Singapore law firms prepare for mandatory closure of workplaces

Singapore law firms

Some Singapore law firms made early preparations for stricter safe distancing measures

As Singapore puts in place a "circuit breaker" to fight a new wave of coronavirus infections, many businesses are scrambling to make preparations ahead of tomorrow's closure of workplaces for one month, except for key economic sectors and essential services, while some firms are planning to file applications to continue operating at their premises.

Work from Home Services for Singapore Law Firms

Some Singapore law firms began making preparations for stricter safe distancing measures as early as last month. Since early March, global law firm Gibson Dunn has implemented a small legal and secretarial support group to be based in its Singapore office, while the other lawyers and staff work from home.

"We have been video-and telephone-conferencing our clients since early March in preparation for a lockdown situation when Covid-19 started to become a global problem," Gibson Dunn partner Robson Lee said.

Big Four law firm Rajah & Tann implemented full work-from-home for its lawyers and staff except for a group of core support staff, and closed its offices last week.

"Our core support team in the office will observe all government advisories on safe distancing, temperature taking, team segregation and staggered hours," said Mr Patrick Ang, the firm's managing partner. read more

Source: Grace Leong - The Straits Times


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