Dealing with coronavirus (Covid-19). How are we protecting you?

Coronavirus, or COVID – 19, is likely to have wide-reaching ramifications for businesses globally and solicitors are no exception. The various processes have traditionally relied upon a number of face to face interactions, but these will likely be restricted now that the World Health Organization has confirmed that we are experiencing a pandemic.

Our offices are strictly adhering to all guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and our staff are taking all preventative measures seriously.

Bendall And Sons clearly have a responsibility to protect our staff and those people with whom we come into contact with and vice versa. During this period of uncertainty, we have an obligation to reduce the level of in-person contact and although we already have digital interaction innovations in place anyway, there will always be instances within our business where this is not possible.

It is of course essential that we follow NHS guidance, and we have produced a risk assessment for our staff to follow. Where in-person contact is unavoidable, prior to meeting the following questions will be asked. These procedures may change in accordance with future guidance.

  1. Have you or someone in your household returned from abroad in the last 14 days?
  2. Are you or anyone in your household experiencing flu like symptoms?
  3. Have you or anyone in your household been either diagnosed with Coronavirus or currently in self isolation?
  4. Have you been in contact with anyone who has been tested positive or in the process of being tested for the virus?

Clearly, the underlying message is to keep calm and carry on. However, as a professional organization it is paramount that we can adapt to the changes we are faced with and above all keep you, our clients, fully informed. We have found the general public to be adaptable and resilient in adversity. We do of course rely upon your support and understanding through such turbulent times.

We will continue to adapt our processes in accordance with advice provided.

Should you have any questions about Bendall And Sons processes when dealing with the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19), please feel free to contact us.

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Average asking prices reach record high

Average property prices reached a record high of £312,625 in March, according to Rightmove. Across the UK, average seller asking prices in March were £3,226 higher than in February. The new all-time high beat a previous record set in June 2018 by £3,186. Asking prices in March are up by 3.5% compared to last year. “The average asking prices of over 110,000 properties that have come to market this month are at a record high as we enter the traditionally busy spring moving season,” commented Miles Shipside, a director at Rightmove. “As a result, we are measuring the highest annual rate of increase since December 2016,” he added. The average time to sell a property is now 67 days.