Coronavirus: Operational Statement (last updated 23/03/2020).
Parklane Plowden is proactively guarding against the risks posed by the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to monitor the situation and follow advice issued by the Government and Public Health England and we will be updating this page as fresh information becomes available.
As of 24th March 2020, both our Newcastle and Leeds Chambers premises will be closed until further notice and all barristers, clerks and staff will be working remotely. Last year we substantially invested in an improved IT system which supports smooth and secure remote working by everyone in chambers.
We wish to reassure our solicitors and clients that our contingency plans enable is to continue to deliver our services.
When calling our switchboard, you will hear a new options menu that will help direct you to the appropriate person to take your call.
Our switchboard numbers are:
- Leeds: 0113 2285000
- Newcastle: 0191 2212121
You may also continue to use the direct dial number for our clerks and staff, full details of which can be found here.
Please send all instructions via email directly to the relevant clerk wherever possible as this will enable us to handle your enquiry more efficiently. Full details of our clerking team and their email addresses can be found here. You may also contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you need to send hard copies of any material, please liaise in advance with the relevant clerk who will be happy to provide you with further guidance.
Please continue to communicate with barristers directly via email.
Conferences and Mediations
In line with social distancing guidance, conferences, meetings and mediations will take place by telephone or via video until further notice. Multi-party telecons can be arranged through the appropriate clerk.
The Government has stated that those “essential to the running of the justice system” are regarded as key workers. The judiciary has made provision for most civil and family cases to be heard remotely, with lawyers being required to take part in virtual hearings.
We will continue to closely monitor this situation.
Making a payment
Wherever possible, please make all payments to members of Parklane Plowden Chambers via BACS Bank Transfer. The appropriate bank account information can be found on the relevant fee note or invoice.
Seminars, Conferences and Events
It has been necessary for us to cancel several planned seminars, conferences and events. We hope to rearrange these as soon as the restrictions are lifted. If you have any queries regarding upcoming events, please email email@example.com
If you wish to discuss our policy and procedure relating to coronavirus, please do not hesitate to contact the Office Manager, Rachael Duck on 0113 228 5056 or Rachael.firstname.lastname@example.org.