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A virtual hearing has been proposed for my arbitration in light of coronavirus (COVID-19). What practical and logistical matters will need to be considered in advance? What are the potential advantages and disadvantages of this approach?

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Published on LexisPSL on 21/03/2020

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  • A virtual hearing has been proposed for my arbitration in light of coronavirus (COVID-19). What practical and logistical matters will need to be considered in advance? What are the potential advantages and disadvantages of this approach?
  • Clare Ambrose, Twenty Essex
  • Hamish Lal, Akin Gump

Clare Ambrose, Twenty Essex

The obvious advantage is that the hearing can take place and the dispute resolved which is the ultimate aim of the tribunal. The tribunal’s duties of fairness to the parties do not require a hearing to take place in person, and if the arrangements will enable the hearing to go ahead then this will be a significant consideration justifying it. There is also a potential upside in costs savings as while there may be a cost to use the best technology, savings in hearing rooms and travel/hotels could be significant.

Virtual hearings are still new, so practice is developing to address logistics. The technology options are wide and require investigation.

To make the hearing work effectively, all participants in the arbitration need to test their technology in the space where the virtual hearing will (for each of them) be held. While working from home with the

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