5RB closes physical operations
In the light of recent advice from the Government, the Chairman of the Bar and our professional regulator, we have taken the decision to suspend Chambers’ physical operations with effect from close of business today, 18 March 2020 until further notice.
This decision has been taken in the interests of the health and wellbeing of our staff, barristers and clients alike.
The Chambers telephone line and email systems will continue to operate and we will be doing our best to function as fully as possible whilst working from home. Whilst no official announcement has yet been made we anticipate that there will be few if any effective physical court hearings after the end of this week. However, we understand that it is likely that telephone or video hearings will be accommodated to the extent that this is necessary and appropriate.
If you need to send instructions to a member of Chambers on an existing matter or new matter, please use email to the relevant member of the clerking team if possible. We will endeavour to ensure that an acknowledgment is sent as soon as possible but if you do not receive one or the matter is urgent please feel free to call the Chambers number and we will try to deal with your call appropriately.
This of course means that we will be unable to receive hard copy bundles or other deliveries. Our barristers will try to put in place arrangements to receive such items directly to their home addresses as and when necessary.
For urgent matters only:
We will try to keep you informed of future developments but as a first point of reference do check our website.
We thank you for your cooperation,
Desmond Browne QC and Justin Rushbrooke QC