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Pandemic is creating a legal minefield – this innovation helps show the way through

National law firm Gadens and legal-tech company Lawcadia have partnered to create a workflow product specifically for issues arising from pandemic-related legal issues.

Mar 23, 2020, updated Mar 23, 2020
Paul Spiro, National and Queensland Chairman of Gadens.

Paul Spiro, National and Queensland Chairman of Gadens.

Called COVID-19 Legal Workflow™, the template is designed to help in-house legal teams manage the deluge of legal issues corporate and government teams are now facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawcadia Founder and CEO Warwick Walsh said the legal implications of global pandemics were uncharted territory for the in-house legal teams of businesses in most industries.

“Corporate and government legal teams are facing a growing tsunami of legal issues that need to be addressed urgently,” Walsh said.

COVID-19 Legal Workflow is designed to help these teams and their senior management identify, triage and respond quickly to the wide range of complex legal issues and questions that are arising.

These issues include questions such as the leave obligations for employees that have been sent home due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the workplace; the obligations for standing down employees who are reasonably suspected to have contracted COVID-19; the redundancy obligations for businesses who are forced to downsize their workforce; and the ability to vary an employment contract for an employee as an alternative to a redundancy.

Where in-house legal teams don’t have the expertise or the resources to handle pandemic-related legal issues for their business and government clients, this product also allows work to be channelled to Gadens COVID-19 practice group.

“We saw the pressure our clients are under, and we identified a way in which we could help them manage issues and also solve the bottleneck of legal work that will emerge as illness and working from home starts to impact in-house resource levels,” Walsh said.

According to Walsh, the new COVID-19 Legal Workflow product, built using Lawcadia’s existing suite of technology products, will be preconfigured with customised COVID-19 related workflows for corporate and government organisations. It can be enabled in a matter of days and can be updated over time as more issues come to light.

Paul Spiro, the Chairman of Gadens said the ability to develop a product to help their respective client bases and get it to market in such a short space of time is a testament to the agility of both Gadens and Lawcadia.

“The quality of our respective teams, and the desire to help our clients in what is going to be an incredibly difficult 3, 6 and 12 months.”

The Gadens COVID-19 practice group brings together specialists from across the firm to provide rapid responses to the diverse issues that need to be addressed as the outbreak progresses and the ramifications that will follow.

Spiro said that businesses under disruptive stress will be subjected to all sorts of pressures and many will have to make rapid, existential decisions for themselves and their workers.

“Although many decisions will be forced on them, how organisations respond most effectively will depend on understanding their starting position,” Spiro said.

“With so much to consider and in-house counsel already overwhelmed, we’re aggregating our firm-wide knowledge and resources with cutting-edge workflow technology to offer solutions to problems most in-house counsel don’t even recognise they might have.”

Find out more about how COVID-19 Workflow can help here,

Follow this link to register to the upcoming COVID-19 Workflow webinar on 31st March 12pm AEST.

Or contact either Lawcadia at [email protected] or Gadens [email protected] directly.

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