Our training programme for 2020 has recently drawn to a close.
We’ve been running specialist training for catastrophic injury lawyers and case managers since 2012 and this year managed to squeeze in two face to face events before the training landscape changed due to Covid, and we moved all our training online in June.
Since then, we’ve run 31 live webinars, with over 1,700 people attending live or watching the recorded webinars. We’ve covered a range of topics from essential legal updates through to frontal lobe injuries and have had a wide range of speakers including leading QCs, psychologists, architects and case managers.
It’s been a challenging year, having never run a webinar prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, our focus now is on plans for 2021, starting the year on-line and hopefully ending the year with a combination of on-line and face to face events.
We spoke with our Training and Membership Manager, Julie McCarthy, to find out about the challenges faced this year:
‘Moving our popular training on line has been a huge challenge – we decided at the beginning of June when it became clear that restrictions were going to be in place for some time, that we had to move our training online, and having always shied away from webinars, our first webinar ran just 12 days later – my sons are now experts in using GoToWebinar as they were my presenters and audience in the run up to our sold out first event.
We started webinars at a time when people were still adapting to working from home, competition from other training providers was high and it was essential that we maintain the high standard of our training. Choosing the right platform to use was key – software that was reliable and user friendly for both the attendee and the speaker and, so far, we’ve had very few issues with software reliability – though there have been a few times when the postman has knocked and my dogs have been furiously barking in the background! It’s been a new experience for some of our speakers, talking to a blank screen, unable to gauge reaction from the audience but they all seem to quite like it!
I’ve tried to approach webinars exactly as I would our full day training events, choosing diverse topics that appeal to catastrophic injury lawyers, case managers and therapists alike, at a level appropriate for our member firms, who are all highly experienced in the field of brain injury.
The main difference however is that I plan our face to face events up to a year in advance – I’m not very good at leaving things to the last minute and there’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears. But being able to put on events at short notice has also had its advantages – within 24 hours of hearing the date judgment was being handed down in the hugely anticipated case of Swift v Carpenter, we were able to have a webinar arranged, marketed, and pretty much sold out featuring the QC who acted for the claimant!
I’m look forward to meeting people again at our events, but I think webinars will remain a key part of our training programme, and once we can meet again face to face, we will be trying to incorporate the two together, giving people the option wherever possible to join one event, in person or online.’
Huge thanks to our 2020 event sponsors Nestor, whose support has meant that we have been able to include a number of free for all to attend webinars within this year’s programme and to Tim Jones of Enable Law and Francis Lacy Scott of CL Medilaw for their ongoing support and assistance with our training programme.
Feedback for our webinars has been encouraging with delegates commenting:
- The webinars are perfect in length and are always good quality presentation with a great deal of useful information. They are topical and practical.
- I thought the speaker was brilliant. Used excellent examples to prove her point. Thoroughly informative and useful webinar. Many thanks
- I could listen to this webinar ten times! Absolutely superb!
- I think this is an excellent way of delivering training during lockdown.
- Really useful and interesting webinar. The best I’ve attended for a long time.
If you haven’t yet attended one of our webinars, recordings of all events in 2020 are available for a limited time, full details are available on our website where you will also find details of our 2021 events – www.braininjurygroup.co.uk/for-professionals/