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Update from Andrew Parsons, Senior Partner, May 2020

This is an update from Andrew Parsons, Senior Partner, to update you on the firm’s response to the circumstances created by the pandemic.

On 11 May the Government announced steps to ease the lockdown. They are clearly keen to re-invigorate the economy, although the advice remains to work from home if you can.

As outlined in Andrew’s previous updates, the firm has been utilising remote technology so that staff can work from home and the firm can continue to operate across all of its specialist sectors. A full client service remains in place. There is therefore no need for staff to travel to the offices and the three offices remain closed to the public. In particular, this avoids the use of public transport at a time when the operators are still trying to work out how to maintain social distancing on their networks. In the meantime, staff remain ready to provide assistance to clients by email, telephone or conference call.

There does seem to be an increasing return to a form of normality: the Old Bailey is starting its first socially distanced jury trials, and building sites have re-opened. Estate agents have been able to open again for business, and the civil courts have increasingly been embracing the available technology to keep cases running. Hopefully this momentum will continue in the coming weeks.

I will update you further in due course but 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