As you all are well aware, the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly escalating around the world, and it continues to affect our firm, our clients and our communities in evolving ways. First and foremost, the well-being of our colleagues and clients is paramount as we collectively respond to the developing COVID-19 outbreak.

BCLP’s Global Incident Response Committee is meeting regularly to assess the Firm’s response and proactively manage the impact of COVID-19 as it evolves. The Firm has instituted a number of internal measures to ensure that BCLP is able to continue to consistently serve your business needs and provide uninterrupted service.  We continue to closely monitor relevant WHO and governmental/health institutions guidance for all of the jurisdictions where we operate, including the CDC on travel, staff exposure, premises and event management and preventative measures to ensure our plans and response aligns with the latest guidance.   

Out of an abundance of caution, we have

  • placed a moratorium on all international travel and further restrictions on other travel,
  • postponed all large BCLP hosted events for the next few months, and
  • requested that employees refrain from attending large business events outside the office.

BCLP’s business continuity plans are designed to proactively anticipate and respond to any potential for business interruption and to provide our teams with the tools to service our clients’ needs to avoid any such disruption. Our IT systems enable our lawyers and business services teams to work together remotely with you. Indeed, the vast majority of our people are now working remotely and we have not seen any adverse impact on our client service. Our business continuity plan covers crisis management team responsibilities, monitoring developments, policy on staff attending work, key activities and personnel, homeworking or working at a satellite site, communication plans (internal and external), travel, event management, supplies and suppliers, minimizing the risk to our staff, clients and visitors to our premises, IT continuity and ensuring the continued supply of our legal services. 

Our thoughts will continue to be with all those around the world personally impacted by COVID-19. We are grateful to all those in the medical and governmental communities who are on the front lines of fighting the spread of COVID-19.

Our lawyers are developing thought leadership that addresses the legal and commercial challenges the virus outbreak poses for our clients.  You can review these resources here.  If you have any questions regarding the firm’s response to COVID-19 or resources we can provide, please contact your BCLP relationship lawyer.

This document provides a general summary and is for information/educational purposes only. It is not intended to be comprehensive, nor does it constitute legal advice. Specific legal advice should always be sought before taking or refraining from taking any action.