Partner Fiona Gillett and Associate Aleks Valkov in our Commercial Litigation team, presented in a webinar discussing the resort to remote court hearings during the current crisis. They were joined by leading practitioners and members of the judiciary from the UK, US and France who have been involved in virtual trials as a result of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The session, organised by BIICL, examined the position in these three jurisdictions from a comparative perspective.

The webinar covered an array of topics, including the type of cases covered by such hearings, the choice of technology and online platform, ensuring public access to the hearing, evidential issues (cross-examination, documentary evidence, tracing/authenticity), and the impact of a virtual environment on conducting advocacy. The issues were illustrated with practical examples from each jurisdiction.

Fiona and Aleks drew on their recent experience acting for the claimants in the first fully virtual trial before the English Commercial Court (National Bank of Kazakhstan and Another v Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV London Branch and ors).


To view a full recording of the webinar, please click here.



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