Many of us are having to adapt to working from home at the moment, including taking part in the dreaded video conference calls.
As part of my work with MARQUES, I recently recorded a video interview with the association's Chair, Susie Harris of the Plum Guide, and we are encouraging members to submit photos of their home offices, along with tips on home working.
I've also written a blog for Bloomsbury about the experience of watching an entire Court of Appeal hearing via Skype for Business, one of many proceedings now being held online by the UK courts.
Apart from the obvious technical and logistical challenges, lawyers also face tricky decisions when taking part in online video calls. What is the right balance between professional and approachable? What should you wear? What is the ideal background? How do you look both serious and human?
As the lockdown continues, I predict we will all be giving more thought to questions such as these. It would be interesting to hear what conclusions people have reached.
Viewing proceedings online has the advantage for the public that you can see the barristers’ faces, rather than the backs of their heads.