COVID-19: getting video-tech ready (Zoom and Lifesize)

Whether for client meetings, roundtables, private hearings or court hearings it has quickly become essential for practitioners to be adept at video technology. Byron James' step-by-step guide to using Zoom and Lifesize


In the practice of international family law and consequential representation of clients based all over the world, remote meetings are commonplace. It has, however, been interesting to see that video technology used in the last few weeks, sadly through unfortunate necessity, to enable court hearings to take place remotely.

There are three well-known video platforms: Zoom, Lifesize and Microsoft Teams. I have therefore drafted guides, with illustrations, for each. There remains some dissension regarding the efficacy of video platforms, but this will probably quieten over time and I have now had several judges commend the ease with which hearings are able to take place remotely.

Whether for client meetings, roundtables, private hearings or court hearings it has quickly become essential for practitioners to be adept at video technology. I hope the guide found in the attachment below assists you to become au fait with the process. 

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Byron James

Byron James is a partner at Expatriate Law, based in Dubai, UAE