Barclays' lawyers have experienced the pitfalls of streaming a court case on Zoom after they were caught accusing financier Amanda Staveley of "crashing and burning" after proceedings ended yesterday.
538prom精品视频在线播放The law firm representing the bank was forced to apologise today after a live feed broadcast to those watching the case was not cut off and one of its lawyers was heard accusing Ms Staveley of "obviously lying" while giving evidence.
The firm acting for Barclays, Simmons & Simmons, confirmed that the comments were made and overheard in the courtroom. A spokesman said: "This should not have happened and is very regrettable. We apologise to Ms Staveley and to the court."
538prom精品视频在线播放The long-awaited trial, which began this week, is one of the first cases to be held in a courtroom since the coronavirus pandemic. To maintain social distancing rules the case is being streamed online as only a small number of lawyers are allowed in the room.
Ms Staveley is suing the bank for £1.6bn over claims her firm PCP Capital Partners and the Abu Dhabi investors who it represented were treated unfairly during a 2008 emergency fundraising. Barclays has said the claim is "misconceived and without merit".
The case could pose a reputational risk for UK Finance, Britain's biggest financial trade group, after PCP's written opening statement to the court accused its boss Stephen Jones of making "deeply unpleasant personal comments" about Ms Staveley in an email to a colleague while he worked as a senior banker at Barclays during the 2008 crisis.
538prom精品视频在线播放The text of the message is not included in the opening statement, but could be revealed during questions directed at Mr Jones when he appears as a witness next month.
538prom精品视频在线播放In a witness statement, released yesterday, Ms Staveley said Mr Jones also called her firm a "bunch of scumbags" and "f-----s" while on a call to a colleague in 2008.
538prom精品视频在线播放Addressing the High Court earlier this week, on the first day of the civil trial, Ms Staveley's barrister Joe Smouha QC said the case would lay bare the "pre-global financial crisis arrogance" of the banking industry, where the focus was on bonuses, money and "unfortunately also sexism and misogyny".