Chambers’ premises are open during normal office hours. Members of chambers have already attended hearings across all practice areas and in a number of different courts using video conferencing facilities, as well as by telephone, and are used to working with electronic documents and bundles. If you would like more information about how this is working in practice please speak to one of the clerks.
There is a temperature checking system in place in chambers as you enter the premises. If you have a raised temperature you will be asked not to enter. No data from the system is stored.
Masks and PPE
The wearing of masks is required in all common areas and on occasions when effective social distancing is more difficult. All contractors visiting the premises will be required to wear PPE.
Wall or floor mounted hand sanitizer is in place throughout both 2 and 4 New Square – this includes at all entrances to the building, on each landing, by each lift on each floor, by each kitchen, by each toilet area, by each printer.
Chambers will keep a record of the full contact details of anyone visiting the premises in case they need to be contacted in reference to track and trace.
Conference meetings in Chambers
Guests for cons are to go straight to con rooms and not wait in the reception area to avoid congestion in reception. There should be staggered arrival times for meetings and more than one meeting starting at the same time should be avoided. Seating in con rooms to be adjusted and the size of con room must allow for social distancing. The windows of the con rooms need to be open whilst in use to ensure good ventilation.
We are now able to provide hot drinks, water and pre-packaged food to members of chambers and clients during conferences. Each individual attendee of the meeting will be supplied with their own glass, cup, teaspoon, hot water, filtered coffee, cold water, teabags, milk and sugar. If pre-packaged food is required for lunch, members of general office should be informed by 9am on the day of the conference. We cannot provide any further utensils than those listed above.
Guests coats and bags cannot be taken and stored.
Conference rooms will not have any pens or pads available for use in them.