Message from DSC on ‘Remote Working’ Guidelines

During this public health emergency we at DSC are, of course, following the firm instruction to work from home, where possible. We are pleased to have made a very successful and rapid transition to operating remotely but appreciate that our professional clients will face more significant challenges.  We are particularly mindful of those who are discharging professional responsibilities whilst caring for children or vulnerable adults.   We are committed to working flexibly with you as we develop - together - new ways of working.

Our ‘remote working’ status is, of course, dependent on our receiving from you all instructions, papers and updates in electronic form and we are extremely grateful for the immediate and radical fall in physical papers received in chambers over the last week or two. 

We would also be grateful if instructions might follow the following guidelines – we appreciate many of you follow the requested approach already.  Our concern is not to inadvertently lose or overlook important documents.

  • Papers are indexed, tabbed and saved, ideally in .PDF format (with draft documents for our input in Word) and sent to the Clerks and relevant barrister (if applicable) via email.

  • Bundling of papers into a single .PDF or Word attachment (or series of bundles) and bookmarking is greatly appreciated.

  • If a single attachment is not possible please provide all relevant documents as attachments (or upload) in a single email We are particularly concerned that emails attached to or embedded within other emails creates a real risk of papers being lost or overlooked.

If following the guidelines above is difficult for your firm at this time – and we do appreciate that for many working electronically is very new - please do contact one of the Clerks to discuss alternative arrangements (file sharing for example).  A number of our specialist practice teams are currently developing electronic working webinars; please let us know if this would be of interest to your firm. The Court service have also offered guidance on bundle preparation details of which can be found here.

In the interest of ensuring GDPR-compliance, we can also provide a secure site for sharing documents.

If there is no alternative but to send papers in hard copy; please get in touch with one of our clerks to give us advance warning until further notice. 

Doughty Street Chambers remains open for business – if not business as usual.  Our commitment to access to justice as a basic right is unwavering as is the dedication of our barristers to the interests of their clients, both professional and lay. Our staff will continue reliably to support our professional responsibilities.