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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.


OFT ordered to pay credit card costs in ‘unusual’ CAT decision

In A highly unusual move, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ordered the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to pay costs to intervener Visa Europe in the high-profile credit card fee arrangements probe. The OFT has also been ordered to pay costs to the appellants Mastercard UK Members Forum (MMF), Mastercard International and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) after […]

Law Soc slams Govt fraud trial measure

The Law Society has hit out at new Government proposals suggesting that judges be allowed to dismiss defendants’ advisers in very high-cost fraud trials. The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) consultation paper, published last week (4 August), proposed that judges should be given the power to order the withdrawal of a defendant’s lawyer in cases where there appears […]

Sipping the velvet

Tulkinghorn is often defending the volume he drinks to Mrs Tulkinghorn, but it’s not often he has to defend his choice of drink from the bar staff. At Bonds on Threadneedle the other week, with that meatiest of US firms LeBoeuf Lamb Pork & Two Veg, Tulkinghorn bravely ordered a ‘Senorita’ from the cocktail menu […]

Law Soc slams government plans for fraud trials

The Law Society and solicitors have hit out at new government proposals suggesting that judges be allowed to dismiss defendants’ advisers in very high cost fraud trials. The proposal was made in a Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) consultation paper published last week (4 August) on judicial powers to manage conflict of interest and capacity […]

GE counsel tops US pay league with $5.04m package

General Electric’s legal chief Benjamin Heineman remains the highest-paid general counsel in the US, scooping a mammoth $5.4m (£2.7m) in total cash compensation last year. Heineman narrowly beat Lehman Brothers Holdings’ executive vice-president and chief legal officer Thomas Russo, who earned an equally impressive $5m (£2.68m) in salary and bonuses. However, if stock-related transactions such […]

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