Law firm involved in UK first case

Leeds-headquartered Barton Legal will today be part of legal history, when they represent their client in the first High Court case held remotely via Zoom.

The trial, which is between a Barnet family and their local council, has taken four years to get to this stage.

Barton Legal is representing the claimants, having been initially instructed to provide specialist construction law advice to international law firm Peters & Peters, which has no speciality in this area. However, it was later decided that Barton Legal would take over the case, with the firm having had full control since mid-October 2019.

Bill Barton, director of Barton Legal commented: “We’re privileged to be representing the Patels in this case and to be working with a number of experts in the fields of quantity surveying, drainage, structural engineering and hydrogeology. Everyone at the firm is honoured to be part of this piece of legal history.”

“Covid19 has forced organisations of all sizes to adapt to remote working and the legal system is no different. It will be interesting to see moving forward how the British legal system continues to utilise technology once the current crisis ends.”

Due to the current pandemic this case, which will be held in the technology and construction court, will be completely remote with Barton Legal instructing Paul Darling OBE QC and James Burton from 39 Essex Chambers. Everyone involved in the trial will be in a remote location, ranging from the Court to offices and homes.

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