The challenges of COVID-19 webinar: a compare and contrast between India and the UK

On 11 June 2020, we organised a webinar in collaboration with Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS) and partner firms (ASA Associates and Link Legal based in India) on the impact of COVID-19 on the legal sector in India and the UK as well as the Indian economy.

Webinar hosts

The event was chaired by our director of strategic relationships Stephen Denyer and featured key legal market experts:

  • Rupa Lakha, partner, Charles Russell Speechlys – Welcoming remarks
  • Simon Ridpath, managing partner, Charles Russell Speechlys – UK legal sector
  • Ajay Sethi, managing partner, ASA and Associates LLP – perspective on Indian economy
  • Atul Sharma, managing partner, Link Legal India Law Services – impact on the Indian legal sector

We attracted over 265 registrations for the online event from across India, the UK and other locations. A total of 173 attendees joined the webinar from:

  • key Indian and the UK legal firms
  • the UK Ministry of Justice
  • the UK Department of International Trade
  • the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
  • the International Bar Association (IBA)
  • the UK India Business Council (UKIBC)
  • top private companies from India and the UK
  • our legal fraternity from both the jurisdictions

Live polls were run during the webinar and some useful statistics were gathered on:

  • Percentage of attendees accessing the webinar based on their locations – providing a good mix of audiences benefitting from this useful discussion:
    • 52% from India
    • 44% from UK
    • 4% attendees from other locations participated
  • Biggest challenge during the pandemic faced by businesses were identified as:
    • 54% operational issues (for example working from home, IT and engaging staff)
    • 26% Maintaining client service
    • 20% advising on COVID-19 rules and regulations

The feedback received from the webinar has been very positive, mentioning it was an informative session expertly chaired and valuable insights provided by the panellists. All the presentations made by the speakers were appreciated by the audience with encouraging views received on our social media platforms including LinkedIn and Twitter.

There was a remarkable interest on attending similar webinars in the future. Some topics suggested were:

  • the impact of contractual obligations during COVID-19 in India and the UK
  • Insurance Litigation
  • access to law in India vis-à-vis UK

View the recording of the webinar

If you need more information or are interested in our work done in India, email our international policy adviser (South Asia and ASEAN) at Preeti.Sawhney@lawsociety.org.uk.