We partnered with Lexology to share practical advice following our experience of running the first virtual trial in the Commercial Court.

On 19 March 2020, the court directed that the trial of National Bank of Kazakhstan v The Bank of New York Mellon would proceed the following week, as a fully virtual trial. To make it possible, the parties had to source and implement a technology solution.

A virtual trial took place between 26 March and 1 April 2020 through the use of videoconferencing technology with all participants (judge, counsel and witnesses (factual and expert) participating by video conference from England, Belgium, Kazakhstan and the United States.

The webinar heard from Fiona Gillett, Ian Gatt QC and Aleks Valkov who worked on the trial from Stewarts, the barrister involved David Quest QC, and Jim Young from technology support provider Sparq.

The audience heard their first-hand experience in running the first remote hearing in the Commercial Court.

The session covered:

  • Strategic considerations – is a virtual trial the way forward or should you be applying for an adjournment?
  • Client management – managing client expectations and setting up lines of communication to receive instructions effectively.
  • Case management – technical issues, logistics and their implementation will be discussed in detail.
  • Q&A with the team.


The recording

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

The webinar is free to view but standard registration details are required.

The slides can be viewed here 


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