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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.


Freshfields’ finance lawyers get their hands dirty in Africa

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer sent members of its finance team to South Africa in the autumn to build houses for the poor of Durban’s townships. Four years ago, Freshfields decided to focus its corporate responsibility programme on homelessness and education in an effort to internationalise the firm’s charitable efforts. The charity Habitat For Humanity International was […]

Judges slate Victorian judicial reform

Judges working in the Australian state of Victoria have warned that proposals to introduce acting judges within the state court system could impinge the independence of the judiciary. In a letter to the attorney-general of Victoria Rob Hulls, the Judicial Conference of Australia (JCA) has voiced its opposition to the proposed Courts Legislation (Judicial Appointment […]

Playing away

It was bonkers, like Willy Wonka’s place, last Monday night (29 November). Linklaters’ communications, media and technology (CMT) team kicked off the party season proper with a champagne reception at Hamleys on Regent Street. The staff shut up shop at 8pm, leaving the Linklaters guests free to wander the store at their leisure and get in some […]

Offshore companies exposed to litigation

Offshore companies, such as oil rig operators, are being exposed unnecessarily to multimillion-dollar litigation because they do not have a coherent legal strategy, a report has shown. Refusal to instruct a lawyer at an early stage, negative attitudes towards in-house lawyers and lack of commercial advice from external law firms, are also cited. Some 60 […]


Spanish wiseWhile Abbey’s new owners Banco Santander Central Hispano had to shell out £9m on postage and packaging for Abbey’s scheme of arrangement document, the Spanish bank has proved itself a master at screwing down its law firms on fees. Sources close to the deal say Santander’s law firm Clifford Chance picked up just £4m […]

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