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Visiting our offices during the COVID-19 pandemic
Our offices are open to the public, with some safety restrictions in place.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming clients after over three months of lock down. In order to keep our team and clients comfortable, and safe, we ask that the following guidelines are followed.
If you are unsure of any of the following, or have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01202 499 255. One of our team will be more than happy to help.
Essential visits only
Many of our team are working from home, and the vast majority of matters can be dealt with remotely, either over the phone or by video call.
By prior appointment
Where a face to face meeting is essential, they must be by appointment only. Please do not turn up at our offices without an appointment, as unfortunately we will not be able to safely accommodate you.
Face to face meetings
The Firm is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of its employees and clients. We welcome the opportunity once again to meet with our clients face to face, but the current Coronavirus pandemic requires a variation on our usual practices.
You are attending the offices of Frettens LLP on the understanding that none of the following applies to you or to a member of your household:
- Recent onset of any of the following symptoms:
- a new continuous cough;
- a high temperature; or
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
- You have returned from a country outside of the UK in the last 14 days.
- You, or a member of your household, have tested positive for COVID-19 or are self-isolating or shielding.
Please ensure you arrive at the arranged time for your appointment. Because our offices have limited space, we cannot accommodate you if you arrive early and you will therefore be required to wait outside until the allotted time.
Please ensure only those people required for the meeting attend the office. We are not able to accommodate additional persons and will have to request that they wait outside.
Wherever possible, please always follow social distancing guidance maintaining two metres between yourself and others whilst attending the offices.
Hand washing and hygiene
Please sanitise your hands upon arrival using the hand sanitiser provided in reception and meeting rooms.
In line with government guidance all visitors must wear a face covering when attending the offices. The staff you will be meeting will similarly be using face coverings, mostly likely a full-face visor.
Please note however that face coverings do not replace social distancing measures, which will still need to be observed wherever possible.
If the purpose of your meeting is to sign documents, please can you bring your own pen.
Pens will be available for you to use, but we cannot guarantee that those pens will be free from the virus. Where clients do use our pens, we are more than happy that they then take those pens home with them.
We are living in strange times, and as a firm we are trying to work within the guidelines but still offer the same full service that our clients have enjoyed up this time. We will adapt out policies in line with the government’s guidance as it changes. We may not always get the balance correct and would welcome any feedback you might want to offer, particularly where it might help improve our levels of service.
We are publishing as much useful and up-to date information as we can for our clients. All articles, downloads and factsheets relating specifically to coronavirus / COVID-19 are provided in the links below.
We will try to update and share this information as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions regarding the situation, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone. Government guidelines are changing daily and we will continue to do our best to continue to offer uninterrupted service levels while protecting our clients, staff and the wider public.
Christchurch Office: 01202 499255
Ringwood Office: 01425 610100
Thank you for your understanding.