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An extended-time member of Simmons & Simmons’ London safety group died within the early phases of the coronavirus pandemic after contracting COVID-19, it has emerged.

An individual with information of the matter mentioned the member of workers reported that he had began to really feel in poor health on Friday, March 20, and handed away simply six days afterward March 26. After he fell in poor health, different members of his safety group have been despatched dwelling to self-isolate, however none developed signs of COVID-19.

In accordance with the individual, the safety guard was in his mid-50s, and had been a contractor for Simmons for 15 years. He was a well-known determine within the agency’s London Metropolis Level headquarters.

He leaves behind a spouse and three youngsters.

It has but to be medically established how or the place the member of workers caught the virus, the individual added.

A spokesperson for the agency mentioned in a press release: “Simmons & Simmons can sadly affirm {that a} member of the agency’s London safety group has tragically handed away after testing constructive for COVID-19. Our ideas are along with his spouse and three youngsters at this tough time.”

The matter demonstrates the issue going through companies that wish to return to work, particularly when contemplating the protection of workers members whose roles contain dealing instantly with a number of folks each day.

The U.Okay.-headquartered agency reopened its London workplace in June following an inner survey of U.Okay. workers. The agency is encouraging distant working however opened the workplace for a “very restricted return of our folks” with solely sure flooring being made accessible, in keeping with a agency assertion.  

Like companies around the globe, the U.Okay. authorized trade has been deeply affected by the continued coronavirus pandemic because it first took maintain in March. That month, Taylor Wessing closed its London workplace after a staffer became the authorized trade’s first identified case of coronavirus within the U.Okay. Across the identical time within the U.S., a accomplice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan tested positive for the virus.

Simmons has taken numerous measures to mitigate the monetary influence of COVID-19, together with furloughing staff and delaying profit distributions. In March, the agency called off its annual partner conference in Monaco as issues over outbreak snowballed, whereas later in June the agency’s international workforce voted to reduce their working hours and pay by 20%.

With reporting by Varsha Patel.

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