Prime Minister Boris Johnson's return to work announcement: The Law Society's response

Solicitors’ firms should follow health and safety guidelines and carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment, the Law Society of England and Wales urged as the prime minister announced that employers can begin to ask staff back to work from 1 August.

“A Covid-19 risk assessment is vital to understand how staff can work safely. Firms can then put in place measures to minimise risk and, if possible, review their policies before opening their doors,” said Simon Davis, president of the Law Society of England and Wales.

“For as long as Covid-19 remains a virus that is easily spread within our population, while also causing significant medical problems to a large group of people, working practices will need to be flexible.

“The individual circumstances of employees, including their health and caring responsibilities, need to be considered when deciding whether or not they should return to the office. As we have said all along, safety comes first.

“Our safe return to the office toolkit is designed to help law firms with the transition of staff back to the workplace or their continued remote working.

“It includes a template risk assessment, downloadable posters and a guide on local lockdowns. This is part of our Return, Restart and Recovery campaign which aims to support the national recovery effort and reinforce the role solicitors and their firms will play.”

Notes to editors

The local lockdown blueprint is available here.

The Return, Restart and Recovery campaign comprises three stages: supporting solicitors and firms to return to their offices safely; leveraging the legal service sector’s expertise to restart the economy; and empowering solicitors and law firms to drive the recovery after coronavirus.

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