Pandemic management event: Practical tips and legal guidance for preparing for a possible second wave

Pandemic management event: Practical tips and legal guidance for preparing for a possible second wave

With COVID-19 cases on the rise again and winter on the horizon, what learnings can we take from earlier in the year? How can you protect your organisation? What should you consider prepare your legal team,  employees, supply chain, contracts and customers?

There is a lot to consider. Our next senior counsel event is on the 14th October and will focus on the Commercial and Employment law impacts.  Iain Larkins, Founder and CEO and Sandra Martins, Head of Employment at Radius Law  will present some of the key priorities for legal departments.  They will also reflect on recent government and regulatory guidance and suggest some practical next steps. Register here. 

Preparing your business will need a holistic approach.  Emma Dickin, Head of In-house at LexisNexis suggests a few areas to consider :

•  auditing the best practices since the pandemic started

•  updating your pandemic management strategy and plan and aligning this seamlessly to your business continuity arrangements

•  revisiting your risk register and ensuring you have carried out (and are addressing issues raised by) relevant risk assessments

•  reviewing your policies and procedures—ensuring they reflect ways of working and consistently updated

•  refreshing staff communications and training on key topics, such as health and safety, information security and confidentiality

Take time to reflect

When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, organisations had to move quickly and react to almost daily changes in the situation and government guidance. New working practices and technologies were implemented in far shorter time frames than usual and business continuity plans received thorough testing in real time, rather than as a desktop testing exercise. Naturally, not every measure put in place to manage the situation will have worked and indeed many will already have been modified or replaced. Now, however, is a good time to formally reflect on what did and did not work well. Where measures did not work, has a better solution been

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Allison is a former partner of Shoosmiths, with extensive experience of legal management and practice compliance.