While elements of society are beginning to return to normal after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, certain public health and social distancing measures are expected to remain in place for a considerable time.
At BPC Lawyers we have followed the advice of state and federal governments and health authorities in conducting our usual business while ensuring our valued clients are protected against the spread of the disease to the best of our ability.
To this end we have maintained a high degree of hygiene in our offices and where possible, progressed all matters with clients via Zoom, telephone and email. Please call our office if you need further assurance about how we are protecting your health for the duration of the pandemic.
Avoiding in-person attendance
Legal matters always involve a lot of paperwork and sometimes need signatures to be witnessed. As much as possible we ask clients to scan or email documents and use electronic signatures to avoid unnecessary in-person appearances at our offices or elsewhere during the COVID-19 emergency.
Wherever possible, online video conferencing will be used in order to keep your legal matter moving forward. If your matter is due soon, we will be in touch to confirm the best and safest way for it proceed, whether by video conference or other means.
If it’s necessary that you must attend our office for a meeting, be assured that essential public health measures such as hand hygiene, avoiding handshakes and social distancing before, during and after the meeting are conscientiously observed.
Appointments with doctors in legal matters
In matters such as compensation for personal injury, where part of the process is attending a doctor for a ‘medico-legal’ assessment, the safeguards around medical staff apply. This means that the doctor will require you to provide an assurance you have not been exposed to, or been diagnosed with coronavirus; have not been overseas in the last 14 days; and do not currently have any symptoms which resemble those of coronavirus.
If any of those situations above apply to you, please contact us so that we can reschedule your appointment and provide an updated timeline for resolution of your matter.
Contact us today
We’ve all had to change the way we usually do things as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. And no-one is really sure how long the public health precautions will remain in place.
We understand that if you’re about to embark on a legal matter, or in the midst of one, this a time of great stress and uncertainty. If you’re unsure about the effect of the public health measures on your legal issue, please contact our office today on 1800 431 590 for a more detailed discussion.