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Corvid-19 Announcement

17th March 2020

We are writing to update you on our policies and procedures in relation to Coronavirus.

Temple Garden Chambers takes the health and safety of our clients, members and staff as paramount and is our overriding concern at this time.

In line with Chambers policy and the UK Government’s advice* please do not visit Chambers if you have:

The following symptoms – either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
  • Returned from a known coronavirus Affected Area and not yet self-isolated for 14 days. Please see list of Affected Areas (please note this is changing daily), or

• Believe you may have come into close contact with someone who has returned from an Affected Area and have not yet self-isolated for 14 days, or

• Believe you may have had contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus and have not yet self-isolated for 14 days, or

• Have returned from one of the listed Category 2 countries and subsequently developed symptoms.

We wish to assure you that we will continue to do our very best to look after all of our clients’ needs and to continue to operate Chambers so far as possible, as usual.

We are implementing working systems that will allow for barristers and support staff to work from home.

Telephone & video conference calls are available for any of our clients.

We are doing everything we can to make Chambers run as effectively as possible, and to continue to provide a professional service.

We have a working Covid-19 committee and we are continuing to hold meetings and monitor developments and make changes to our policy and procedures as and when required.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact a senior member of the clerking team, who will be happy to assist.

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Coronavirus Update

TGC is proactively safeguarding against the risks posed by the spread of Coronavirus. We have a working Committee who continue to monitor the situation and follow advice issued by the Government and Public Health England. We will be updating this page as and when new information becomes available.

As of 25th March, our London premises, 1 Harcourt Buildings will be closed until further notice and all barristers, clerks and support staff will be working remotely.We wish to reassure everyone that our contingency plans we have put in place will enable us to continue to provide our services.

Telephoning us

When calling our switchboard number, it will be diverted to a member of the clerking team who will be able to assist in the usual way. All direct dials in Chambers are being diverted to be answered remotely.

Emailing us & Sending Instructions

Please send all instructions via email directly to We are unable to receive hard copy instructions via DX or Post until further notice, unless specific arrangements are made in advance by contacting the clerks. Please continue to communicate with barristers directly via email.
Conferences, Joint Settlement Meetings & Mediations
All conferences, meetings and mediations will take remotely, either by telephone or via video until further notice. Group Telephone calls and video calls can be arranged, and we are currently exploring software options to enable us to offer a variety of options to host telephone and video calls/meetings.

Court Hearings

We are following The Government’s advice closely, which is changing daily. In keeping with Government advice, we will continue to service hearings remotely, where possible and as instructed by the hosting Court. The judiciary has made provision for some civil cases to be heard remotely, with lawyers being required to take part in virtual hearings.We will continue to closely monitor this situation.

Making a payment

If you do not already pay us by BACS, going forward please make arrangements to do so. Please contact the clerks who can supply you with the relevant BACS details.
If you wish to discuss our policy and procedure relating to coronavirus, please do not hesitate to contact our senior clerk Dean Norton on 07535 753098 or

To learn more visit our Covid-19 Information page.