Remote Working and Virtual Appearances

June 18th 2020

Virtual Seminar

COVID 19 : The Risks of Remote Working and Virtual Appearances

June 18th 2020

2 - 4pm

Speaker: Iain G. Mitchell QC

Virtual Seminar

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2hrs CPD

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.

As we get used to them, we become increasingly comfortable with using them, 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?

The topics to be covered in this seminar include:

  • An overview of electronic proceedings in Scotland and England
  • Participating in a remote Court hearing
  • Running Consultations
  • Is it possible effectively to use electronic platforms for Mediations?
  • Article 6 rights in relation to remote hearings
  • GDPR compliance and the preservation of Legal Professional Privilege.
  • Pitfalls and Traps for the unwary
  • The known and the unknown unknowns.
  • The seminar will be as interactive as possible, and will involve not only the broad overview, but also a consideration of the Terms and Conditions of a number of popular platforms, with hints and tips on how to run a remote Consultation.

    The event begins at 2pm. Delegate registration is open from 1:30pm.

    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 Bar Council of England and Wales and of the IT Committee of the CCBE. He is the Chair of the Surveillance Working Party of the CCBE and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. 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).