One of the more unusual effects of lockdown has been that it’s kept those of us in the legal profession further apart from one another, while also drawing us closer together. We refer, of course, to “virtual hearings” – online court appointments that keep judges and solicitors miles apart, while also letting them scrutinise each other’s home décor.
We saw a recent example of this in the whistleblowing case McDermott v Sellafield. In this instance, employment judge Batten presided over the tribunal from her office, with barristers acting from home. She took the opportunity to compliment both on their décor, with the defendant counsel winning praise for his wall’s “interesting shade of magnolia”. And it may be the first time that court proceedings have finished with a judge proclaiming “time to put the kettle on I think.”
The reason we’re in this situation is, of course, no laughing matter. But it’s nice to see that – even in difficult times – we’re able to find humour in our situation. Hopefully that’s one thing that won’t go back to normal when the world does.
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