12 Mar 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Coronavirus Increases Number of Remote Depositions

Legal professionals are working on contingency plans in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Some of the world’s largest law firms, including Shearman & Sterling, are issuing travel bans and others like Dorsey & Whitney and Baker McKenzie are limiting nonessential travel and putting remote working protocols in place.

More and more businesses are enlisting further measures to provide employees with safety and peace of mind and are encouraging their workforce to complete their responsibilities from home. Quinn Emanuel and Squire Patton Boggs are paying for their employees to take taxis and avoid public transport if they must go to the office.

The current climate is raising great concern among the legal community on how to remain cautious, but still meet important deadlines and fulfill obligations. As a result, many are turning to digital tools to make their depositions virtual, or remote, to limit face-to-face interactions during this trying time.

Rather than delay more depositions, individuals are contacting us with questions on how to effectively prepare for and execute remote depositions. Verbit is therefore partnering with vTestify to hold a virtual session to discuss this topic, Exploring Remote Depositions, on March 19th from 12-12:30pm EST.

While many agencies and firms have been leaning toward utilizing remote depositions to decrease travel costs prior to the outbreak, others have never considered virtual depositions previously and are unsure of where to begin when enlisting more digital processes.

We encourage you to join our live webinar next week, where we’ll be addressing questions on remote depositions live. Next week, we’ll talk through best practices to consider implementing when holding proceedings remotely, including the importance of update notices, stipulations with opposing counsel, and utilizing tools which are purpose-built for legal transcription and depositions. In the meantime, here are some tips via vTestify to prepare for remote depositions.

Click here to RSVP for the Exploring Remote Depositions webinar.