Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Law Society of Ireland has launched a new service in an attempt to respond to the different requirements the Covid-19 pandemic has placed on solicitors in Waterford and throughout the State.

Titled Crisis Practice Support, the project has been designed to ensure that practitioners continue to provide essential services – albeit delivered differently – to clients throughout this period.

Law Society President Michele O’Boyle said that access to” practical support and accurate information is vital” during this time for solicitors and all businesses.

“Ensuring the continuity of solicitors’ essential services will directly help other small businesses through this difficult time,” she said.

“The legal services provided by the solicitors’ profession are necessary to support other essential services, as well as vulnerable people in the community. Although legal firms across Waterford are physically closed to the public to maintain social distancing, they remain open for business while respecting necessary restrictions.”

Ms O’Boyle added: “Unfortunately, and despite best efforts, some solicitors, like many other businesses, will face challenges. We must be creative in approaches to ensure continuity of business and adapt accordingly.

Via Crisis Practice Support, the Law Society has collated essential practice information for members relating to business continuity supports, commercial rates, taxation, wage subsidy schemes, supports for the self-employed, etc.

“These supports are critical for all small businesses,” said Ms O’Boyle. “Receiving new information each day can be overwhelming. It can be difficult to process the minute details of each new support, funding scheme or piece of legislation…

“Although our doors are closed to the public, with the right supports, solicitors’ practices can remain open; it is business as usual, delivered differently. In turn we can help our clients, local businesses and members of our communities to do the same. We are here to work collaboratively and constructively with our communities through this period.”

Michele O’Boyle concluded: “If you require legal advice, talk to your local solicitor who can provide up-to-date information on Covid-19 supports and legal advice on resources available to you.”

Solicitors can receive information through Crisis Practice Supports by contacting the Law Society at www.lawsociety.ie/crisis

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