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Covid-19: How the Pandemic shaped the role of technology in the courts

Amanda Pinto QC (Chair of the Bar Council 2020) and Sarah Crowther QC (Vice-Chair Personal Injury Bar Association)

Amanda and Sarah discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the workings of the Civil and Criminal Courts and offer essential practical advice and tips for participating in cases virtually.

Running Time: 35 Minutes

CPD Certificate: 45 Minutes


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Sarah Crowther QC

Sarah’s practice at the Bar involves frequent dealings with expert witnesses across a broad spectrum of expertise. She acts for claimants and defendants in clinical negligence cases, including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and child birth accidents. Sarah specialises in cross-border claims where the law applicable is not English law and therefore works closely with foreign law experts on questions of liability, causation, assessment of loss and damage, contractual interpretation, limitation and apportionment. In catastrophic injury claims, Sarah has handled multi-expert quantum cases up to a value of £30m, involving accountancy, accommodation, physiotherapy, care and case management, court of protection, occupational therapy, educational psychology and investment advice. She has acted on behalf of clients living outside England and Wales and handled economic, actuarial and taxation expert evidence relevant to discount rate and complex cross-border financial management issues.

She also acts as an expert witness herself, giving evidence in respect of English law and conflicts of law issues for courts and tribunals abroad, including Scotland, Italy and Ireland.

Sarah is the vice-chair of the Personal Injuries Bar Association and a Head of Chambers at Outer Temple Chambers.


Amanda Pinto QC

An expert in international financial wrongdoing and cases raising intricate cross-border questions, Amanda has a niche practice in some of the most high-profile cases within the field, in particular, corporate crime, fraud, money laundering and corruption cases with an international dimension. Amanda is highly-ranked by the directories in both Financial Crime: Corporates and Financial Crime.

Amanda’s expertise is sought by clients from large multi-national organisations and government agencies to small corporates, company officers and individual private clients. Her advisory work covers problems in civil, criminal and regulatory contexts and often involves money market and benchmark instruments, individual and sophisticated investor problems and collective investment schemes.

She is Chair of the Bar Council in 2020 and was Chair of the International Committee of the Bar Council 2015-2018. Amanda is regularly asked to deliver speeches and training to lawyers and the judiciary worldwide on corporate criminal liability, corruption and money laundering.