In light of COVID-19, Ontario firms issue responses and share resources

Many firms are working remotely, using audio and video technologies to communicate with clients

In light of COVID-19, Ontario firms issue responses and share resources

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many firms across Ontario have resorted to working remotely, keeping in contact with clients through various technological platforms.

Adair Goldblatt Bieber LLP

The firm has closed its office and has directed its lawyers and staff to work remotely.

Aird & Berlis LLP

The firm has announced that most of its lawyers and staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. The firm’s offices remain open to maintain essential business functions.

Blaney McMurtry LLP

The firm’s managing partner, Maria Scarfo, has announced that the firm is “focusing on the health and safety of our community, while continuing to work together and assist our clients.” The firm’s business operations continue with little to no interruption.

Cavalluzzo LLP

The firm has limited non-essential in-person meetings and has supported using email, teleconference and videoconference to communicate.

Dickinson Wright LLP

Effective Mar. 17, the firm has let all employees in Canada work remotely.

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Fogler, Rubinoff LLP

Effective Mar. 18 and until further notice, the firm’s lawyers and staff are primarily working remotely. The firm is maintaining a skeleton staff at its office to handle physical mail, facsimiles and other similar inquiries.

Gardiner Roberts LLP

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Goldblatt Partners LLP

The firm has been making arrangements for most of its lawyers and staff to work from home, while a small number remain present in the office per day. The firm has also cancelled two seminars originally set for April.

Harrison Pensa LLP

The firm has announced that most of its lawyers and staff are temporarily working remotely. Those required to be in the office to perform limited services are subject to strict sanitization, hygiene and social distancing measures.

The firm also cancelled its annual Oyster Party and redirected the funds to Youth Opportunities Unlimited’s New Addition campaign to help build Joan’s Place.

Koskie Minsky LLP

Effective Mar. 18 and at least until Apr. 6, the firm’s physical offices are closed, with lawyers and staff working remotely.

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

Effective Mar. 16 and until further notice, most lawyers and staff are working remotely, with only critical staff present in the office.

Lerners LLP

The firm’s physical offices remain open, but only critical personnel are present. The firm’s lawyers and other members are working remotely to continue providing legal services and support to clients.

MacKenzie Barristers Professional Corporation

Until further notice, the firm's employees are working remotely.

Minden Gross LLP

The firm’s “office is now virtual,” with lawyers and staff available to be contacted via phone call or email.

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Ross & McBride LLP

The firm stated in its website that its office is still open for business. Clients have the option to conduct meetings by telephone or teleconference. Before visiting the office, clients should call first to confirm whether the meeting is pushing through.

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Smart & Biggar

On March 19, the firm announced that “all Smart & Biggar lawyers, agents, and business support team members will be working remotely from home, and our physical offices will be open on a limited basis only until further notice.”

Stockwoods LLP Barristers

The firm’s lawyers and staff are working remotely. Pending further developments, minimal staff will be present in the office.

Thomson Rogers

The firm has closed its offices to the public. Lawyers and staff are working remotely and may be contacted via phone, via email or via the online consultation form.

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Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

Effective Mar. 16, most of the firm’s lawyers and clerks are working remotely, with only the critical staff present in the office.

Torkin Manes LLP Barristers & Solicitors

Many of the firm’s lawyers and staff are working remotely and conducting meetings through virtual avenues. The firm has also postponed all events and non-essential business travel plans.

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Walker Law

The firm announced that it in addition to postponing non-essential travel and events, most lawyers and staff would be working remotely and the office was closed to the public. Any critical staff would be working remotely from each other, the announcement said.

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WeirFoulds LLP

The firm has announced that, for the present time, its employees are working from home.

Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

Effective Mar. 17, the firm has closed its physical office, with lawyers and staff working remotely.

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