Frederic Rosiers also recognises the advantages of this relationship-based approach: “I mainly deal with cases in the field of entrepreneurial and corporate law. Companies are micro- societies with associates, directors, shareholders and employees. Conflicts within the company can degenerate into lengthy procedural wars. But a deeper insight into the real underlying interests of the various stakeholders can often prevent this. This is particularly applicable for family businesses and SMEs, where personal and family relationships very often define the business climate.” Frederic, who also took a course in mediation, also states: “We negotiate and mediate when possible, but litigate when necessary.
Jana Kern, proficient in (international) labour and social security law, acknowledges this by saying: “Naturally, both employers’ and employees’ rights and obligations must be respected. However, this does not diminish the fact that there are often underlying professional and/or personal interests, which require attention in order to find solutions in the clients’ interest. Speaking the right language helps as well.” Additionally, Jana has an asset that holds particular importance for a relationship-oriented legal profession: she is fluent in six languages and lived in 5 different countries. “Law can be a means to an end, but proactive, clear and transparent communication is often a more powerful weapon. Acknowledging the different international and cultural backgrounds of all parties involved is of the utmost importance. This is one of our firm’s key ambitions. We say what we do and we do what we say.