March 24, 2020 - Minister Compton speaks with local law firms
Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Darlene Compton today spoke with Michael Drake from McInnes Cooper, Robin Aiken from Cox & Palmer, Ryan MacDonald from Key Murray Law, Bill Dow from Carr, Stevenson & MacKay, and Paul Kiley from Stewart McKelvey, to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic to their sector.
Mr. Drake informed the group that while day-to-day business continues, there are regulatory hurdles that may need to be addressed to ensure an expedient work flow for registering documents. It was brought up that some other provinces had adapted changes, and that the group had agreed that it would improve their work flow and assist with social distancing if online or e-signatures could be implemented for registering documents.
Ms. Aiken advised that including law firms as an essential service would encourage clients to reach out immediately, especially if they were facing a legal problem that could cause them hardship, and the group agreed that it would be beneficial to Islanders in need.
They all spoke to the challenges law firms are facing as they adapt to new working conditions and follow the direction of the Chief Public Health Officer, including working remotely when possible and taking other precautions to ensure social distancing when interacting with clients at their office locations as needed.
Minister Compton thanked everyone for their comments and for their continued efforts to support Islanders during these challenging times, and advised them that she would take their concerns to her colleagues in Cabinet for further discussion.
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