Navigating our “New Normal”
Posted by: The Dodds Solicitors Team
Posted on: 28th May 2020
When the lockdown began nearly 9 weeks ago, the Courts and legal sector had to rapidly become adept at navigating remote working and ensuring that we were still able to provide the highest level of service to our clients.
As a society we are used to dealing with each other face to face, shaking hands and sharing a coffee whilst discussing issues or concerns. Now we are having to rapidly adapt to remote conversations and virtual interactions. This has been made much easier and more accessible with platforms such as Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp Video and FaceTime to name just a few.
We have all had to adapt to more of a virtual life so that we can remain together, whilst being socially distanced. I know I have enjoyed countless zoom quizzes and remote exercise classes over the past weeks. Although I am sure we could all use a break from our screens now and then.
The Courts have also had to make the leap from traditional in person hearings to virtual hearings, with legal representatives and their clients attending from separate locations either via phone or by Skype. Large paper bundles are now replaced by electronic bundles that can be easily navigated at the click of a button.
Busy Court waiting rooms are now empty as advocates and clients wait in virtual meeting rooms, ready for the their online hearings. The Family Courts continue to operate and we continue to attend virtual hearings and meetings to represent our clients.
There is no question that this has had to be a quick adjustment for everyone, and with many of us now working from home, home schooling or furloughed, the prospect of facing a hearing alone can be incredibly daunting. However, you can be reassured that here at Dodds Solicitors we have adapted to the changing landscape and we are still here and able to offer you legal advice and support with representation at hearings.
We continue to offer initial fixed fee appointments to provide you with legal advice during these ever-changing times. Our Private Family Team continue to offer advice and support to victims of domestic abuse, parents experiencing disputes over arrangements for children and those experiencing marital breakdown.