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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Legal advice and guidance

Businesses, the self-employed, employees are all facing many challenges as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. We have created this page to help you keep up-to-date with the current legal position with advice from our expert team. It will be regularly refreshed as and when new updates are issued by the government and other regulatory bodies.
Need more help? Our team are always here, just email with you enquiry and we will put you in touch with an expert.

Paris Smith response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

We have reviewed and analysed the strength of our business continuity plan. In line with the Government’s strategy we have and are planning for all scenarios and working hard to protect our clients and the community in which we live and work.

We have always treated as a priority the health and wellbeing of our staff, clients and communities. This is right and we continue to do so. We have our own “Cobra Committee” of senior leaders from the core business areas in the firm monitoring developments on a daily basis, and responding to them. We are following the guidance of Public Health England (PHE) and the reports of the World Health Organisation.

We are here to support all our clients and contacts effectively and efficiently throughout this time. We have the technology to continue to meet our clients’ needs and deliver what is required. All our teams in Paris Smith share the same sense of deep commitment of service to our clients and our valued connections. All our professional staff and secretaries are able to work remotely. We can conduct meetings by telephone conferencing.

We have postponed events for the coming months and arranged for meetings wherever possible to be conducted by telephone. Hand gel is available throughout our offices and all visitors to our offices are asked to use the gel and sign a declaration as to their state of health to minimise the risk of inadvertently introducing the virus to any of our offices.

We shall play our part in helping our clients and our communities address the challenges faced by the virus. We are here to help you, your families and your businesses through this crisis and beyond. Do call upon our expertise and network connections if only as a sounding board for ideas which you may have.

Nick Vaughan            Peter Taylor
Senior Partner          Managing Partner

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Peter Taylor | Managing Partner

Advice for businesses

This section provides legal information, guidance and tips for businesses generally as a result of issues arising due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We hope the information provided here will help business owners make informed decisions regarding the day to day running of their business.

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Charities & not for profit

In this section we will keep you updated on any announcements coming from government or other regulatory bodies as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. You may also find our other sections helpful as many of the topics covered will also affect you as a charity or not-for-profit organisation.

Construction & Projects

This section is aimed at the construction industry and the effect that the Coronavirus lockdown is having on the industry and on-going projects.


This section provides legal information, guidance and tips for employers and employees regarding employment related issues arising as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. 




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Property & Planning

In this section we aim to provide legal advice and guidance on property and planning related matters brought about by COVID-19.

Frequently asked questions

In this section we have included all the Coronavirus related frequently asked questions we have received. If there is a question you have that is not covered in this section please do contact us and we will try our best to answer it for you.

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In this section we will list upcoming webinars we feel may be of interest to you and also passed webinars that you may have missed. This section is continually updated so make sure you check back in regularly.

Watch our latest webinar on working from home

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  • Responding to the changing landscape of work and embracing home working  (30 July 2020)

This webinar was all about the legalities of home working. As more businesses embrace it, what do you need to be aware of as an employer?

1. Flexible working requests: your legal obligations
2. Dealing with tricky issues
3. Health and safety of remote workers


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