Covid-19 Law Society Advice and Guidance for Members: October 2020
Covid-19 Law Society General Resources and Support
The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to change day by day. The Law Society continues to monitor the situation and develop advice and support to help you through these unprecedented times.
This North Update draws your attention to particular guidance, but stay up to date by visiting the Law Society’s updated online resources:
And, stay informed on what the Law Society is doing here:
|· Return, Restart, Recovery, Law Society Campaign
The Law Society campaign to support solicitors, firms and the wider national recovery effort – the Return, Restart, and Recovery campaign – seeks to place solicitors within the wider context and identify the role our profession will play to support access to justice and drive our economy forward.
In the light of recent COVID-19 developments the view is that we should change the first R Return to ‘reset’. This will be reviewed as the situation develops. Full details of the campaign are here
· See our submission on the Spending Review
Part of the 3Rs campaign is the comprehensive spending review which sets out departmental spending for the years ahead and is the biggest opportunity to influence government spending priorities for our justice system.
See our submission to the spending review here
· The Governments winter economy plans
Recently the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, published his Winter Economic Plan and gave a statement to the House of Commons.
The plan seeks to provide support for the economy in the wake of new government restrictions aimed at tackling the spread of coronavirus. The focus of the plan is to “nurture the recovery by protecting jobs.”
The Chancellor has announced:
Further details on the announcements can be found here.
In addition to this statement, it has been widely reported that the Chancellor will no longer give a Budget this autumn.
Keeping members safe in court and prepared for potential lockdowns
With ongoing reports that the rate of COVID-19 infections continues to increase across England and Wales keeping our members safe remains one of our key priorities. In areas where there are local lockdowns, courts and tribunals continue to function as normal and we ask members to continue observing social distancing rules.
We also continue to have concerns that allowing lawyers to break quarantine to attend hearings will increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission and pose a significant danger to court users, including the most vulnerable. We’d like to thank all who contributed to this issue, which we put to government on your behalf. We’ve had confirmation from government that they expect everyone who uses and/or works in the courts and tribunals to observe quarantine unless explicitly required to attend court. Read more on this here
Additional Nightingale court sites announced