63 episodes

The Hearing – a legal podcast from Thomson Reuters – is a discussion about interesting things with interesting people. All those interesting people just happen to have a connection with the law.

Hosted by lawyer and social media commentator Kevin Poulter, The Hearing lives up to its name by delving into anything and everything: telling the stories of trailblazers within the industry, uncovering the latest insights in legal innovation, and discussing the topics that matter to the people within the law.

Find out more at tr.com/TheHearing

The Hearing – A Legal Podcast Thomson Reuters

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The Hearing – a legal podcast from Thomson Reuters – is a discussion about interesting things with interesting people. All those interesting people just happen to have a connection with the law.

Hosted by lawyer and social media commentator Kevin Poulter, The Hearing lives up to its name by delving into anything and everything: telling the stories of trailblazers within the industry, uncovering the latest insights in legal innovation, and discussing the topics that matter to the people within the law.

Find out more at tr.com/TheHearing

    EP. 63 – Climate change and The Chancery Lane Project

    EP. 63 – Climate change and The Chancery Lane Project

    THE CROSS-EXAMINATION – On The Hearing, we hear from so many who have entered the legal profession with bold ambitions to change the world for the better. This week's guests may just do that.

    Becky talks to three determined lawyers about their involvement in a legal pro bono project to fight climate change. The Chancery Lane Project brings together legal professionals to create practical solutions to help reverse climate change. Their vision is a world in which every contract and law enables and encourages businesses to have a positive impact on the environment.

    They talk through perhaps one of the biggest issues when confronting the climate crisis: its scale. The effects of climate change are incredibly complex and somewhat abstract. Translating that into tangible solutions is a huge challenge that The Chancery Lane Project is addressing through legal hackathons and collaborative problem-solving.

    Contributors:
    - Matthew Gingell, General Counsel, Oxygen House Group
    - Yasmin Waljee OBE, International Pro Bono Director, Hogan Lovells
    - Dan Summers, Commercial Lawyer, Environment Agency


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    • 35 min
    EP. 62 – Ron Levine (Herrick, Feinstein LLP)

    EP. 62 – Ron Levine (Herrick, Feinstein LLP)

    In this week's episode, we showcase a conversation between Ron Levine, General Counsel at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, and host Joe Raczynski.

    Ron, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, speaks as a thoughtful realist, proponent for good, and a practitioner of what he preaches. He bears witness as a 40-year litigator, discussing the fascinating dealings of what happens behind the class action suit scenes, describing a lack of transparency, and what he would do to improve the system.

    Ron dives into the importance of technology, as a crusader for others in the field. Specifically, in the eDiscovery space he stresses the importance of tools, AI, and being smart about (of all things) the use of email. He also discusses what the future of litigation might look like with prediction modelling and big data.


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    • 38 min
    EP. 61 – Chris Fry (Fry Law)

    EP. 61 – Chris Fry (Fry Law)

    In this episode Yasmin chats to renowned equality and human rights lawyer Chris Fry. His Sheffield-based firm, Fry Law, represents people who have been treated unfairly by a service provider due to their disability, age, race, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

    Chris talks about the landmark cases that have put him and his team of lawyers at the forefront of some profound changes, particularly for people with disabilities. He also outlines the huge impact the knock-on consequences of COVID-19 have had on certain groups; for example, by restricting their access to basic necessities like food.

    Chris opens up about the work he and his fellow campaigners are doing to empower those people, and he reveals the fuel behind his unrelenting drive for justice.


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    • 39 min
    EP. 60 – Radd Seiger (Confluence Crisis Management Services)

    EP. 60 – Radd Seiger (Confluence Crisis Management Services)

    We've all heard of the tragic Harry Dunn case, and that's because of this week's guest, Radd Seiger. He took the case on simply because he was a concerned neighbour of Harry’s grieving family.

    Radd talks to Becky about his motivations, and what's involved in working to get justice for a client, in this case, a family. For international legal cases, such as this, it can be easy to get mired in the complexity of the politics, diplomacy and international relations and forget that for the client, all they want is some form of justice and to find the best way to move forward.

    A lot of lawyers enter the profession because they have a passion for justice, doing right and making the world better. Becky and Radd touch on how to reconcile that mission with the day-to-day tasks of being a lawyer and the impact it can have on mental health. They talk about the capacity and skills that lawyers have to open doors for their clients and to bring them on a journey.


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    • 48 min
    EP. 59 – David Brown (TLDEF)

    EP. 59 – David Brown (TLDEF)

    In this episode Joe is joined by David Brown, Legal Director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF). TLDEF is a transgender-led organisation fighting for transgender rights through litigation and other legal avenues.

    Working with numerous law firms, David and his team bring lawsuits to demonstrate how statutes are unequal and discriminatory. David tells Joe how his family inspired him to want to fight injustice. And he explains how TLDEF strategically selects cases with the ultimate aim of moving the law and the equality agenda forward, while also ensuring they authentically represent transgender people's lives.

    David talks about the importance of finding commonalities when discussing transgender people and the discrimination they face. Like anyone, transgender people want a nice place to live, a steady job and access to healthcare. But in many parts of the world, such fundamentals of life are often denied.

    David and Joe also discuss intersectionality, and how transgender people of colour are even more likely to face discrimination due to greater distrust and fear.


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    • 35 min
    EP. 58 – Ethical leadership in the law and racial justice

    EP. 58 – Ethical leadership in the law and racial justice

    THE CROSS-EXAMINATION – In this episode Becky hosts a discussion on the role of lawyers as ethical leaders and their relationship with racial justice. She's joined by Abimbola Johnson, a criminal barrister, and Carlos Brown, a senior VP and GC, to examine racial issues from UK and US perspectives.

    Lawyers have a unique position, enjoying a status as trusted professionals who give advice and provide solutions to an array of issues, yet they're not generally thought of as ethical leaders. And while lawyers frequently deal with various systems of justice, the connection between this work and justice can often be obscured by the detail of day-to-day tasks.

    Carlos, Abimbola and Becky speak about the current relationship between the legal profession and racial justice, the fundamental nature of justice in society, how it differs from due process, and why the law is always running a few steps behind justice and ethics.

    Contributors:
    - Carlos M. Brown, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Dominion Energy
    - Abimbola Johnson, Barrister, 25 Bedford Row


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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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58 Ratings

58 Ratings

fej1990 ,

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.

Francesco31Law ,

Pleasantly informative

Kevin’s Podcast strikes a good balance between information and entertainment. Being someone who is at the very beginning of the legal journey, I’m finding rather interesting to see how each guest has managed to carve out a reputation within a specific area of the field. Keep up the good work!

tommic1 ,

Fantastic

Love how Kevin gets such a variety of guests on his show from across the profession. Some really timely guests and love learning the stories of really inspirational lawyers!

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