Coronavirus imageUpdate 31st March

We continue to receive a high volume of enquiries relating to employment law including furlough workers, and self-employment.

Visit our dedicated Employment Law Coronavirus Support page which includes a toolkit of guides, frequently asked questions and further information.

Additionally, here’s our Commercial Recoveries Coronavirus Support page, covering the essentials of increasing the amount of cash flowing in to your business by recovering invoices up to six years old.

If you are a business landlord or tenant, here are the essentials you need to know about leases and forfeiture.

We hope you all stay well and healthy over the coming months.

Update 25th March – Coronavirus

HM is continuing to monitor the developing situation. Based on recent advice from the government, as safety is our priority we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close all our offices to visitors.

However, we can reassure you that we’re operating as usual with our dedicated team now delivering all our services from home via phone appointments. All our advisers are experienced and can provide you with the essential legal advice and guidance you require at this challenging time over the phone, without comprising our gold-standard client service.

Please note that this decision has been made to protect the wellbeing of both our clients and our team, and we thank you for your understanding.

We are keen to guide you through the coming months ahead. If you would like to book a phone appointment please contact us on [email protected] or call 01244 318131.

We hope you all stay well and healthy over the coming months.

For updates please visit the Coronavirus Government Business Support web page.

Update 24th March – Coronavirus

With the ongoing situation surrounding coronavirus (Covid-19), we would like to reassure you that here at HM, we are taking proactive steps. This includes regularly reviewing our policies and procedures in accordance with daily updates advised from the government and the WHO.

We are here to help colleagues, clients and associates over the next weeks and months – we hope you remain healthy in the face of the current challenges.

To support you we are offering a free discussion with any business owners who are concerned about their current situation and are unsure what to do next. This is including employment law issues, and for those who want to talk about making or updating a Will, or Lasting Power of Attorney.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns:

E: [email protected]

T: 01244 318131

Also visit our dedicated Employment Law Coronavirus Support page.

Are the offices currently open as usual?

Yes, at the moment and if this changes we will provide an update.

We are as always committed to unrivalled client service, and consider the welfare, health and safety of both clients and staff to be of primary importance.

We will be continuing operation of services as normal without interruption, and will ensure your legal matter is handled the same as before through online working. If we need to, we are well prepared to provide support during the ongoing situation, in the safest way possible. This is in line with our duty as a business to keep our employees and our communities as risk free as possible.

Do I need to visit the office?

No, as in light of coronavirus, we understand that some clients may be worried about coming into the offices, so we have relaxed our policy of visiting our advisers in person.

We are arranging phone appointments for those who may be worried about face-to-face meetings, now or in the coming months. We are committed to doing all that we can to protect everyone concerned, especially our more vulnerable clients. Phone consultations will still mean you are receiving access to our same quality service during this uncertain period.

If you are comfortable with still coming into the office for an appointment, we continue to follow the Government’s recommended guidance for staff and visitors.

Are you following the coronavirus stay-at-home guidance?

The government has released ‘stay-at-home guidance’ for those who show symptoms of a coronavirus infection or have been around those who have – here is more information. We are continuing to support staff working from home, with no interruption to providing essential support and advice.

Update 20th March 2020. If you fall within a high risk category, as identified by the NHS, you will be advised to stay-at-home for 12 weeks to avoid risk of infection.

Update 24th March 2020. The government have advised that all must now stay-at-home. Individuals are advised to only leave their homes for the following reasons:

  1. Shopping for necessities
  2. Once a day for exercise
  3. Medical need or providing care
  4. Travelling to or from work (if you can’t work from home)

All non-essential businesses’ must ensure all staff who can are working from home (following stay-at-home guidance above) and that those travelling to and from work be kept to a minimum. This is unless the work has been deemed as essential by the UK government. All businesses’ should encourage clients and customers to stay home, closing offices and workplaces off if necessary.

Also, we are encouraging social distance measures, keeping up with best hygiene practice, and keeping yourself up-to-date with general advice and recommendations here.

Are you a business, concerned about the challenges ahead?

We understand that businesses are facing unprecedented challenges right now. Please be reassured that we are here to help. Please visit our dedicated Employment Law Coronavirus Support page, offering recommendations to businesses at this time along with a Toolkit of information to guide you through unprecedented times ahead.

Do you have concerns about your personal and business affairs during this challenging time surrounding Covid-19?

We are in the midst of a very difficult and unprecedented situation. Please be reassured that we’re here to help you through the coming months however we can to ease your worries. Contact us for a free initial discussion about your situation.

Here is a short video from Ruth, our Head of Wills, Trusts and Estates. Ruth explains how we can support you and ease your concerns about sorting or redrafting a Will, estate planning, nominating a Lasting Power of Attorney, or discussing a Business Will, protecting both business and personal assets.

Our friendly and approachable experts are here to help – please get in touch with our dedicated Wills, Trusts & Estates team. Phone appointments are available, as we move towards encouraging clients to follow stay-at-home guidance issued by the government and the NHS. 

We assure you that we will work with you to identify the best steps forward. We aim to keep the risks low for everyone involved, without you having to cancel any appointments. Our teams are well trained to provide phone appointments, still addressing your key issues and requirements from a legal perspective.

If you are concerned about an appointment, and would like to re-arrange it to be over the phone, please contact us by email or give us a call.

Our Viper Committee (HM’s COBRA-like team) is reviewing government and public health guidance in relation to the Coronavirus daily. Follow us on social media for updates or revisit this dedicated web page.

Thanks for your understanding and we hope that you have found our response reassuring. We are here to help and will continue to provide practical tips and guidance to help you through the coming months.

Information up-to-date as of 30th March 2020.