SCL and SSCL Joint Webinar: “Remote Hearings and Virtual Appearances – Are you ready for the emerging future?" - Thursday 9 July 2020 @ 3 pm

When: 09/07/2020

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Date: Thursday 9 July 2020
Time: 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Live webinar - joining details will be emailed to all attendees in advance
: This webinar is brought to you as a benefit of your SCL membership and is free of charge

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Iain G Mitchell QC,
Chair of the Scottish SCL
Shobana Iyer, Barrister, Swan Chambers

The shock of the lockdown brought an end to legal life as we knew it, but over the following weeks, we have gradually begun to move towards a “new normal”. This new way of working depends in large measure on the use of various forms of videoconferencing, using a variety of platforms. We have seen the way courts and tribunals have adapted in resilience by conducting hearings remotely and how parties are using ADR on remote platforms.

As we get used to using remote platforms, we become increasingly comfortable, but do we give a moment's thought to the risks and dangers of using different platforms? Are they GDPR compliant? Are clients being unwittingly deprived of their ECHR article 6 right to a fair trial? Are there concerns with respect to Legal Professional Privilege? What is the Microsoft warrant case, the US CLOUD Act, and the EU/US privacy shield, and why should we care? This Webinar will involve not only the broad overview of remote hearings, but also a consideration these issues as well as giving practical hints and tips on how to prepare and conduct remote hearings efficiently.

The topics to be covered in this webinar include:

  • An overview of electronic remote proceedings in Scotland and England
  • Participating in a remote Court hearing
  • Article 6 rights in relation to remote hearings
  • Terms and Conditions of a number of popular platforms
  • GDPR compliance and the preservation of legal professional privilege. 
  • Pitfalls and Traps for the unwary
  • The dos and don’ts on remote hearings
  • Considerations for witness evidence 
  • Practical insights and available guidances

Iain G Mitchell QC is a member of both the Scottish and English bars. He is Chair of the Scottish Society for Computers and Law, a member of the IT Panel of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales (Bar Council) and serves on the Civil Remote Hearings Working Group of the Bar Council. He is a member of the IT Committee of the CCBE, Chair of the CCBE Surveillance Working Party and a member of the Access to Justice Remote Hearings Working Party of the CCBE, as well as being a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and Honorary Lecturer in IT Law at Münster University in German. His publications include contributions to Electronic Evidence (Butterworths); Innovation and Future of the Legal Profession in Europe (Bruylant, Brussels) and Free and Open Source Software: Policy, Law and Practice (Oxford University Press).

Shobana Iyer is a commercial barrister and arbitrator with particular experience in technology disputes within the TMT, Finance, Energy and Creative Sectors. She practices from Swan Chambers and is Chair of the Civil Remote Hearings Working Group for the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales (Bar Council). Shobana also sits on the Legal Services Committee and IT Panel of the Bar Council and has a strong interest in emerging technologies.

Why attend?

  • SCL online training is a great way to keep your knowledge of your specialist practice area up to date and to maintain your competence whatever branch of the tech law profession you work in;
  • You will only get the chance to hear the Q&A if you attend on the day - the discussions will be removed from any recordings made available later;
  • It means you will make time to undertake the training - it will not get lost among the other demands of your working day.

Please note: If you have been furloughed you can still undertake training as long as you’re not:

  • making money for your employer or a company linked or associated to your employer
  • providing services to your employer or a company linked or associated to your employer

Administration Notes:

This webinar is brought to you as a benefit of your SCL membership and is free of charge.

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