I have meant, for some time, to start a series looking at how litigators up and down the country are dealing with working in social isolation.  Hopefully shared experiences  and advice will mean that we are not so lonely. I’m starting with my lecturing partner for the APIL Fatal Accident courses, Hilary Wetherell, a partner at Irwin Mitchell in Birmingham.  (Hilary’s advice about her standard email autosignature is particularly useful.)


  1. Where are you working from now? Home – rural Worcestershire – I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by open countryside.

  2. What has been most difficult about working remotely? Getting into a ”working day” routine that is completely different (as I do not have  2+ hours of commuting) and sticking to it.

  3. What has been your biggest technical challenge? Email overload  – as we did not have much time to prepare for working fully remotely, it was essential to communicate all the changes, new systems, practices and updates but the only way to do this was via email – it was incredible!

  4. Is there anything (work wise) that you wish you had with you? I really miss having two screens  – I am about to place an order as availability is much better than it was!

  5. What has been the most helpful thing you’ve learned – this, which I added to my email autosignature “I work flexibly and am sending this email now as it suits my working hours to do so. I do not expect you to read, reply or action the email outside your working hours”.

  6. Do you think this is going to change the way you work in the future? Completely – it is incredible how much has and can be achieved and how attitudes to remote working have shifted overnight across the profession – I don’t have children so I do not have that additional pressure but traditional working hours, long commutes and expensive and time consuming face to face meetings will I suspect be things of the past.

  7. What is the first thing you are going to do when you are out of lockdown?  Spend a very normal day out in a favourite place for lunch and a walk with Molly the Labrador – and remind ourselves how lucky we are.