Diary Of A Highstreet Conveyancer – Thursday 19th March
And so it starts. The Government has made announcements that we are not to socialise in pubs and clubs.
What is a lawyer to do?
The chat after office hours about the latest cases and trying to put the legal world to rights.
I feel as if I am living in an episode of a scientific programme; an invisible enemy; but I guess that Will Smith is not going to appear and rescue us.
And meanwhile, we are told that business must go on. We should work from home where necessary. Those conveyancers with case management systems will be able to do the day to day legal work at home, but no hard copy letters and no meeting with clients.
I, along with other local firms, have made the decision that I will not be having face to face meetings with clients. I have started to send the documents for signing to clients with the instruction that they can either send them back to me in the post or can drop them back to my office, but I will not meet with them.
I find it quite difficult – who knows if a perfectly looking healthy person carried the virus? I like to chat with my clients, and it is starting to feel quite isolating not to be able to meet them and guide them through their move in the way I would wish to do. It means that I am spending longer on the telephone talking with them, and trying to explain to them what is likely to happen.
In order to avoid the lengthy telephone conversations that I am having, I have written a small fact sheet about Coronavirus and moving house. General advice, and although I appreciate that everyone’s house move is different, the law remains the same.
Who knows what next week will bring?
And today’s Dickens quote – to tied you over the weekend
There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth