Following the announcement last night regarding the ‘lockdown’ of the country due to coronavirus we are posting to make you aware of changes to our working practices.
We, as a business, are remaining open, with a skeleton staff of just 6 present in the office, including 3 of the management team. We need to stay open as we have clients who are about to complete their house move, clients whose legal cases are imminently to have court hearings, and clients who need to urgently update and sign their Will.
Although official clarification of the status of solicitors’ appointments is awaited from the Government after last night’s announcement, Solicitors were classed as ‘key-workers’ for the purposes of children attending school last week, which is what we have based our policy on.
All other staff are now working from home.
Our phone lines remain operational and all calls will be answered, but messages most likely taken and calls returned from our staff working from home. Emails will all still be answered promptly and any ongoing cases will continue to be progressed. Where an appointment in person is urgent and unavoidable (for example signing a Will or a crucial legal document), these will still be taking place at our office, but with strict social distancing measures in place.
If you have a legal problem that you would like advice upon, for example drafting a Will or a property issue, we are able to conduct all consultations via phone or video call, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need legal assistance.
These policies are being reviewed very regularly and if the situation changes again we will publish details. But for the foreseeable future, please do not attend our offices unless it is for a pre-arranged appointment or to drop off crucial documents, which should be posted through the letterbox at our office in Shirley.
Thank you for your continued support. Best wishes to you all and your families from all the team at Wadsworths Solicitors.