Ed Crosse (chair), Partner, Simmons and Simmons; Chris Easdon, Barclays; Martin Dittmer, Partner, Gorrisen Federspiel; Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC, Barrister Fountain Court; Monika Byrska, Partner, Thomson Snell Passmore; Philip Haberman, Senior Partner, Blackrock.
This session will examine how the legal profession interacts during the life of a dispute, starting with our clients, right through to the judiciary. Controversially, the panel will examine how we engage with opposing counsel – do we really need to send a 15 page letter on a Friday evening…? Should any regard be had to personal commitments when requiring a brief to be prepared “by Monday morning”? With over one billion people said to be suffering from a mental health issues worldwide, this problem cannot be ignored. What practical steps can clients, solicitors, counsel and the judiciary take to reduce the pressure on our lawyers, working at all levels in the legal profession? Is there a role for senior legal (and the judiciary) in setting the tone, helping to eradicate the stigma and ensuring that lawyers have the self-awareness and confidence to seek help where needed? The session will discuss all of these questions by looking through the lens of the new digital world brought about by the current global pandemic crisis.