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IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR CLIENTS – COVID-19

Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

With the situation surrounding COVID-19 rapidly evolving, Centra Lawyers LLP is committed to ensuring our clients, staff, suppliers and visitors enjoy a healthy and safe environment within our offices, while we continue to provide the same high-quality legal services to which our clients are accustomed, regardless of where they are delivered.

We have implemented every possible precautionary measure available to help ensure the safety of our staff and the continued delivery of legal services to our clients.

For those who are able to work remotely and still perform their day to day functions, we have implemented a work from home policy. We believe this important step is needed to help support public health efforts in connection with COVID-19, while at the same time continue to provide legal client service and business coverage without disruption.

Fortunately, as far as we are aware, none of our staff have contracted COVID-19 and have not been in contact with anyone who has contracted the virus. We are taking this step as a precautionary measure to ensure that we are able to continue to care for our staff and service our clients. We also have in mind the benefits to the broader community and the directives of the Federal and Provincial Governments.

We are in the process of implementing video conferencing to identify new clients in accordance with the Law Society Regulations, so that there are minimum delays for initial consultations and taking on new clients.

We intend to maintain a high level of business continuity during this uncertain period and we are confident that the plans we have implemented will ensure this.

Restricted travel

We have adopted all government imposed restrictions and quarantining protocols for our staff, and will continue to implement workplace practices consistent with recommendations from public health authorities.

Meetings, Consultations and Mediations

Centra Lawyers LLP prioritizes the health and safety of our staff, clients, visitors and our communities. In the light of developments related to COVID-19 and in response to recommendations from public health authorities, we have replaced in person meetings to telephone and video conferencing, wherever possible.

Court Actions

Both the Supreme Court and the Provincial Court have asked lawyers and parties to consider adjourning all non-urgent matters that are scheduled to proceed before May 31, 2020. These restrictions may expand in the coming days.

In order to not waste clients’ money, only to have our matters adjourned on a non-urgent basis, we will avoid scheduling any court matters during this time.

If you have questions or concerns related to your matter with our firm or other legal requirements, please contact the lawyer or legal assistant with whom you usually deal.

Communicating developments

We are constantly monitoring developments from public health authorities and government and we will keep you advised of developments through our website.

This is an unprecedented time for all, and the situation is evolving daily.

We value your business and appreciate your patience during this difficult time.