Updated 24 November 2020
On 16 March 2020, Gilbert + Tobin’s offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth were moved to full remote working, closed to visitors, with a small number of staff in each office to deal with business critical processes requiring a physical presence.
Our Perth and Sydney offices are now operational, subject to our COVIDSafe risk management plans. This includes: requirements not to attend the office where certain risk factors are identified; enhanced hygiene practices; social distancing; reduced capacity in meeting rooms; and increased cleaning. On-site catering is limited and we are not holding large meetings.
With the relaxation of restrictions in Melbourne, our office there has now re-opened. From 30 November, up to 25% of our staff will be able to attend the Melbourne office in person. The office will operate under a COVIDSafe plan and opportunities to attend the office will be shared among staff through coordination by our practice groups.
In accordance with Australian regulations, no G+T staff are permitted to travel internationally. Domestic interstate travel is only allowed for business critical reasons and is subject to controls on some remaining domestic borders. Any travel requires specific COO approval.
Our business continuity plans operated well through the remote phase of the pandemic response to continue servicing the needs of our clients. Our focus now is on adaptation to a hybrid model for our operations.
In accordance with Australian regulations, no G+T staff are permitted to travel internationally. Domestic interstate travel is only allowed for business critical reasons and is now largely not possible due to border closures. Any travel requires specific COO approval.
Our business continuity plans have been put into practice and we have continued to service the needs of clients remotely. Our partners and lawyers have continued to be available to our clients. We anticipate that remote working will continue to be an important part of our delivery of services for some time. Our firm is well equipped for that.