In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, Quadrant Chambers would like to reassure our clients of the business continuity procedures which are already in place and which are planned. We are taking these steps to ensure that we can operate as close to business-as-usual as possible, while maintaining a safe working environment for members, staff, and clients.
Following the current advice, any person who is experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19 is already self-isolating and members of Chambers are working from home where possible. We are now operating with a very reduced staff in Chambers with the remainder working from home.
We operate secure cloud systems and so all of our members, and all members of staff, are able to work from home (or any other location) as required with full and secure access to e-mail, files, etc as well as to their phone calls. We use secure couriers for any hard-copy papers that need to be sent from Chambers.
The service provided to our clients will not be reduced during this period and members of the clerking team remain available in the same way as ever.
We have postponed all large seminars and events. We can offer audio or video conference facilities as necessary and will be working closely with our clients with regard to the arrangements for any meetings. We are closely monitoring guidance from HMCTS in respect of any urgent or forthcoming court hearings as well as from the various arbitral bodies. We are aware of the recently issued Civil Procedures for Remote Hearings guidance issued on 20/03/2020 and are taking account of the procedures.
We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation carefully and update our procedures as necessary – and we will continue to provide the high-quality service that our clients expect throughout this difficult period.
We wish all our clients good health in these difficult times.
Simon Croall QC, Head of Chambers
Nigel Cooper QC, Chair of the Management Committee
Peter Blair, Chief Operating Officer
Updated: 27th March 2020