The Law Society has published a practical framework and toolkit to help law firms return to the office safely, in response to government guidance.

On 11 May 2020, the UK government published detailed guidance for offices in England, which covers law firms and sole practitioners.

Toolkit

On 3 June, we released a toolkit for firms to help with a safe return to the office. It includes:

  • a risk assessment template
  • coronavirus (COVID-19) posters to display in your office
  • other resources including a flowchart to help firms with staffing decisions.

Practical framework

On 12 May, we published a practical framework for firms and sole practitioners, based on the government guidance.

The basic principles include the following.

  • Non-prescriptive – firms will need to translate the guidance into specific actions, depending on size, management and structure.
  • Work from home if possible – firms should make every reasonable effort to enable working from home as a first option. No one is obliged to work in an unsafe work environment.
  • Maintain distancing – if staff have to be in the office, they should stay two metres away from each other, if at all possible.
  • Comply with legal obligations – the guidance does not supersede any obligations relating to health and safety, employment or equalities.