Starting in 1988, Simon Foreman was taken on, followed by Chantal Bonnard in 1989 and Mauricia Courrégé in 1991. They became partners in the firm, in 1993 for Simon Foreman and in 1998 for Chantal Bonnard and Mauricia Courrégé, playing a role in its expansion.
"This was the right strategy , confirmed Daniel Soulez Larivière. It allowed us, at the very moment that my firm was gaining momentum, to successfully expand into aviation, crisis management and disasters and white collar crime as well as into all the other sectors in which we are now considered to have such a high-level of expertise."
One example among many is the firm’s aviation work. Daniel Soulez Larivière first started advising the French Civil Aviation Authority in the early 1980s. The firm has built on this, and is now recognized as one of the leading experts in the field.
Over the past fifteen years the firm has been heavily involved in a large number of sensitive cases, such as the collapse of a terminal at Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport and the Habsheim, Mont Sainte Odile and Concorde (Gonesse) disasters (if we stay within the aviation sector). Nevertheless, Daniel Soulez Larivière does not wish the firm’s recognized expertise in this field to limit its members to handling only "crisis situations".
Another example of the firm’s ability to evolve is its involvement in the deferred prosecution agreements negotiated with the US Justice Department, a legal “innovation” which immediately interested Daniel Soulez Larivière and Astrid Mignon Colombet, who was made a partner in 2011.
Public opinion often views the fame of a case as an indication of its critical nature, but in his opinion this is deceptive: "A crisis may attract a lot of media coverage, as was the case with the collapse of the stands at the Furiani stadium, the Rainbow Warrior case and the sinking of the Erika... But a crisis may also be something that is not public knowledge, producing very serious risks, for example for a company, leading to civil or commercial proceedings without the public ever being aware of it. Fortunately, not all critical cases attract media attention and not all of the cases that we handle for our clients are critical! However, the skills acquired by the whole of our team whilst working on these very sensitive cases are also applied in ordinary cases to help us secure a successful outcome for our clients."
Regardless of his day-to-day life as a lawyer, Daniel Soulez Larivière today is a public figure, and not only in Chambellay in the Maine et Loire where he was a councilman for twelve years. Knight of the Legion of Honour and the French National Order of Merit, he was a member of the advisory committee for the revision of the Constitution (1992-1993) and of the Commission for the review of the criminal immunity of the President of the French Republic (2002-2003). He is currently the author or co-author of several books, the three most recent being: "La Justice à l’Epreuve" (Odile Jacob, 2002) co-written with Jean-Marie Coulon (at that time the Chief Justice of the Paris Court of Appeal); "Le Temps des Victimes" (Albin Michel, 2007) co-written with Caroline Eliacheff (a psychoanalyst); and "La transparence et la vertu" (Albin Michel, 2014).
As he wrote in 1982 in "L’Avocature", lawyers may be considered "part of the forces of law and order, as a lawyers’ role is to fully defend those to be tried, and it is this that enables the system to be accepted, as everyone realises that their case has been pleaded in the best possible way." At that time, in support of this somewhat provocative idea, he had investigated the Gary Gilmore case in the United-States. Gary Gilmore had been sentenced to death and had instructed his lawyers to fulfil his death sentence by firing squad so that he could finally have his "moment of glory" denied to him during his trial (Unfortunately, this case brought back the use of the death penalty in the United States).
Today, the lawyers in SL&A are all convinced of the absolute nature of the right to a defence. Whether the firm is handling critical or non-critical cases, it has never been run and will never be run as a "legal supermarket". Regardless of the varying opinions that may be held within the firm, the partners and associates form a team who approach their work in the traditional way, as experts in their field... in keeping with the beliefs that motivated the firm’s founder more than forty years ago.
Daniel Soulez Larivière
Beginnings: one man and a few cases attracting media coverage
Turning point: "L’Avocature" and the Rainbow Warrior case
Expansion: a firm at the forefront of developments in law
Daniel Soulez Larivière
's articles on this Website (only available in French):
- 1988-2009 : 22 ans de prises de position dans la presse
- 1990 : tout (ou presque) était déjà dans le livre Justice pour la justice
- Accidents aériens : une révolution juridique
- Affaires Tapie et Bettencourt : bienvenue dans le cirque médiatico-judiciaire
- Avis du Comité d’éthique du barreau de Paris sur l’application de la loi Sapin 2
- Ce que les procureurs n’ont pas dit
- Changer la Constitution ne résoudrait pas les problèmes rencontrés par notre pays
- Comprendre les deals de justice
- Défendre le diable
- Des dangers de la pénalisation des accidents
- Faute à La Faute sur mer
- Garde à vue
- Juges et procureurs
- L’affaire Volkswagen : justice américaine et justice mondiale
- La justice doit être rendue par des juges
- La liberté d’information et ses contradictions
- La réforme inutile du Conseil supérieur de la magistrature
- Le problème du ministère public français
- Le vrai débat sur l’affaire Chirac
- Les avocats, entre Azincourt et la ligne Maginot
- Les écoutes de la NSA et celles de la loi sur le renseignement
- Les écoutes et la torture
- Les écoutes et le secret professionnel de l’avocat
- Les interventions dans les médias audiovisuels
- Les juristes d’entreprise doivent-ils avoir le statut d’avocat ?
- Les tenants de la précaution jouent sur la peur
- Magistrature, outrage et discrédit : un débat ancien
- Parabènes : la précaution ou la peur ?
- Pour une transformation du statut du parquet
- Pourquoi le juge d’instruction doit disparaître
- Propositions pour une différenciation des corps du siège et du parquet
- Réforme des professions vingt ans après
- Souverains et sujets
- Une tribune de fin 2008 : Vie et mort du juge d’instruction
- Vers une nouvelle architecture judiciaire
- Yoda le Sage
- « Affaire "Erika" : Total victime d’un malentendu »
- « Comprendre ou juger ? »
- « Dramatique face-à-face entre tueurs en série et victimes »
- « La magistrature et le complexe d’Adam »
- « Le juge, roi malgré lui ? Violence psychologique et paix des ménages »
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