A Resource Guide – COVID-19

How have you coped these last few weeks?

We’ve had a lot of ups and downs. What a difference a couple of months make.

We’ve had to embrace a whole new way of living almost overnight.

We face a difficult and uncertain road ahead but there is hope and we will come out the other side of this.

This page contains various resources.

We wanted to share these here because we have found them to be useful and we hope some or all will be helpful to you – and that it will be a help to have them all gathered together in one place.

Please get in touch with us if you have any legal concerns or queries that we could help you with.

Our contact details remain the same as always and we’d be glad to help if we can – whether that’s assisting you directly or by knowing of someone else who might be better placed and pointing you in their direction.

Local practical help in Moray

Grampian Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance Hub’s website was set up to be a focal point for information and assistance for anyone affected by coronavirus anywhere in Grampian. There, you can find the services you need or links to information from across the area. You can access it here.

Moray Council’s page of coronavirus resources is here.

News and Updates

For up to date information about the Coronavirus, head directly to the Scottish Government website.

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website contains all current guidelines and measures. It’s probably the best and most trusted source of information during this crisis. Their site contains an extensive library of material best accessed here.

Altered working conditions – with many people who are still working having to do so from home – means that there are added issues beyond concerns for physical health. The restrictions and social distancing measures can lead to stress and depression. The HSE have a specific page devoted to homeworking safety here.

Moray Wellbeing Hub might also be of help to you. See their Facebook page here. Or see this page on the BBC website.

The World Health Organisation is another credible source of information on a global scale, despite what some world leaders may try to persuade you. There’s advice, FAQs and updates here.

Business and Employment

For those of you looking for information on employee/employer payments and schemes, a good place to start is on the UK Government website here.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) – whose sphere of influence also includes Moray – have updates here.

Further information and advice for taxpayers and agents from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is available here.

Housing and property

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland – Housing and Property Chamber – website home page has links to several updates for landlords whose tenancies are affected by COVID-19 measures – see here.

For any legal queries regarding the purchase or sale of a house you can feel free to contact us here with your questions.

In all other matters of estate planning or services such as the drawing up of a Will or Power of Attorney please do feel free to contact us with any queries you may have. Our team is on hand to take your call and happy to answer your questions. It is still possible to complete Wills and Powers of Attorney even under conditions where face-to-face meetings are not permitted.

We can also count ourselves lucky to live in an age where technology shortens the distances between us and allows us not to feel quite so far away from each other.

Keep in touch with your family, friends and neighbours, eat well and get your daily exercise.

We hope you stay safe and well.

You can phone us on 01343 544077 or you can send us a Free Online Enquiry via this website.

We are here to help

Our offices are closed but we are still open and here to help.

In accordance with Government guidelines, and to ensure the health and well-being of our
Staff and the wider community, our offices in Elgin and Forres are now closed to the public
until further notice.

However, we are still here to help you. We have a very small, core team remaining at each
office and the bulk of our legal and property teams are working remotely and are available to
assist you by way of telephone, video call or email.

Our main office number (01343 544077) is manned from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Thursday
and 9am – 4pm on Fridays. Please call and you will be passed to the member of our team
dealing with your business. If you are a new client requiring assistance, then you will be
passed to someone who will be able to help.

Those members of our team who are working remotely remain contactable on their direct
dial numbers and email. If the person who was dealing with your business is not currently
working then your call or email is being diverted to the person progressing matters for you.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We want to do all that we can to help you continue with
any ongoing business, or simply help and advise you if you have concerns. These are
extraordinary times and we totally understand that you may have legal questions or
concerns. Please feel free to call for a chat and we will do all we can to assist.

If we all take good care of ourselves, our families, our friends and our neighbours, we are
sure that together we will come through this difficult time.