COVID-19: Our firm’s position
Last updated: 8.30am, Friday 15 May 2020
As with all businesses, MinterEllisonRuddWatts is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolds.
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 at all alert levels.
We are here to support you
We remain available and committed to supporting our clients at all alert levels. We are always available to speak to you and will continue to deliver excellent service.
Alert Level 2 will see our offices re-open while adhering to the public health and safety guidance set by the Government, including contact tracing, physical distancing and good hygiene practices.
We’re working on a combined basis during level 2, with some staff working from home while a limited number will work in our offices and adopt extra precautions such as split shift working and phased start and departure times. This approach is also based on the individual preferences of our staff.
We will continue taking additional precautionary measures to ensure that we look after our staff, clients and suppliers, as well as the wider community.
Any business-related air travel for our staff requires prior approval from our Chief Executive.
Meetings or events at our offices
For now, our preference is to continue using technology (for example, Zoom, video calls and teleconferences) to meet, unless there is a compelling reason to meet in person.
If any in-person meetings are required, they will be held in line with the Government’s current guidelines. Our staff may meet in our client’s office, with prior approval and understanding of the client’s COVID-19 Health and Safety policy. We are not encouraging meetings at third party venues at this time.
We are taking a variety of other measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, clients and suppliers at our offices, including completion of an electronic health and safety questionnaire prior to arriving at our offices, a contact tracing system and additional cleaning and hygiene measures.
For clients who have MinterEllisonRuddWatts secondees, these people remain subject to our firm’s guidelines and measures, as well as the relevant client’s policies. The MinterEllisonRuddWatts supervisor responsible for these lawyers will ensure secondees adhere to our firm’s measures and guidelines.
It is also important that they are aware of the COVID-19 measures in each client’s workplace. The secondee’s 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
Our firm’s approach is to manage the COVID-19 response cautiously, calmly and in a measured way, acting swiftly and communicating clearly when required.
We ask that our clients please notify 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 or your usual MinterEllisonRuddWatts contact if we can assist in any way.