Switalskis Office Closure – Monday 31st August and Tuesday 1st September


August 28, 2020 | By John Durkan |

August 28, 2020 | By John Durkan |

As you will be aware, Monday 31st August is a UK Bank Holiday. As such, all staff will effectively be on leave on that date but a number of emergency helplines will continue to provide urgent advice where required. Our offices will also be closed for a further day on Tuesday 1st September as we take time out to remember a dear colleague and friend we lost last year.

‘Richard’s Day’ – 1st September 2020

Last year, shortly after returning from the August Bank Holiday, we were devastated to receive the news that Richard Shore – our IT & Operations Director – had passed away suddenly. Richard played a crucial role in the growth of our business, but more importantly had become just as much a friend as a colleague for many of us in the business.

We took the decision last year that we should do something significant to honour Richard’s memory each year. Having discussed this with colleagues we decided that the Tuesday after August Bank Holiday from now on would be known as ‘Richard’s Day’. This is a time for all staff to take time out to reflect on their memories not only of Richard but also of anyone else they choose to remember that they have lost.

Closing the business and all offices will obviously cause some disruption to our clients and other professionals but I’m sure everyone will now understand why we decided to take this step. We feel taking this decision appropriately reflects our gratitude for Richard’s service to Switalskis and is a permanent gesture, such that for years to come even new staff will be made aware of Richard and the massive contribution he made to Switalskis.

Urgent legal advice

If you need urgent legal advice during the closure, the following 24-hour helplines will continue to operate:

  • For advice if you are under arrest at the Police Station: 07850 582427
  • For advice on Domestic Abuse or Forced Marriage: 0800 138 5536
  • For our Child Care Law team: 0808 2084615
  • For our Mental Health Law and Court of Protection teams: 07715 711183

We will then operate as normal from Wednesday 2nd September. Due to COVID-19 most of our staff continue to work remotely but all phone and email contact details remain the same. You can also contact us through the website and your message will be dealt with when we return to work.

John Durkan

John Durkan is our Managing Director. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and joined Switalskis in 2001. He later became one of the first non-lawyers in the country to receive approval from the SRA to act as a partner of a law firm. John blogs regularly about significant company-wide developments and updates. John's profile