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COVID-19 : How is it affecting the legal system during lockdown?

We at IMSLAW would like to reassure all our clients and contacts that we are, and will remain committed, to providing you with the best possible service during this difficult and challenging time.

To keep our clients and communities safe and in line with the government guidelines, we have closed our practice on Corporation Street in St. Helens but are continuing to work remotely. We are working diligently to ensure the minimum possible disruption to our services and your case. You can still contact us on our usual telephone number 01744 612 549 to discuss any personal injury or criminal cases.

Are personal injury claims still going ahead at the moment?

In relation to our personal injury cases, the wellbeing of our clients is paramount; we have therefore temporarily placed on hold all ongoing physical and psychological therapies for our clients. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will consider changing to remote treatment where it is appropriate for our clients needs.

Any medical appointments that are scheduled for future dates are also being monitored and, in-line with medicolegal considerations, we are considering remote examinations. We will judge the suitability of this  options for each client on a case by case basis.

Are criminal cases still progressing during lockdown?

In relation to criminal matters, a significant amount of court dates have been adjourned and we will update any client whose court hearing has been rescheduled. A network of priority courts are continuing to operate and hearings are taking place with the use of telephone, video and other conferecing technology to ensure as many hearings are able to go ahead as possible.

However, some hearings will remain on hold and we can advise that all new jury trials are being postponed. If you require more information about your particular case please contact us and will provide further information. We can advise that we are providing ongoing client updates and are contacting them about their individual circumstances via post and telephone.

If you require further information about court matters and COVID-19 please view the government website here.

Can I still get access to legal advice during lockdown?

Our working practices are flexible and allow easy engagement on a non-face-to-face basis. Regardless of where our teams are working they remain fully accessible by telephone and email and we will continue to support you in our usual dedicated and proactive way.If you wish to discuss a new criminal or personal injury matter we are available to advise you and take new instructions by phone or email.

If you would like legal advice during lockdown, speak to a member of our team to discuss any aspect of our services please on 01744 612 549 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you directly.

Call IMS now on 01744 612549 for a free initial consultation.

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