Contingency planning at St Philips Chambers during Coronavirus crisis

St Philips Chambers reception
Written by:

Joe Wilson


With the current international health crisis developing at great speed, we want to re-assure you that Chambers remains fully operational. Members of Chambers remain willing and able to accept instructions, host meetings, attend court and fully support our clients.

We have in place business continuity plans whereby we will continue to have an appropriate level of staffing available at chambers, with other staff working remotely. All of our staff (and barristers) will be able to securely access all necessary documentation remotely whilst following our usual processes and controls.

Conferences/Meetings: As with our staff and members, we ask all visitors to take the necessary hygiene precautions as outlined by the NHS and the government, which will include the use of hand sanitizer which is widely available throughout Chambers.

If you or your clients are in any way concerned over face to face meetings, then we respect this of course, and have the capability to hold meetings by telephone or via video / Skype call. Please discuss this with the clerks who will make the necessary arrangements.

Hearings: As it currently stands, the courts and tribunals remain open. However as the situation develops, access to the courts may become limited. St Philips also has the capability to conduct hearings via telephone and video-link, where appropriate. Our clerks remain on hand to liaise with the courts on your behalf.

Advisory and drafting: Members are available to accept instructions for advisory and written work and are available to discuss the same by telephone or via email.

Delivery of Briefs/Instructions: We would ask wherever possible that instructions are sent electronically via email or our Dropbox facility. Please liaise with the clerks if you need any assistance with this.

Contact details: Chambers switchboard will remain open between the hours of 8am and 6pm. You can also contact the clerks out of hours via email or via their direct lines.

In addition, the teams can be contacted via the following:

As part of the legal system in this Country, we have a duty to our clients to maintain our service at all times and whatever the circumstancesThroughout the crisis, we will follow official Government advice and are steadfast in our determination to ensure we continue to deliver the high standards of work and service we pride ourselves on, whilst minimising the disruption to our clients.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Chambers Director, Joe Wilson at 0121 246 2138 or via

Written by Joe Wilson