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Wilberforce Chambers’ response to COVID-19: Temporary measures

Published: Friday 27 March 2020

Wilberforce Chambers remains open for business. We have in place arrangements to allow us to continue to serve our clients with minimal disruption, including the use of remote working technology. We continue to monitor and follow Government and HMCTS guidance, and we are working with our clients to help implement any necessary changes to hearings, meetings or other appointments. All of our contact details (phone numbers, email addresses or otherwise) are the same and are available to view on our website.

Business continuity

At Wilberforce, our priority is the health and well-being of all our colleagues, clients and contacts, and as such, we are continually monitoring the evolving practical, operational and legal issues related to the Coronavirus outbreak and acting where necessary.

While the chambers premises are temporarily closed to visitors, we are adopting a number of strategies to ensure that we are able to maintain our focus on high-quality client service:

  1. Our staff and members. We are working remotely using secure systems and remain fully operational.
  2. Court hearings and conferences. Members of chambers are attending remote court hearings and conferences via telephone and/or by video using Skype for Business, Zoom or BT. Information and guidance on the conduct of remote hearings is contained in the current protocol released by the Judiciary. Please contact any member of the practice management team for assistance or advice in this regard.
  3. Reception. Please continue to contact us on our main switchboard number on +44 (0) 20 7306 0102.

Deliveries to chambers

We ask that, until further notice, contact is made with the relevant practice manager to discuss alternative delivery arrangements. Please do not send papers to chambers via post or DX without prior discussion as this may result in additional delay.

If you require any assistance or have questions about the temporary measures we have in place, please contact:

Nicholas Luckman (Practice Director)

Mark Rushton (Head Practice Manager)

Danny Smillie (Senior Practice Manager)

Fraser Geddes (Senior Practice Manager)

Andrew Barnes (Senior Practice Manager)

We wish our clients, colleagues and friends of chambers the very best during this difficult period.