Legal professionals should not be permitted to break quarantine to attend hearings and tribunals, the Law Society has warned.

In August 2020, the government clarified that anyone required to attend an in-person hearing returning from non-exempt countries – including solicitors and barristers – will be allowed to break the mandatory 14-day self-isolation period to attend court or tribunal hearings. After attending the hearing, they should continue their self-isolation.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have been absolutely clear that the health and safety of all courts users is of the utmost importance, while recognising the need to keep the wheels of justice turning,” said Law Society president Simon Davis.

“Allowing lawyers to break quarantine to attend hearings will increase the risk of Covid-19 transmission and pose a significant danger to court users.”