Henry Hughes response to COVID-19

The Prime Minister of New Zealand has announced that New Zealand will move to COVID-19 alert level four at 11.59pm Wednesday 25 March 2020 for a period of four weeks as a preventative measure to break the chain of community transmission. This means that all businesses that are not providing essential services are to close and all our staff must work remotely.

This is an unprecedented time and we would like to assure you of our preparedness and our commitment to minimising disruption to our services. To this end, we have a comprehensive response plan and procedures in place and will be able to continue to provide our services to you in the same manner to which you have become accustomed.

To ensure that we can continue to meet your expectations and undertake all necessary work in a timely manner, we ask that you:

  • contact your usual firm contacts using the same phone numbers and same email address;
  • utilise online platforms for any meeting with our staff;
  • refrain from sending us courier packages or hard copy documents unless necessary.

We will continue to monitor advice from IPONZ and IP Australia, and other IP offices, and will update our notification here.

We will continue to monitor guidance and advice from our government and its medical experts and update our response plan and procedures as required.

We would like to assure our clients that we are here to assist with your Australian and New Zealand IP needs in any way possible, particularly bearing in mind the differing measures and restrictions in place in different parts of the world. If you have any concern regarding a particular matter or deadline, please do not hesitate to contact us.

24 March 2020

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