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Coronavirus – 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.

Paris Smith response to the Coronavirus 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 employers & Employees

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




This section provides legal information, guidance and tips for people who are self-employed on anything affecting you by the Coronavirus pandemic. If there is something you have a query about that has not been covered so far, please do contact us and we will help if we can.

Planning advice

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

Landlord & Tenant

This section is aimed at keeping landlords and tenants up-to-date with current issues arising as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Business leaders webinar

Navigating your business through the COVID-19 storm – 2nd April @ 10 – 11.30am

This is a free 90-minute workshop for business leaders in Southampton, hosted by our very own Peter Taylor, Managing Partner and Chair of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Team; Steve Groom, CEO of Vissensa and Paul Stevens, Business Consultant.

Please click on the link below for full details of the webinar and how to book your place. Spaces are limited to 30 so book early.

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