Purcell Parker and Coronavirus

This message is to our clients – and hopefully answers some of the questions that you might have with regards how we are operating for the duration of this Coronavirus pandemic. The situation is changing rapidly, so we will try and keep this updated as the situation evolves!

Purcell Parker remains dedicated to acting in the best interests of our clients – but obviously, we also need to ensure the health and well-being of our staff.

Is Purcell parker open for business?

Purcell Parker is open for business 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We will be continuing to represent clients at court, police stations and prisons. Due to the distancing measures advised by the government, our staff are now home-based, but using appropriate technology, we hope that we will still be able to stay in touch with you as required.

Is the office currently open?

Our office is not open for client visits at present. This is both for your protection and the protection of our staff.

But can I still make an appointment?

Yes, appointments can be made for both new and existing clients. We will be able to speak to you in the first instance and then work out the best way that we can “meet” with you – whether by, Facetime, WhatsApp Video, telephone etc.

How do I contact the person dealing with my case?

Please contact our switchboard on 0121 236 9781 and request the relevant department. They will then be able to transfer you to your fee earner. For our clients in custody, we should be able to provide you with the direct dial number of the person dealing with your case.

Do I need to attend Court during the Coronavirus pandemic?

The situation is moving very quickly and by far the best advice is for you to contact us prior to any scheduled hearing so that we can advise you specifically regarding your particular court hearing.

Should I attend the police station to answer my police bail?

It is an offence to fail to attend without reasonable excuse. If you have an excuse, for example, if you are ill or self-isolating, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can contact the police and try and resolve this position for you.

Can I visit a family member or friend in prison?

At the date of this post, all visits to UK prisons have been suspended by the Ministry of Justice. We will try and update this page if there is any change to this position, but we suspect that the lockdown of prisons is likely to last at least a few weeks from now.

This cancellation also applies to face to face legal visits, and the number of legal visits by video link is severely restricted and, in the case of some prisons, cancelled altogether. We will be trying our best to get through to our clients in prison.