Yesterday I was lucky enough to be one of the speakers at the inaugural "YRes" conference for young family lawyers.
Focusing on how family legal practice is likely to change over the next ten years, it was also fascinating to see how the push for change comes not just from the young, technologically-proficient youngsters in the room but is being driven by some of the country's most senior judges, including the Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division.
The audience were quick to highlight the potential risks in moving to a digital justice system, including data security and protecting vulnerable adults. The change will take time, and not be without its hurdles. But the good news is that we have many of family law's brightest young minds on the case.
“When faced with the choice of opening a laptop in the kitchen, and talking to a judge via Skype; or running the gauntlet of travelling to a crumbling court building which may be many miles away – what do you think the litigant would prefer?”