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COVID-19: A MESSAGE FROM WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE LLP

COVID-19:  A MESSAGE FROM  WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE LLP

Fraser Gillies

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Fraser Gillies

17th March 2020

Dear valued clients and contacts of Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

The situation in relation to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is rapidly evolving, and we are aware that there is already likely to be an impact on your personal and professional lives. I'd like to take the opportunity to let you know what WJM is doing to ensure disruption to our service to you is minimised, to offer additional help to you and to ensure the wellbeing of our colleagues, clients and contacts.

We have already initiated our Business Continuity Plan and begun planning for the likelihood that most of our teams will require to work from home for a period of time. Many of our teams already do so - for some time we've promoted agile working - but we are likely to see more of our teams doing so over the next few months. We are already collaborating with many of our clients to find ways of overcoming the logistical challenges we will all undoubtedly face over the next few weeks. We have put in place plans to ensure that we will be able to continue to deliver our services to the standard you expect from us, and that we are able to progress your matters without significant delays, in a way that preserves the security of your confidential information.

You will be able to contact your usual WJM point of contact in the usual way during this period; though your calls will be diverted to your usual point of contact's mobile where appropriate. We might also suggest increasing use of email communication during this time.

We are taking steps to reduce the need for all but essential meetings in our offices, although for the time being we are not stopping meetings altogether. You should discuss on a case by case basis with your usual contact the need to attend any of our offices for a meeting. Where possible we'll suggest alternatives such as videoconferencing or conference calls as an alternative to face to face meetings.

Above all, however, the health and wellbeing of our clients, contacts and staff is of course paramount and as you would expect we are following the latest guidance internally and ensuring that any of our staff members who are suffering symptoms are self-isolating for the required period.

Along with the rest of the team at WJM I would like to reassure you that we are ready and able to assist you in whatever way we can during these challenging and uncertain times.

If you have any questions or concerns please do speak to your usual WJM contact in the first instance.

Thank you for your continued support.

Fraser A B Gillies
Managing Partner
Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

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