The Hearing is a legal podcast from Thomson Reuters.
Listen to insightful discussions with interesting people who have a connection to the law. We delve into anything and everything – trailblazers within the industry, the latest insights in legal innovation, and we explore how the profession is evolving.
We also produce a regular spin-off called The Cross-Examination. These are documentary episodes where we do a deep dive into current issues and examine them through a legal lens.
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EP. 135 – Lubna Shuja (Law Society of England & Wales)
In this episode, Yasmin sits down with Lubna Shuja – the outgoing President of the Law Society of England and Wales. Lubna is the first Asian, first Muslim and only the seventh female President in the Law Society's nearly 200-year history.
The pair reflect on Lubna’s term as President – what she’s achieved, what her typical working days have been like (hint: long!), and why she never gets tired of talking about diversity and inclusion. They also discuss the importance of making mistakes, and what Lubna has learned by having one-on-one conversations directly with Law Society members.
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EP. 134 – James Egan (Epperson & Owens)
One day you’re a partner at a small US law firm, where you typically defend medical malpractice actions and have tried a few cases. The next, you’re working on a trial that’s being livestreamed around the world – and your client is Gwyneth Paltrow. Plus, you've gone viral because the internet is calling you the “Superman lawyer” due to your likeness to Clark Kent. That’s exactly what happened to our next guest, James Egan.
Jennifer sits down with James to hear about his experience with the Paltrow ski accident trial and much more. They discuss his hesitant road to litigation after doing legal work in India and at an innocence project.
James shares his intentionality in joining a small firm and explains why making the time for the things he loves (he’s also a father and an accomplished musician) makes him a better lawyer. The internet may know James as Superman, but we think Superdad is a fitting moniker too. Prepare to be inspired!
If you want to hear more about representing celebrities, check out Lauren’s interview with Camille Vasquez in episode 123: https://pod.fo/e/181d56
EP. 133 – Ideshini Naidoo
Fasten your seatbelts – technological advances in legal work are about to hit warp speed, thanks to the possibilities unlocked by artificial intelligence and large language models.
This episode’s guest, Ideshini Naidoo was, until very recently, Head of Engineering, Legal Workflow, at Thomson Reuters. Just before Ideshini left the company to pursue new challenges, she sat down with Becky Annison to discuss the changes that are coming.
Ideshini offers her views on making it easier for lawyers to adopt and use new technologies, why the combination of AI and expert content is so powerful, and how legal tech can help improve access to justice.
This is Becky’s second episode focusing on AI, ChatGPT and the legal profession. If you missed the first, you can listen to that episode here: https://pod.fo/e/186180
EP. 132 – Rashida La Lande (Kraft Heinz)
TWLL TAKEOVER – Cue the fireworks: it's the grand finale of our TWLL Takeover mini-series, and our closing guest is suitably dazzling.
Rashida La Lande, Global General Counsel of the Kraft Heinz Company, joins host Janelle Wrigley to chat about her stellar career, from M&A partner at a global law firm to general counsel of one of the most recognizable brands in the world.
Rashida spills the beans on the rewards and challenges of overseeing a global legal team across 130 countries, offers advice to junior lawyers on how to stand out from the crowd, and explains why she’s optimistic about the future of the legal profession for women and people of color. Rashida left us feeling empowered, awe-struck… and a little peckish (listen to the end of the episode to find out why).
As the curtain falls on this series of the TWLL Takeover, we hope you are feeling empowered too. You can learn more about TWLL (Transforming Women's Leadership in the Law) here: https://legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.co.uk/blog/transforming-womens-leadership-law/
EP. 131 – Jeff Bast (Bast Amron)
Meditation. Gratitude. Exercise. Successful lawyering. At first glance, one of these may seem out of place. But for this episode’s guest, Jeff Bast, these are all inextricably tied together.
As co-founder of the Miami law firm Bast Amron, Jeff is no stranger to the stresses of being a managing partner. Yet, as you'll hear, Jeff has known something for a while now that the greater legal profession has taken longer to figure out: in order to really do our jobs well, we need to take charge of our mental and physical well-being.
Among other things, Lauren chats with Jeff about the connection between good lawyering and wellness, work-life harmony (not balance, as Jeff explains!), his views on the importance of in-office work and separating office and home life, and Jeff's passion for being vegan.
EP. 130 – Barry Matthews (Social Mobility Business Partnership)
TWLL TAKEOVER – Call him a leader. Call him a mentor. Call him a supporter of human beings everywhere. Just don’t call him an ally!
Find out why Barry Matthews, Group Deputy General Counsel at Pennon Group and founder of the Social Mobility Business Partnership (https://smbp.org.uk), dislikes that term, as he chats with host Janelle Wrigley about supporting women leaders and breaking down silos in the legal industry.
If Barry’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he was a guest way back – on episode 15 (https://pod.fo/e/149f8e). We don’t often have return guests, so you know that when we do, there’s good reason for it.
Barry offers plenty of humour and plenty to think about, in addition to having an inspiring career journey of his own.
Great podcast covering a range of subjects!
Very insightful podcast
A really interesting, insightful listen - highly recommend!
Brilliant listen podcast - every episode brings something new
I always enjoy listening to this podcast! Fascinating to hear what some of the world’s brilliant legal minds, leaders and even musicians have experienced to get to where they are now. Humorous, interesting and an excellent host.