minister was clear earlier this week that he was not going to risk the benefits achieved so far by rushing this, however, in due course the economy will need to return to some form of ‘normal’. Business restructuring, tax advice and litigation are likely to be in high demand, along with legal advice across the spectrum. As ever we will be ready and able to continue to provide services to our clients.

On behalf of the firm, may I again wish you and your loved ones our very best wishes during this difficult period.

Andrew Parsons, Senior Partner and Head of Healthcare Providers

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