As the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic evolves, we wanted to let you know that Hawley Troxell continues to closely monitor and actively respond to recent developments. This includes health and safety procedures and readiness for business interruption mobilization.
The safety and well-being of our colleagues and clients, along with our ability to ensure continuity of the best possible service to you, are our top priorities. All operations across the Firm continue uninterrupted.
Should events dictate a closure of our offices, our lawyers and staff are fully prepared to work remotely, accessing the systems with the same levels of security and availability as they would from the office. Our people have been encouraged to work from home if they feel the need to do so. You can be assured that our Firm is prepared and equipped to work remotely, without interruption, ensuring that we are able to continue to provide the highest level of service. We have been operating in the cloud for many years now and are therefore well versed with remote connectivity and data protection.
Among other measures, our Firm has:
Asked all personnel to avoid non-essential international and domestic business travel, and instructed those who have traveled to countries listed as Level 3 and above by the CDC to self-quarantine for at least 14 days from their return date.
Encouraged colleagues to assess the necessity of in-person meetings, and canceled internal large group gatherings. We have requested all Firm colleagues to avoid large gatherings for internal and external meetings. Our videoconference technology is state of the art and will be used whenever possible. We have already transitioned some legal specific activities such as depositions to video conferencing from in-person.
Taken steps to ensure that those who visit our offices align with the guidelines put in place for our own people.
We are mindful that you will also be faced with potential disruptions and unchartered challenges. We will continue to work collaboratively with you so that we can adhere to any particular procedures required on your end, and will closely monitor the situation and evaluate our measures to support our clients and Firm colleagues as necessary.
For advice regarding COVID-19, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and your primary Hawley Troxell contacts.