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            How DWF is responding to COVID-19

            The coronavirus presents an unprecedented challenge and we are all going to experience a period of disruption and uncertainty. DWF is open for business in every location where we operate and we wanted to provide reassurance over the steps we have taken to ensure we are prioritising the health and wellbeing of our people and their families, whilst continuing to provide the service our clients expect.

            Our business continuity plan
            We have a well-established business continuity plan. Teams from Risk, IT, HR, Finance, Facilities and Client Development have been meeting on a daily basis to identify steps we needed to take to prioritise the wellbeing of our people, clients and other stakeholders and protecting our ability to continue support clients.

            We are following the guidance provided by Governments and healthcare authorities in each location. This means that where a Government has imposed a lockdown, our office is closed and people are working from home. Where a Government has advised that people should work from home if they can, we are supporting our people to work from home where possible. In some locations with less strict measures in place so far, we are also gradually moving towards home working to ensure we are well-prepared should stricter measures be introduced.

            DWF is already supportive of agile working in our business and we are well-placed to cope with an increasing number of our people working from home.  However, in recent weeks we have also been working to further extend our remote working capability through the provision of laptops to some key staff who previously used desktop computers and through acquiring additional licences for people to log-in through our secure email platform, Citrix. We have also conducted a number of exercises in recent weeks where whole teams in critical functions have worked from home to test the response. In the past week, an average of around 1,400 of our 4,100 people globally have been working from home each day. These exercises have been successful and we are confident in our ability to manage the larger numbers of people now needing to work from home.

            In addition to our business continuity preparations, we have also taken a number of decisions designed to mitigate risk to people where possible. This has included providing additional hygiene products in our offices, cancelling all events and meetings above a certain number of people and restricting all but the most essential business travel.

            How DWF can help you
            The coronavirus is going to present significant operational and commercial challenges to every business. Every company will face challenges and difficult decisions. In addition to making our own preparations to ensure the continuity of our business, we have also been preparing our teams to ensure we are ready to apply our expertise to support our clients however and wherever that may be needed.

            At DWF, one of our core values is Better Together and we are seeing our people living our values, coming together to support each other and our clients.

             

            We will keep you updated with any significant updates or changes in our approach, but if you have any specific questions please speak to your usual DWF contact or else email press.office@dwf.law

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