Leicestershire Law Society

Statement Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Given the unprecedented COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, we wanted to update you on the actions taken by the Leicestershire Law Society at this time.

Annual Awards

It is with regret that the Leicestershire Law Society Executive Board have collectively agreed that the Annual Dinner and Legal Awards 2020, on Friday 20th March, has been postponed until further notice.

Whilst the Leicestershire Law Society has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement a postponement in response to the crisis.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but LLS must prioritise the health and well-being of our legal and business community.  Please be aware this is not a cancellation of the event, but a postponement, and all ticket sales will be held until we can confirm a future date for the event.

The view was taken that it would be irresponsible for LLS to proceed with the awards and we would prefer to run a highly successful event at a later date.

Other LLS Events

We have also agreed to postpone all other events and training courses until further notice, including the Ethics Roundtable, and Matrix Professional Network.

Guidance for our members

We will continue to provide our members with updates from The National Law Society, HMCTS and other local legal organisations. Please therefore, find links below to the following documents:

President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice: Guidance for the Family Court

Leicester and Leicestershire Family courts: Response to COVID-19 and government advice

Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland put out a statement this afternoon on the running of the courts during the coronavirus pandemic.

Subsequent to the statement, HMCTS has just published new guidance on how we will use telephone and video technology to support the justice system during the coronavirus outbreak.

The HMCTS coronavirus GOV.UK guidance page continues to be updated as regularly and quickly as possible and should remain the first port of call for court and tribunals information in regard to the pandemic please.

We appreciate many of our members will be experiencing major changes in their ways of working and income streams during these times of major uncertainty. These are indeed difficult times for all of us, and no doubt we will all continue to support one another in any way we can.

Guidance from The Law Society for England & Wales

We have set up a page on the Law society website to support members with issues arising from COVID-19 which includes a regularly updated Q&A section – https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/advice/articles/coronavirus-advice-and-updates/

As you would expect we have been engaging with Government agencies to seek clarification across a range of issues, you can access this information here – https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/advice/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-priority-issues-and-government-resources/

We are aware that there are some specific issues arising around residential conveyancing transactions, we have addressed these issues here – https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/advice/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-and-residential-conveyancing-transactions/

We also recognise that there will undoubtedly be an impact on the wellbeing of members, there is some guidance and support available which can be accessed  here  – https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/advice/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-our-members-wellbeing/