Posted by Marcus McCarthy | 18 March 2020 | COVID-19
Amidst so much uncertainty, operationally, for Nexus, it is business as usual. Our model is geared to facilitate flexible working arrangements and many of our senior lawyers already work remotely so unlike, other law firms, there is very little disruption to Nexus services as a result of Covid-19.
The social and economic impacts of this virus are of course unprecedented, and we are committed to ensuring everyone’s health and safety during this time. For this reason, we have implemented a range of measures to support or clients and staff in a safe and sustainable manner.
Online and face to face meetings
Our offices in Sydney, Newcastle and Adelaide are still open for business. However, for the safety of all involved, we have asked our staff to practice ‘active separation’ and avoid face to face meetings where possible.
Again, the Nexus structure is well geared to facilitate this, as our systems have been fully cloud-based for some time. Many of our meetings are already conducted online and we will simply expand our use of virtual meetings over the next few months.
Anyone who has travelled overseas within the past 14 days or who is showing any flu like symptoms will be asked to meet by phone or virtually.
Where office attendance is essential, clients will be asked to register their details at reception.
Execution of Documents
Nexus provides an online digital signature solution for general commercial contracts but some documents, such as larger M&A transactions, corporate documentation and Estate Planning documents, still need an in-person signature.
Some in-person executions can be delayed of course but where timing of personal signatures is of the essence, we will make arrangements for this to be done in a separate isolated area of our offices.
If you are scheduled to be in Court, we will contact you if there are any changes. Each court is operating slightly differently and information about the measures they have in place are available on their websites. Some helpful links follow:
Supporting you and your business through this challenging time
If you have any questions about our COVID-19 business continuity response plan, we are happy to answer any questions or provide additional advice.
Our lawyers are considering the legal and commercial implications of COVID-19 for businesses on every level, so please feel free to CONTACT your Nexus lawyer, if you require any advice or assistance in this area.
In our COVID-19 NEXUS Alerts #2 and #3, we looked at the Commonwealth and NSW legislative measures which had been introduced to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on certain commercial and retail leases – with detail being proposed to follow via specific state and territory regulations being adopted. NSW has now enacted its regulations.