(UPDATED – 7 May 2020)
OUR OPERATIONS DURING THE CIRCUIT BREAKER
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
On 3 April 2020, the Singapore government announced the COVID-19 Circuit Breaker measures, including enhanced safe distancing measures that require closure of workplaces and businesses in Singapore, save for those providing essential services.
These measures have been extended to 1 June 2020 further to an announcement by the Singapore Government on 21 April 2020 in order to further reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The Circuit Breaker in Singapore will now be in place from 7 April 2020 to 1 June 2020 ((the “Circuit Breaker Period”).
We have been informed by the Ministry of Trade and Information that we have received a general exemption to operate from our office premises for the provision of essential services for the entire duration of the Circuit Breaker Period.
We will therefore resume operations at our office premises by prior appointment to attend to clients who have urgent and essential matters for which a face-t0-face meeting is necessary. Please do contact us beforehand if a meeting is required for your matter.
In this regard, the government has recognised that the following services provided by law firms are essential services:
- Essential and urgent matters specified in the Registrar’s Circulars issued by the courts in respect of criminal, civil and family matters wherein during the Circuit Breaker Period where attendance by the solicitor is required by the court;
- Essential and urgent civil matters specified in Registrar’s Circular No. 4 of 2020 of the Supreme Court include:
- Applications in relation to urgent injunctions or search orders;
- Applications for the arrest or release of a vessel;
- Applications for the discharge of dangerous of perishable cargo;
- Application for the judicial sale of a vessel. Where the safety of the crew is a concern;
- Certain applications for extension of time or variation of court orders relating to insolvency and restructuring matters;
- An application for stay of execution of a civil judgment;
- An application under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act.
(For the full list, please refer to Registrar’s Circular No. 4 of 2020 of the Supreme Court)
- Adjudication hearings fixed under Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act
- Commercial transactions or actions having statutory, regulatory or contractual deadlines (whether local or foreign) falling within the Circuit Breaker Period for which no waiver or deferment has been or will be granted or transactions or actions for which completion is due or time is of the essence in this said period;
- Urgent and essential Wills and Probate related services (for example the drafting of wills and execution of lasting powers of attorney for the vulnerable) required within the Circuit Breaker Period, for which no deferment may be made; and
- Conveyancing transactions with deadlines where time is of the essence or with milestone deadlines to be met within the period Circuit Breaker Period including but not limited to exercise of option and completion deadlines, and timelines affecting progress payments, deposits, monies in escrow and completion monies.
We remain committed to fighting the spread of Covid19 and the safety and well-being of our clients and employees remains our top priority. As such, notwithstanding the general exemption granted to us, all business will be conducted from home whenever possible.
We remain committed to attending to your legal matters and have put in place business continuity plans to avoid any disruptions to our operations.
We are fully equipped to conduct e-meetings over video conferencing and tele-conferencing. Corresponding via emails is also an established business practice that can be fully utilized during this period. All our lawyers and staff have the capability to work remotely and we are equipped with infrastructure enabling hot-desking practices outside of our office.
If you have any concerns or questions in relation to the above or any legal issues during this period, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or visit our website at http://www.jlex.com.sg.