Like all businesses, we are committed to containing and delaying the spread of Coronavirus in the UK and so are taking steps to try and prevent the virus from becoming more widespread.
Our duty of care
We have a duty of care to all our staff and those who visit our premises, including clients.
As part of this obligation, we are doing everything in our power to stop the spread of the virus and taking a number of appropriate steps.
Staff members who come into contact with an infected person or that may have returned from a high-risk area will not be allowed to make clients visits or work in our office until they have been through a period of self-isolation, in line with the Government’s current advice, to ensure they do not have the virus.
Staff have also been asked to adhere to the Government guidelines in respect of standard basic hygiene processes. This includes:
- Coughing or sneezing into tissues that are disposed of
- Washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water
- Cleaning well-used surfaces regularly
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
We have also put a hold on staff attending external seminars and business events, and put arrangements in place for staff who rely on public transport either to work from home or travel at off-peak times.
We are gearing up for more staff to work from home and for everyone to do this should it become necessary. In the event of that happening, we will have a system in place to ensure we can continue to look after clients’ affairs, thanks to the technology which we employ within our practice.
We request that clients inform us if they, or anybody in their office or business premises, have had contact with an infected person or have returned from a high-risk area if we are due to visit them or they are due to visit us to ensure we can take the proper precautions.
Ongoing monitoring and actions
Government advice is changing regularly and therefore it may be that new recommendations or protection measures are implemented by us.
As previously mentioned, this is likely to involve staff working remotely from home and doing more meetings by telephone rather than face-to-face.
We already have contingency plans in place to try and ensure that the essential services we provide will not be affected.
We hope that by putting measures in place early we can help to stop the spread of the virus and ensure that we can continue to support our clients.
If you have any queries regarding our preparations or procedures for the Coronavirus, please contact us.
We appreciate that this is an extremely difficult time for everybody, and we want to give the best possible support to all of our clients.