Legal cost of travelling to see client
I recently came across an article on the internet about someone in New York giving dance lessons over Skype to someone else living in Baghdad.
If this kind of thing is now being done by ordinary people, why do some solicitors still insist on travelling half way across the country to interview their clients and/or witnesses?
Even if the client/witness does not already have the technology to use Skype (or the equivalent), the solicitor could buy them a top of the range tablet computer pre-loaded with the relevant software and with a 4G data contract (and talk through over the phone even the most technology illiterate person how to answer a Skype call) for a fraction of the amount that is often claimed by solicitors for travel costs.
But we mustn’t rush into modern technology just to reduce legal costs. Nothing wrong with quill and ink.