THE (NOT SO) LONELY LITIGATOR’S CLUB 8 : ANDREW KING
The next to join the club is Andrew King co-owner of Lennons Solicitors. Working from home with his wife and four young sons (6, 2 and 1 year old twins…) Andrew has been involved in a remote trial during this period, and kindly shared his experience with us here. Andrew has an e-book on conducting remote trials coming out later this week ( & you can be sure it will be reviewed here).
1. Where are you working from now?
I have been working from home since March 18th. We moved house last year and the previous owners had turned the shed into a garden office, which we had never used. I managed to extend the broadband into the garden and this now allows me to work all day, detached from the distractions that four young boys would otherwise give.
2. What has been most difficult about working remotely.
Separating work from home. Being able to go to “the office” so easily has not improved my work/life balance and my working hours have been just as long, if not longer, in lockdown.
3. What has been your biggest technical challenge?
The technology is terrific when it works but I had to send some papers off to Counsel last week. The PDF software continued to fail and would not collate the PDFs together as one file. I ended up having to send several separate attachments to Counsel’s clerk with an apology.
4. Is there anything (work wise) that you wish you had with you?
I went back to the office to collect my computer monitors and office chair and brought them home with me. This has made a big difference but I do wish I had my desk as well. I have had to improvise with a shallow desk and a chest of drawers for securing the monitors.
5. What has been the most helpful thing you’ve learned.
I had a 3-day Trial in the High Court at the beginning of April that was held fully on Skype. A month before we had to use my iPhone on speakerphone to take evidence from a witness in Ireland as the court could not set up the videolink. It is amazing how rapid change can be when it is forced. We need to remember this when normality returns.
6. Do you think this is going to change the way you work in the future
Yes, definitely. For a start, I can see video meetings becoming far more commonplace and being a viable alternative to telephone calls and face-to-face meetings. There is a place for all of them but the number of video meetings will definitely increase.
7. What is the first thing you are going to do when you are out of lockdown?
Arrange to meet up with family and on the way, head to the barbers with the boys. My wife might be a wonderful mum but she will never earn a living cutting hair.