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How pro bono is making me a better lawyer

There are many opportunities to get involved with pro bono and several reasons why it is a good idea to do so. Verity discusses the pro bono opportunities she has been involved in and how they have strengthened her ability as a trainee solicitor.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l August 2020

Welcome to the August edition of Schoenherr’s to the point: technology & digitalisation newsletter! We are excited to present a selection of legal developments in the area of technology & digitalisation in the wider CEE region.

GC roundtable: How to communicate with impact in a virtual world

As most of us are still working from home, we are communicating virtually for long periods every day, with diverse groups of people from different cultures, forums and time zones. We are continuing our usual work tasks and commitments, but now having to deliver meetings and presentations as well as communicate a host of difficult messages.


Oxleys partner to boost litigation dept

Rotherham firm Oxley & Coward has recruited Tim Toomey to head the litigation department as part of its drive to become one of the area’s major law firms. Toomey, who joins from Sheffield firm Taylor & Emmett, previously spent six years at Eversheds. As a partner he intends a considerable expansion of his department. He […]

Manches seeks another merger to keep growing after swallowing Rubinsteins

Manches & Co is looking to merge with another practice to mark the next phase of its expansion following its take-over in 1994 of London-based Rubinstein Callingham Polden & Gale. Corporate partner Melvin Pedro said: “A merger would make sense for us because there are definite advantages in having the kind of economies of scale […]


Dressage rider Carl Hester has set a first by being sponsored by a group of barristers. A syndicate of 15 barristers from commercial set Brick Court Chambers – including head of chambers Christopher Clarke QC – has agreed to sponsor the top British dressage rider in what is believed to be the first Bar sponsorship […]

Balfour installs high-tech phone messaging system

SCOTS firm Balfour & Manson has invested over £70,000 in state-of-the-art telecommunications equipment. It will be one of the first law firms to operate a Visual Mailbox, which allows employees to access their voice and fax messages from their PCs, meaning they can prioritise which messages to respond to first. Clients will be able to […]

Bar pro bono unit wants direct access for public

The public will be able to use barristers without referral from a solicitor if the Bar’s new pro bono unit persuades the Bar Council to relax its referral rules. The unit, launched a month ago to tackle unchecked instances of injustice referred by solicitors, has been inundated with calls from the public. Under the Bar […]

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