Cook, to qualify as a solicitor in England.
He had obtained a six-month reduction from the two-year training period from the Law Society because of his previous work experience. This was the last post he held which he applied for, as he has been head-hunted for all subsequent posts held since qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales.
But by the time he left the firm he was doing predominately housing and consumer credit law and some substantial commercial work.
He was responsible for the Quality Mark Legal Aid Franchise in crime, family, personal injury, and welfare benefits and housing. Solomon was appointed to manage that project, combining his legal skills as a lawyer and his business skills as an MBA holder. He was appointed the Group Head of Legal, the company secretary and corporate global affairs counsel at Global Switch.
His work includes commercial and contractual issues, Intellectual Property, Financial Services and Banking, some company secretarial and data protection. Solomon obtained his Diploma in Notarial Practice from Cambridge University in and in the same year completed his doctorate in Business and Law from Anglia University, qualified as a Notary Public whilst holding down a full-time job.
With a number of citations including lawyer of the year, General Counsel of the Year and Innovative GC, he is acknowledged as an expert in consumer finance, banking and regulatory services. Solomon was a partner in private practice and then held senior roles in Industry. Solomon speaks and writes regularly about regulatory matters in the financial services sector FS , and has been influential in the commentary on data protection, privacy issues and strategic management in Europe.
He posits that the FS industry is diverse, with many lawyers working in niche areas. There are some areas of commodity, such as implementation of new laws, but often the drivers and risks are different from business to business. Collaboration via a cross-pollination of ideas around regulatory compliance, risk mitigation and alternative structuring would be helpful. Solomon mentions that it is unfortunate that transactional lawyers are unaware of the technical specifications of a solution, and they offer legal solutions which impede rather than facilitate objectives. He had suggested in the past that lawyers consider taking on non-traditional roles like CSR to help push boundaries, they can demonstrate values in non-monetary ways.
He is of the opinion that lawyers should consider how to offer advice that is practical and innovative with an eye on the commercial objective. The opportunity must be balanced against risks, and legal teams need to be forward in explaining this. If the business is buying or creating new technology, the legal team will need to ensure the business has all the required rights to use the technology owned effectively, and to know if the license is broad enough to cover all activities that the business has in mind.
We should also consider that there are adequate liability caps to reflect actual risk rather than contract value. Hence, if your passion is not a realistic one, rethink it, and consider the prevailing market conditions in your judgment.
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