Sackers updates its virtual meeting guide – one year on

With the first anniversary of remote working only a few days away, Sacker & Partners LLP (Sackers), the UK’s leading specialist law firm for pensions and retirement savings, has published its second guide to virtual meeting etiquette to help keep meetings on track.

Joanna Smith, partner at Sackers, said: “Effective trustee meetings are central to good pension scheme governance and these meetings have now been held virtually for almost a year. From the outset, trustee boards and their advisers adapted incredibly quickly to the challenges of meeting in this way.  Our updated virtual meeting etiquette guide sets out some suggested ground rules that trustee boards might wish to adopt, based on our collective experience over the past year.

“Face to face meetings are unlikely to fully return for some time to come, or in some cases at all. The next challenge is likely to be how to run an effective “hybrid” meeting with some attendees physically present in a meeting room and others attending virtually. No doubt the ground rules will need to evolve for that too. We are aware that planning for such meetings is already underway, and we are ready to support Trustees, Chairs and Scheme Secretaries to get the most out of their meetings when this next phase of meetings starts.”

The Guide, which can be found here, gives guidance and helpful tips and techniques to ensure the smooth running of meetings. It includes such things as clarity of conduct, relationships, time management and making sure all voices are heard.