Covid tiers and opening of law firms

The Law Society have issued guidance on how the new covid tier system affects opening of law firms. Just in case you are curious this is what they say:-


You can find out which tier your lawyer is in by entering their office postcode into the government website.


Tier 1: medium alert

  • Everyone who can work from home should do so

  • Law firms can remain open, provided they’re COVID-19 secure

  • Walk or cycle if possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

  • Avoid car sharing with those outside of your household or support bubble

  • Avoid travelling into a Tier 3 area, other than where necessary (such as for work)

  • If you live in a Tier 1 area and travel to work in Tier 2 or 3, you need to follow the rules from that local area

  • Gatherings for work purposes (such as business meetings) are allowed. This includes business meetings in law firms (including clients visiting law firms) and, where necessary, meetings in client’s homes (for example, in matters related to an elderly or vulnerable client)

  • Business events (such as conferences) can take place indoors and outdoors. Attendance is limited to 50% capacity or 4,000 people outdoors (whichever is lower) and 50% capacity or 1,000 people indoors (whichever is lower). Social distancing should be observed


Tier 2: high alert


  • Everyone who can work from home should do so

  • Law firms can remain open, provided they’re COVID-19 secure

  • Reduce the number of journeys you make and walk or cycle if possible

  • Avoid busy times and routes on public transport

  • Avoid car sharing with those outside of your household or support bubble

  • Avoid travelling into a Tier 3 area, other than where necessary (such as for work)

  • Gatherings for work purposes (such as business meetings) are allowed. This includes business meetings in law firms (including clients visiting law firms) and, where necessary, meetings in client’s homes (for example, in matters related to an elderly or vulnerable client)