Novel corona virus UPDATE
We remain open for business. However, like everyone else, we are taking account of the health and safety of our clients and of the SWLaw team. The aim is to make necessary changes in practice but to keep them as seamless as possible.
We are restricting face to face meetings and relying as much as possible on telephone (including FaceTime) and email.
Some of the team are working remotely from home and that is likely to increase as the crisis peaks. They will have access to our computer systems and to the VoIP phone system. Email will be picked up as usual. The phone system should work seamlessly as if everyone were here in the office; (we hope.) The offices will be staffed, at least for the time being, and will be monitored (in any event) for hard copy mail.
People respond and adapt to changing circumstances in different ways. A crisis such as this brings out the best - as well as (sometimes) the worst - in human nature. Our team are very committed to helping us maintain service to the best of our ability. Perhaps we may even learn from some of the necessary adaptations and that may lead to changes in practice and lifestyle that have a continuing effect even after the current crisis has passed.
Our team are responding very positively, constructively and flexibly across all practice areas. Some are likely to be busier whilst others may see a downturn during this difficult period. Already, from the enquiries received, we are finding that the pandemic has focused minds on :
- financial protection - sickness and life insurance
- making Lasting Powers of Attorney - in case there is a period of incapacity
- making (or updating) Wills
We are doing all we can to maintain a high level of service albeit that staff resources may be restricted and timescales may reflect the constraints on resources.
Take care, stay safe, keep up to date with Government guidance, stay virus-free; we all hope that this worrying episode concludes quickly, that its ill effects will be limited and that 'normal' life will be resumed before too long!
Please call back for further updates.