Dispute Resolution During Covid Times

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Dispute Resolution During Covid Times: The Virtual Courtroom and Beyond

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Speakers: Tim Edward


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2hrs CPD

The Court system in Scotland has evolved very rapidly to deal with Covid 19 and new rules on electronic filing and virtual hearings have had a huge impact on those practising all forms of dispute resolution. Tim Edward will review the new landscape and practical implications on all forms of dispute resolution and will assess what the permanent changes are likely to be in the longer term.

This seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Update on new civil procedures introduced in the Court of Session & Sheriff Court
  • The move to electronic filing and remote hearings
  • Pitfalls to be avoided in handling the new procedures
  • Handling written submissions and time limited hearings
  • Handling evidential hearings by videolink
  • Virtual mediation/settlement meetings
  • The impact of Covid on enforcement of judgements
  • What will be the long-term impact of Covid on Dispute resolution?
  • Tim is a solicitor advocate with over 30 years' experience in Dispute Resolution. He was a founder member of the Pursuers' Panel in 2002 and has served consistently on the Panel (other than a three year period 2014-17 when he served on the Defenders' Panel) since that point.

    He has handled well over 100 claims in this role across a wide range. His specialism is in commercial law but he has also handled many claims arising from residential conveyancing, divorce, wills, trusts and succession and employment issues. He is comfortable both litigating claims in the Court of Session and Sheriff Court and also seeking to settle claims by way of structured negotiation and mediation. He has extensive experience of assisting clients with SLCC Complaints as well as with claims.

    Tim also has experience handling claims against other professionals such as accountants, architects and surveyors and has a network of experts and specialists whom he can recommend to assist where appropriate.