COVID-19: Our firm’s position

Last updated: 9am, Wednesday 12 August 2020

As with all businesses, MinterEllisonRuddWatts is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to unfold.

We are prioritising the health and safety of our clients, staff and suppliers, and we are carefully monitoring and adhering to the Ministry of Health’s advice – and will continue to do so as this situation evolves.

As requested by the New Zealand Government on Tuesday, 11 August, our firm will close its Auckland office and begin working remotely to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our Wellington office remains open, operating under Alert Level 2 guidelines.

We are here to support you

We remain available and committed to supporting our clients. We are always available to speak to you and will continue to deliver excellent service.

We are taking additional precautionary measures to ensure that we look after our staff, clients and suppliers – as well as the wider community.

If you have any questions about business continuity or availability of partners and lawyers during this period, please get in touch with your MinterEllisonRuddWatts contact by phone or email.

While this is a challenging time, together we will best protect the safety and wellbeing of all our people.

Meetings or events at our offices

Our Auckland office is now closed, except for essential staff. All meetings and events will be rescheduled using technology (for example, webinars, video and teleconferences).

We are taking a variety of other measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, clients and suppliers at our Wellington office, including contact tracing and additional cleaning and hygiene measures.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts secondees

For clients who have MinterEllisonRuddWatts secondees these people are subject to our firm’s guidelines and measures, as well as our client’s policies. The MinterEllisonRuddWatts supervisor responsible for these lawyers is ensuring secondees adhere to our firm’s measures and guidelines.

It is also important that they are aware of the COVID-19 measures in our client’s workplace. The secondees MinterEllisonRuddWatts supervisor will contact you to ensure there are no potential issues, to minimise any unnecessary confusion or disruption, and to quickly take the appropriate action if required.

Ongoing safety focus

We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will provide updates as appropriate. Our firm’s approach is to manage the situation in a balanced, calm and measured way, and act swiftly and communicate clearly when required.

We ask that our clients confirm any requirements in place for their organisation, including notifying us if you have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. We are keen to work together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people in our respective organisations.

Please contact our firm’s Chief Executive, Andrew Poole if you have any questions or your usual contact at MinterEllisonRuddWatts if our firm can assist in any way.

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