Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2008, Capucine Lanta de Bérard was made a partner in January 2016.
Capucine initially worked in the public health sector, gaining substantial experience as legal adviser to the Ligue Nationale contre le Cancer (National Cancer League), which she joined in 2002. Working in the Prevention department, she was responsible for legal aspects of the association’s tobacco control strategy. She amassed valuable knowledge of this area, which encompasses illegal advertising, taxation, retail distribution and the formulation of the projects themselves. She was involved in the association’s first legal actions and contributed to the success of its parliamentary lobbying on these issues.
Following on from this first professional experience, Capucine Lanta de Bérard worked on criminal law, medical law and public law cases as an intern for Flécheux & Associés while preparing for the Bar. She obtained her Bar examination certificate (CAPA) in 2008.
Her other qualifications include a postgraduate degree (maîtrise) in private law and criminal science with a speciality in business law from Paris X University and a postgraduate degree (DESS) in law and new technologies from Lille 2 University, achieving honours in both.
Since joining Soulez Larivière & Associés in 2009, Capucine has regularly handled criminal employment law cases (accidents in the workplace, occupational illness, ‘obstruction of employee representatives’ and harassment) and cases involving all types of ‘involuntary’ offences, including mass accidents and ‘reckless endangerment’. She worked alongside Daniel Soulez Larivière on the AZF case (a chemical factory explosion), focusing particularly on the impartiality of the judges. This argument led to the appeal court decision being reversed in 2015, and a re-trial being scheduled for 2016.
Capucine also works on corporate criminal cases, including those involving ‘illegal investments by public officials’, fraud, money laundering, breach of trust, forgery and falsification.
She has considerable experience in the area of liability and cross-cutting issues relating to compensation (including for personal injury claims). Over a period of almost four years she devoted a great deal of her time and effort to a new area of litigation relating to the exposure of employees to asbestos, which raises issues of criminal law, public health law and employment law. This has given her considerable specific experience in group litigation and allowed her to hone her pleading skills.
Another area of expertise is the analysis and prevention of the risk of criminal litigation.
At the same time, Capucine Lanta de Bérard has continued to develop her core practice areas of general criminal law, criminal law and the press, media and new technologies, and criminal law in the public health sector, with a particular focus on the regulation of tobacco and alcohol (representing several associations) and on industrial and medical liability cases. She worked on the much-reported PIP breast implants case.
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