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5 key considerations for planning a virtual hearing

With the widespread adoption of remote working, the legal world has now turned to technology for solutions to overcome challenges and adapt to this new environment. In an industry that is usually heavily reliant on face-to-face interaction, lawyers, courts and arbitration centres are now exploring alternative ways of running remote court hearings, or virtual hearings. […]

Top 5 virtual hearing tips for barristers, from barristers

For the legal world, the rapid transition to virtual hearings may pose challenges. However, most importantly, it also presents an opportunity to innovate and gain new capabilities. As virtual hearings have already started taking place globally, several barristers have been sharing their experiences. They have offered support, guidance and inspiration for fellow industry professionals who […]

4 key responsibilities of a Virtual Hearing Manager

In the current climate, technology is enabling judicial proceedings to be conducted remotely via virtual hearings. There are many moving parts to a virtual hearing, which can add to the challenge of ensuring the smooth running of proceedings. At Opus 2, our Remote Access solutions have enabled participants to follow hearings in real time, from […]

Guest post: Ian Gaunt on LMAA’s transition to virtual hearings

The LMAA is the world’s leading body concerned with maritime arbitration. Members of the LMAA handle over 1,700 new cases each year and publish over 500 awards in the same period. To put that in perspective, the number of new LMAA cases is roughly equal to the number of new cases started annually in the […]

Practical advice for conducting legal proceedings digitally & remotely

In January 2017, I identified a series of technology-related trends that were making electronic trials and hearings with remote participation not only possible, but increasingly practical. As I revisit this topic today, restrictions on travel, work-at-home mandates and bans on even small gatherings in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are causing turmoil and uncertainty […]

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January typically sees a spike in divorce enquiries for many solicitors – and 2021 is expected to be no different, with the additional stresses and strains COVID-19 has placed on couples and families.

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In comparison to the US, there is a stricter redundancy process in the UK. For UK businesses faced with the prospect of making 20 or more staff redundant, there is an obligation to undertake a collective consultation process, which should consider ways to avoid or reduce the number of employees to be made redundant and mitigate the consequences of the redundancies.

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The new Chief Coroner, HHJ Teague QC, has just published his first legal guidance in the form of “Law Sheet 6” addressing the impact of the case of R (on the application of Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46 on coronial practice.


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