STATEMENT FROM LLOYDS PR SOLICITORS REGARDING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Updated as of 5th January 2021
Further to the previous notices on our website dated 24th March 2020 and 24th May 2020, we have reviewed the updates and advice which has followed from various Government departments, including the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 5th January 2021 and a message from the Lord Chief Justice on the 6th January 2021.
Our position as of the 5th January 2021 is as follows:
- Our offices remain closed to visitors and our team members are working remotely from home. Clients will not be offered physical office appointments for the foreseeable future. Please do not attend our offices as you will be turned away. All appointments shall be conducted on the telephone or via an online video conference system;
- We are still providing a 24 hour service, and clients can contact us by calling the office numbers or the mobile phone number of their dedicated solicitor. As best as possible it is business as usual, but with physical meetings being limited to the court and police stations;
- We continue to work on all cases as normal and if you currently have a case with us, we will update you routinely on the status of your case. You can assist us by making sure the contact details we hold for you are correct;
- We shall not be sending letters in the post except to clients held in custody and so email is now our preferred way of contacting our clients. Should you have any issue with this please contact your dedicated solicitor.
- All police stations are operational. If you or a loved one are arrested and you would like for Lloyds PR Solicitors to represent you, the normal procedure applies and you simply have to tell the Sergeant that you would like for Lloyds PR Solicitors to represent you. Alternatively you can phone us directly to inform us of an arrest. Our team members continue to attend police stations 24 hours a day.
- Some police stations prefer for solicitors to attend via video call rather than attend the police station. We are attending the police station in person and via video call depending on the protocol of each police station. We will only attend via video call if the client in question consents to their interview being conducted in this way.
- Magistrates’ courts are still operational. They are hearing all cases including trials. We shall continue to attend court in person or via video link depending on the requirements of each court and each hearing. If you would like to bring someone to support you at court the courts are asking that you only bring one person with you in order to limit the number of people at court.
- Crown court cases are still proceeding, including jury trials, and again our team are attending the Crown court in person or remotely via video link depending on the requirements of each court and each hearing. If you would like to bring someone to support you at court the courts are asking that you only bring one person with you in order to limit the number of people at court.
- The expectation is that if you have an appointment at the police station, or a court hearing, that you will attend, unless you contact us in advance and the court or the police station excuse your attendance. You therefore must attend court hearings unless you are unwell.
- The courts are still trying to manage the number of cases they have to deal with whilst implementing social distancing. You may find that the court adjourns your case at short notice to prevent the court becoming over crowded. We understand how frustrating that can be, and appreciate your patience and understanding if that happens. As solicitor’s this is not something within our control.
- If you or someone you live with is showing any symptoms of Covid-19 then you should not attend court or the police station. You should instead follow Government advice and stay at home in self-isolation for the prescribed period. Please call or email us and we shall attend court/ the police station on your behalf and inform the court of your position.
- We understand that security at court will continue to monitor whether anyone appears to have symptoms of Covid-19. They will refuse entry to anyone who they suspect of having symptoms. If you or anyone in your household has symptoms, you should not attend court. You should inform your dedicated solicitor who will attend court on your behalf and ask for an adjournment.
- We suggest that anyone attending court does so with some hand gel, face masks and gloves. Courts and police stations have installed Perspex screens, social distancing measures, and hand gel. However you still need to bring your own face mask and we recommend carrying your own hand gel.
We are encouraging all clients and members of our team to follow the most up to date Government advice regarding regular hand washing, good hygiene practises and social distancing. Our team members will not be shaking any hands at this time, and will try to avoid physically handing documents between people. Where a document can be scanned and emailed this shall be done instead.
This document aims to set out some useful general advice on the current position. For specific information about your case, please call your dedicated solicitor.