Insight & guidance
As the nature of the coronavirus’ impact evolves, this will present significant challenges to businesses. At the heart of a rapidly developing situation it can be hard to know what decisions to take in the best interests of the long-term survival and success of firms.
Despite the unprecedented challenges, it remains critical for directors and management teams to proactively plan to mitigate the risks to their staff, business and stakeholders. We have collected insight from across Gateley on the key legal and business issues as a result of COVID-19 and will be updating this guidance as the situation develops over the coming days, weeks and months.
You can view our latest guidance on the implications for people, money and trading by clicking the links at the top of the page or the buttons below:
What steps are we taking?
The health and wellbeing of our colleagues and the businesses that we work with is of paramount importance to Gateley. We are implementing appropriate measures to ensure that we can continue to deliver a high level of service whilst also providing a safe working environment for our people.
We created an emergency response team of senior leaders to coordinate decision making and all communications. We have also appointed C-19 reps in every team in every location to cascade information both ways quickly and sensibly. Keeping everyone informed on what is happening given the rapidly changing situation is key.
In line with government advice, we have arranged for the majority of our workforce to work remotely until advised otherwise. IT arrangements are in place to ensure that colleagues can access systems from home without any interruption of service. We have redirected post to three core service hubs in Birmingham, Guildford and Manchester and have a skeleton staff working on-site to manage postal deliveries and other central functions. Staff working within their hubs are observing social distancing protocols.
We are committed to supporting you during these challenging times, and should you need our help as this situation evolves please contact your usual Gateley contact or a member of our leadership team.Contact our team
We have set up a COVID-19 dedicated email address so that colleagues can share confidential information on their health and wellbeing with our HR task force.
We are keeping a record of any colleagues who have self-isolated or if they have displayed any of the symptoms of fever and/ or a new persistent, dry cough.
We have also produced guidance for everyone working at home on how to make it work for them both practically and emotionally. We are very aware of the impact of such a stressful situation on the mental well-being of our team and will ensure regular communications to keep people connected.
We are generally a low risk office environment with a full suite of existing Risk Assessments and Safe Working Practices all of which will remain fully in place. We have reviewed the additional risks posed by Covid 19 to staff and visitors and the communities in which we live, work and travel and we have put systems in place to manage those risks and avoid the spread of coronavirus. In assessing the risks we have looked at the public guidance on transmission and social distancing, the Government guidance on reopening offices and the Law Society guidance on coronavirus for law firms. Our full risk assessment has been shared with our teams via our intranet and incorporated into our safe working practices materials.
Our current strategy
We ceased all business travel and moved to remote working very quickly, ahead of lockdown, and we remain committed to working remotely where possible for the majority of our staff across all offices. We have enhanced our IT facilities to enable secure and successful remote working and maintain our high service delivery to clients.
We are delivering a very high quality service remotely to our clients, it is very much business as usual for our service to clients across all parts of the Gateley business so we see no need to quickly return to our former way of working. We are actively looking at what the ‘new normal’ might look like and keeping abreast of developments in the UK and worldwide as they happen.
We have shared our risk assessment and strategy with our people across the business and we are engaging with them about the situation, supporting their wellbeing during remote working and listening to their feedback on plans for the future.
When lockdown eases in the short term
Our intention is to continue working remotely for the foreseeable future for the safety of our colleagues, our visitors and our communities. Our offices remain accessible when needed. Access is tightly controlled to ensure the safety of all who may need to attend. There is enhanced cleaning together with hygiene and social distancing measures in place, all supported by appropriate signage Our current key control measures for people who need to come into our offices include;
- Restricting numbers: pre-authorised visits only
- Avoiding public transport entirely
- Social distancing at all times
- Enhanced hand cleaning
- Enhanced cleaning of surfaces & work stations
We will continue to review changes in the national lockdown arrangements and guidance from Government and other sources as it emerges and we will continue to engage closely with our teams regarding any changes to our way of working.
Latest Employment updates
In response to our changing world and to best support you to make sense of leading effectively in this new working environment and stay organisationally and emotionally healthy, our team have put together a series of virtual and online blended support packages.
We've put together some short guides for you to use and share as you wish within your organisation. The titles available are:, How to be resilient during a crisis, How to work remotely and Leading people through a crisis.
Health & safety in the workplace
PREPARING AND PROTECTING YOUR PEOPLE
Business support from the UK Government
Tax assistance for businesses
Implications for pension schemes
The Pensions Regulator’s response to COVID-19
Latest update on the COVID-19 pensions obligations and advice.
Finance and payments
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Coronavirus: financing arrangements
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Signing documents & contractual arrangements
Restructuring and insolvency
Implications for construction and real estate
Landlords and tenants
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We can help you to find your ‘new normal’ post-COVID 19
The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on all businesses, both large and small and will continue to do so for a considerable amount of time. As business leaders start to look at what life will be like post-lockdown there are many things to consider. Whether it is looking at how you can drive change within the business, increase profits and market share, ensure employee safety or sustain your business, Gateley is on hand to provide support and guidance throughout.
Our Re-emergence Review aims to provide businesses with the advice and support they need to confidently put in place plans which ensure they are on the best footing as they come out of lockdown. This will not only assist in keeping you up-to-date with the continuing government assistance schemes, legislative changes and market developments, but also provide an early legal “sense check” of key decisions you may want to take.
As social distancing measures are likely to be in place for the foreseeable future, we would conduct a virtual review of your business as an initial step. During the hour-long discussion, we will cover the current state of play for your business, any challenges and opportunities that you need to consider and any planned changes that you would like to make.
If required, we can draw on the specialist skills and expertise of legal and professional advisers across Gateley following this review.
The Re-emergence Review will allow you to focus on the business issues, whether they are financial, legal, strategic or leadership-related, with the support of subject matter experts who can provide you with the right advice and guidance at the right time.
We would plan to check in with you as part of the Re-emergence Review at least quarterly but more often if required, to ensure that you are getting the business support that you need, when you need it.
Our Re-emergence model:
“Britain’s economy is likely to lose out on £800bn of income over the next 10 years as the lockdown and a spike in unemployment leave deep scars on the private sector.”
- The National Institute of Economic and Social Research published in The Guardian, 28 April 2020
Request a Re-emergence Review
If you would like to set up a Re-emergence Review or discuss what the review will cover and how it may help your business as you plan next steps, get in touch with your usual Gateley contact or a member of our Re-emergence Team.
We are committed to supporting you during these challenging times, and should you need our help as this situation evolves please complete the form below, contact your usual Gateley contact or contact a member of our leadership team.