The New Normal

A quick update from us……

So we saw a little easing of restrictions this week with garden centres and hardware shops opening and a bit more leeway on what we can do outside. It is welcome but we need to remain cautious and responsible and keep following the health advice. We’ve achieved an awful lot just by doing simple like staying at home and washing our hands; but there have been great sacrifices for many of us along the way and so it is important now not to allow things to go back on the great progress that we have made.

Here at McCarthy + Co. LLP we have been working away for you in the background as all this has gone along. Thankfully we had great IT and phone systems in place before this all struck which enabled us to move pretty seamlessly to having most of the teamwork from home.

While this is likely to be a feature of all our lives for some time to come, we do hope to start a gradual return towards normality once it is safe to do so after 8 June next. We are still working on plans to get the team back into the office and this is likely to be a gradual process, with physical meetings being kept to the absolute minimum that are essential to get things done for you.

We are currently very busy making changes to the layout of the office to enable social distancing for all of our clients and our team and I’ll be in touch with more detail prior to 8 June with exactly how we plan to take care of you in the new normal so that you can get your legal business done safely and confidently with the same level of customer service excellence that we believe is essential for you.

In the meantime, a colleague of mine David Sweeney, solicitor, runs a podcast called The Sweeney Show. He very kindly invited me on to be interviewed recently and I thought you might find the discussion interesting.

If you’d like to watch it it’s here.

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