Once again we find ourselves in lockdown and at AST Hampsons we are committed to following the guidance issued by Public Health England which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
While our offices are not available to you to walk into when you please, our services to you remain fully available and we are contactable by telephone, by email and video call.
Our staff are used to working from home and using secure online systems to progress your transaction however, there may be occasions where we are unable to respond to your query immediately and we would ask for your patience on this, you can be assured we will be making our very best efforts on your behalf.
If you have a question about your commercial or domestic conveyancing, you are considering re-writing your will or arranging child custody, if you have had an accident in a public place or been subject to medical negligence or for any other matter we can assist with, call or email us using the details on the pages of our website, we are here to help.
In response to the lifting of some restrictions by the government and in an effort to return to the new normal, the team here at AST Hampsons have been working to prepare our offices to ensure that our Clients and staff alike can be assured of a safe environment.The measures we have taken include risk assessments and documented policies and procedures. We are asking all of our clients to telephone and make an appointment before visiting our offices for any reason. Please see below our guidance for attendance at our offices.
We can of course still meet you via video conferencing if you prefer.
We are very much business as usual and look forward to helping you with your transaction.
Please find below links to our services containing advice and support during the Coronavirus pandemic
A few months ago none of us would have envisaged working under the conditions we find ourselves now.It has been a steep learning curve over the last few weeks but on reflection we are pleased with what we have achieved and the way in which the team at AST Hampsons has responded to ensure that we are able to keep cases moving for our clients while acquiring new juggling skills in working from home, supporting our elderly neighbours and of course, the challenge of home schooling at the same time!
Right now, none of us know how the virus and the lockdown are going to affect either ourselves, our families or our business practices in future but we are absolutely certain about one thing and that is that we will find a way in which to progress.
The housing market has been affected by delays due to the restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic but our Conveyancing teams are all working (remotely in the main as are all of our departments) to ensure that as soon as restrictions are lifted, dates for house moves can be agreed.
We have been able so far and continue, to progress a number of matters for our clients where the properties are empty to include equity transfers and investment purchases and we have also happily been able to complete house purchases and re-mortgages where the purchaser/owner is already resident.
Similarly our Commercial team have been dealing with loan agreements, advice regarding corporate restructure and leases as well as sales and purchases of business premises.
Our Family team have been continually busy dealing with requests for advice and support in managing arrangements for children in light of the current pandemic; advising as to options in respect of financial issues and conducting court hearings - now by video and telephone!! This is in addition to progressing as appropriate current cases for clients, whether this be divorce, or financial and children matters.
Our Wills and Probate team have never been busier with many more clients having the time to consider planning for their future and also with COVID-19 concentrating their thoughts on arranging their wills or powers of attorney and of course progressing applications for probate and estate administration.
Within the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury team matters continue very much as usual although with the reduction in travel there is a lower level of enquiry in relation to road traffic accidents.
All of our teams are able to conduct ‘face to face’ meetings via video conferencing and in some circumstances where it is essential, arrangements can be made for appointments within our offices. Our clients are still able to contact us through the usual routes of our direct dial numbers, office numbers and email and we are pleased to be able to continue in a very much ‘business as usual’ manner to ensure that we can provide the services our clients have come to expect over the years.
If you have any questions regarding the service we are able to provide then please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to provide any further reassurances needed.
Meanwhile, good wishes to you, your colleagues and families, in testing times.