City giant self-reports to SRA after trial streamed live on Zoom

Clients from different countries, including Cyprus, were able to access trial last month in contradiction of court order. A city firm which disobeyed a court order and allowed a libel trial to be live streamed to clients abroad has reported itself to the regulator.

Mr Justice Warby had found misconduct after proceedings were live-streamed to individuals in the US, Cyprus and Russia without the court’s permission and without any application having been made. The judge was given a list of seven people who had used a Zoom link in remote locations to access the trial, with information that possibly two more had done so.

Also, during the cross-examination of a witness, the judge noticed that one of the remote witnesses was on one of the video screens and could obviously hear what was going on. The judge said that he was surprised to see the witness and had not authorised it. The firm had already self-reported to the SRA, but the judge directed that a copy of her ruling be sent to the regulator to show how serious the breaches were in this case.

Read more at the The Law Society Gazette

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