Video conferencing and the law

Tuesday, May 22 2012

Law can be a particularly collaborative field. Whether it's meeting with clients or holding firm-wide meetings, there are myriad times when real-time discussions are crucial. Until recently, this meant finding a place where everyone involved could meet - a slightly disruptive necessity for a notoriously busy profession.

As technology advances, however, more and more lawyers are turning to web conferencing as a way to hold face-to-face meetings without the productivity-hindering relocations.

When it comes to meeting with clients, video conferencing has many advantages. The technology's ability to display contracts and graphs to reinforce points often makes it more convenient and effective than phone-based communication. Furthermore, important signals noticed only with visual contact can be a crucial element of lawyer-client communications.

For meetings between professionals in a firm, the technology can also be quite useful, as regularly occurring conferences are less likely to be postponed due to delays or traffic. Video conferences also allow for participants to be in their own office with all of their information and equipment close at hand, without needing to schlep it from place to place.

For all these reasons, law is another profession that is finding convenience and utility in the increasingly popular tool of video conferencing.