Coronavirus (COVID-19) statement
Updated: 01 April 2020
As a global law firm with 38 offices and over 2,000 staff worldwide, Kennedys is closely monitoring the impact of Coronavirus (COVID – 19) and following the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local governments in order to protect our staff and ensure that we continue to support our clients.
The safeguarding of our staff is of paramount importance and we are providing regular updates to them on both the situation and the necessary precautions to take including hygiene, travel and agile working advice.
As Kennedys already operates and promotes agile working our IT infrastructure means that our partners and staff in all jurisdictions are able to work remotely – ensuring that the service we deliver to our clients remains unaffected.
Our business continuity action plan – what we are doing
To minimise and mitigate the potential impact on our operations, our ongoing action plan comprises:
- Regular crisis management team meetings to continuously monitor the status of the virus and assess risks to our people, our clients and our global business.
- The safeguarding of our staff in relation to travel and hygiene.
- Operational and IT planning to ensure everybody has the tools and ability to work remotely if advised to by local governments.
- Resource planning including team rotas to enable social distancing so client teams are appropriately split in terms of remote and office working, in order to reduce the risk of client teams being affected at the same time.
- Business impact analysis to consider long-term solutions that protect our people and ensure that service to our clients remains unaffected.
- Supplier chain management to ensure the impact of services provided to Kennedys is minimised.
- Working closely with our landlords to ensure that necessary precautions are taken within the buildings in which our people operate and our clients visit.
While the infrastructure we have in place puts us in a strong position to minimise our exposure to the potential impacts of the Coronavirus, we will continue to closely monitor the developments of the virus.
Meetings, events and seminars – what changes we are making
We will be avoiding face-to-face meetings in favour of conference calls. In addition, we have postponed social events for the foreseeable future in many jurisdictions and our seminars will be delivered as webinars, where possible, supported by updates on our website, so that our clients and contacts continue to receive regular important legal and industry updates.
We will notify our clients of any changes to our arrangements. Please check our events page for details of our seminar programme.
Global impact of Coronavirus – what this means for insurers and corporates
Kennedys experts across the globe are monitoring developments and advising clients on what they mean for their business. Please get in touch with our global Covid-19 desk if you would like to speak to one of our experts or visit our Covid-19 thought leadership hub to see all our latest insights.
Global impact of Coronavirus – what this means for the court systems across the jurisdictions
Court systems worldwide are needing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with new guidelines, restrictions and changes to how proceedings will be managed. Kennedys has collated links to sources of this information for general guidance. Please note as the information provided by the courts is changing in line with ongoing developments, the below information cannot be regarded as complete for any given jurisdiction and it is advised that you also check specific court information which may not be listed in the sources listed. Click here for more information.
Who to contact if you need help
Contact us if you need any more information or speak to your usual Kennedys contact.