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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.


Lawyers Against Loneliness

Law Against Loneliness: 5 June

Poll of the Day Staff at Simmons & Simmons have been asked to vote on whether they want to take a 20 per cent pay cut for up to six months or not, with a corresponding reduction in hours. Should they have been asked to vote on this decision? Pic of the Day “I thought […]

Webinar: Changing the culture of financial services

In this free to attend webinar, part of the In-house Financial Services virtual event that took place between 30 June – 2nd July, speakers discuss whether now is the perfect time to revise and develop your firm’s culture, given this climate where everything is forcibly changing, starting with the behaviours and mindsets that characterise an organisation. The FCA defines culture as ‘the habitual behaviours and mindsets that characterise an organisation’ yet culture is commonly known as ‘the way things are done around here’. How can the financial services sector change this mindset to reflect a culture that aligns employee practice with the best customer outcomes? Can organisations utilise the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to develop their corporate culture in a vacuum? Dr Tom Reader, associate professor at the LSE’s Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, explains that the key is having a compelling reason to change as “Covid-19 is testament to the fact that culture can change rapidly”. Behaviours change when the cause is important – often, change programmes are ineffective because they are meaningful only for the people who want the change, not for the people they want to change. Complete the form below to access the 40-minute webinar and hear the speakers discuss: Who is driving your organisational culture; shareholders, the board or employees and customers? How can firms go beyond rules and standards to achieve real cultural change? How do you influence and inform culture? Has the crisis been revealing of organisational culture? What cultural changes have businesses made during the pandemic? How do you encourage great people to do even better things and choose to change rather than have it imposed? Can the industry reform performance metrics to ensure customers are at the forefront of business and employee successes rather than short-term profit maximization? Speakers: Karen Ozdamar, General Counsel, Paymentsense Dr Tom Reader, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department (Research), London School of Economics Ehsan Haque, General Counsel, AlphaSwap Moderator: Shika Soni, Regional Head of Legal, Europe & Middle East, Principal Global Investors

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McDermott’s got to get better at keeping its laterals

Out of all the years to choose from and McDermott Will & Emery picks 2020 for its London office reboot. The US firm’s City base is well on track to add more new partners than it did last year; it has already added four new members compared to six throughout the whole of 2019. McDermott […]


In search of Arcadia? Check the broadband, not the house prices

One of the seemingly obvious benefits of this remote working trend is that lawyers now have more flexibility to choose where they live and it’s likely that a few are considering a life of bucolic bliss once things have settled. However, there is one big limiting factor: broadband infrastructure. Last year the plight of British […]

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