Virtual arbitration hearings are here to stay.
Many reading the above statement may think it a little stark, too premature, or should be framed as a question. However, when one brings together not only the advantages of virtual hearings (for example, cost savings, reduced environmental impact, etc), but also their necessity, at least in the medium term, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it could well be that in the not-too-distant future, fully in-person arbitral hearings become the exception rather than the rule.
Rupert Hamilton (Twenty Essex) and Paul Baker (RPC) published a practical guide on Lexis®PSL about preparing for and conducting advocacy in virtual arbitration hearings. A subject which has received increased focus given the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on some arbitral proceedings.
This article was first published by Lexis®PSL on 22/06/2020.