Updated 31 March 2020

While the health and wellbeing of loved ones will be everyone's highest priority throughout the coronavirus outbreak, the implications for your businesses and organisations will be varied and huge. In-house lawyers are a vital asset to any organisation and are uniquely placed to support their employers through the extremely complex challenges that the current situation presents. 

The Law Society of Scotland’s dedicated coronavirus webpage is being refreshed regularly with a wide range of information. You’ll find signposts to guidance from various partner organisations including Scottish Courts and Tribunal Services and Registers of Scotland; practice area updates; business support information; advice in connection with trainee supervision; and details of the Society’s own working arrangements. If there is any information you think may be helpful to include, please get in touch.

 

Keeping in-house lawyers connected

The importance of ongoing communication has rarely been so apparent. We are working towards launching an online community forum to encourage in-house solicitors to share best practice and get valuable peer-to-peer support. We’d particularly encourage sole counsel and small in-house teams to join this community once available. More details will follow soon. 

In conjunction with the online community, we are trialing a series of online meetings for in-house counsel. 

Our first virtual roundtable discussion will take place on 8 April and focus on general themes around how in-house teams are adapting to the current situation.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact us with your details and any areas you’d be particularly keen to discuss with your peers at future sessions.

While all Law Society CPD face-to-face events have been postponed, our online CPD is unaffected and will remain available. This includes a range of tailored modules for in-house lawyers

Useful resources

We'll aim to keep this page updated with links to useful resources and support, including briefing notes from our law firm sponsors and links to guidance collated by other organisations.

CMS has a dedicated page on its website, offering links to country-specific publications and webinars relating to that jurisdiction. Its Law-Now Covid-19 insights and analysis can be found here.

CMS is also running various Covid-19 response webinars over the next few weeks:

31 March – COVID-19: Employment Webinar
02 April - COVID-19: Key Commercial Considerations

 

Pinsent Masons has produced this guide focusing on key areas an organisation should consider during the coronavirus outbreak: including contracts and supply chain, employment and immigration, facilities – health & safety obligations, public disclosure requirements, event staging and insurance obligations. 

It has also recorded a podcast on how GCs can help their companies prioritise coronavirus issues and what can be learned from past crises to help make better decisions in this one, including the way to set priorities in the early stages of the crisis, and identify what long term thinking companies can do now based on experiences of other destabilising events. Details on how to subscribe to this podcast can be found here. 

With most of us working remotely, organisations need to think about how documents and contracts can be signed and concluded. The Society has published this electronic signatures guide, which sets out some best practice considerations for e-signing.

The Association of Corporate Counsel has created a resource library, collating latest updates from multi-national law firms on a variety of topics and with regional variations.

Crafty Counsel brings you “During The Break” - a series of remote interviews with legal professionals on how they are managing during the coronavirus crisis.

Lexology provides tailored daily legal updates, analysis and insights covering a range of practice areas and geographical locations. Register for your free daily email here.

Wellbeing

Most individuals’ work pressures and patterns will have shifted immeasurably as a result of  the Coronavirus outbreak. You may now have complex caring responsibilities to factor into your daily routine; be getting to grips with the isolation of working from home for a prolonged period; or working extremely long hours to support your employer as the situation unfolds.
Please take the time to look after your own mental health and wellbeing.

LawscotWellbeing is an online resource that provides help and guidance for members and employers. We have created a dedicated section to help people through this challenging time.

Contact us

Finally, and most importantly, please get in touch with any concerns, challenges or indeed positive stories that you’d like to share with us or the wider in-house community. 

Working in-house

In-house lawyers make a critical contribution to the success of the companies and organisations that employ them. If you work in-house, we want to hear from you.