UK: MoJ lists which lawyers are ‘key workers’

Source: Legal Cheek.

The Ministry of Justice has announced which legal practitioners will be classified as ‘key workers’, enabling their children to attend school from today whilst they deliver essential service during the COVID-19 crisis.

The government published its list of key workers on Thursday which included, among others, those “essential to the running of the justice system”.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) yesterday clarified the legal practitioners covered within this category, with a particular focus on the continued operation of the courts and tribunals. The category comprises:

– Advocates (including solicitor advocates) required to appear before a court or tribunal (remotely or in person), including prosecutors;

– Other legal practitioners required to support the administration of justice including duty solicitors (police station and court) and barristers, solicitors, legal executives, paralegals and others who work on imminent or ongoing court or tribunal hearings:

– Solicitors acting in connection with the execution of wills; and

– Solicitors and barristers advising people living in institutions or deprived of their liberty.

Only legal practitioners who work on the types of matters, cases and hearings listed above, will be permitted to be classified as a key worker, the MoJ stated.