Updated 6 Aug 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.
With the course of the pandemic and the regulatory response to it differing between the various States, the approach we are taking now differs by office.
In Perth and Sydney, our offices are available for staff to work and for limited pre-scheduled meetings with visitors. Use of the offices is subject to G+T’s COVID Risk Management Plan. 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.
In Melbourne, staff have continued to work remotely, with only occasional access to the office for business critical reasons. From close of business on Wednesday 5 August 2020, in accordance with the Stage 4 Restrictions in place in the Melbourne metropolitan area, our physical Melbourne Offices at 90 and 101 Collins Street will be closed to both visitors and staff. Our Melbourne practice will continue to serve our clients working remotely from home as they have done throughout the pandemic. If required, support will be provided from our Sydney office.
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.