Chris Patterson Barrister Limited have a duty of care to support our clients, staff and visitors to our office during the Covid-19 pandemic, to reduce community spread and to protect our vulnerable communities. This policy has been developed to comply with statutory obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of our staff and visitors to our office, or any event held by us.
From 8 December 2021, we will require all of our staff and any visitors to our office or attendees at our events, to have a valid vaccine pass. Accordingly, for any “in-person” meetings at our office, one of our staff will scan your vaccine pass upon your arrival to our office. We confirm that Chris Patterson and his team are all vaccinated.
We recognise that some of our valued clients and visitors may have decided not to get vaccinated, and we also support their decision. However, we ask that you only meet with our staff either by telephone, video conferencing (our preferred method is Zoom or MS Teams) or at a location that is outside so our staff can ensure physical distancing. Please note that if you are not prepared to disclose your vaccination status, then we will assume you are not vaccinated.
Being vaccinated is one of many measures we are putting in place within our risk management and workplace controls. Some of these other measures include sanitising hands, wearing face masks and physical distancing (where possible) and following strict hygiene measures.
We also ask that anyone who feels unwell, has cold or flu-like symptoms, is required to self-isolate or is awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test or has a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19, not to visit our offices or meet with any of our staff.
Our team appreciate your patience and understanding and thank you for your support of our vaccination policy. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact any of our staff to discuss further.
Frequently asked questions
When will this policy take effect?
It will take effect from 8.30am on Wednesday, 8 December 2021.
If I am unvaccinated, how do I meet with my barrister or other staff members?
You will be able to meet via a video conferencing platform or at another location, other than our office, that is outside where we can ensure physical distancing can be maintained and a face covering will need to be worn.
Who will this policy apply to?
It will apply to anyone who wishes to visit our office or attend any of our events.
There will be very limited exemptions from our Covid-19 vaccination policy, and these will be considered by a case by case basis. Please contact our practice manager, Suzette Nightingale (firstname.lastname@example.org), to discuss further.