Combar’s members continue to provide representation and advice to clients during this challenging time, generally through remote working arrangements which allow Combar members to provide an uninterrupted service to clients. Meetings are likely to be by telephone or video rather than in-person.

The work of the courts, including the Business and Property Courts, continues as a vital public service, although the current pandemic necessitates the use of remote hearings wherever possible and appropriate.  Practitioners and court users should consult the advice and guidance set out in the Judiciary website at this link. The following guidance will be of particular relevance in relation to the running of the Business and Property Courts and the use of remote hearings:

  • Combar Guidance on Remote Hearings: link here 
  • Practice Direction 51ZA in relation to the extension of time limits: link here
  • Practice Direction 51Y regarding video or audio hearings: link here
  • Bar Council Guidance: link here
  • Protocol Regarding Remote Hearings (26 March 2020): link here
  • Statement from the Lord Chief Justice to judges in the Civil and Family Courts (19 March 2020): link here
  • Statement from the Lord Chancellor on the running of the courts during the coronavirus pandemic (18 March 2020): link here

Guidance from the LCIA (18 March 2020) is available here.