Although the pandemic has been very challenging in many respects, it has also brought some positive changes in working practices across the U.K. legal sector. Now that lockdown has come to an end, the best of those developments, such as fully embedded remote and flexible working, should remain in place.

This is particularly true for our Commercial Courts, which managed extremely well during lockdown – not least because cases were livestreamed within a fortnight of the first lockdown, allowing them to continue sitting thereafter throughout the pandemic with witnesses giving evidence remotely. Despite various glitches with the technology, these remote hearings have proved to be remarkably successful.