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In Pliny’s Shoes

“In Pliny’s Shoes” is the first blog we launch in legalcommunity.ch dedicated to the world of in-house counsels. Our objective is to create a space where to find out more about the work of general counsels and current legal topics thanks to the experience, the voice and the pen of Ricardo Cortés-Monroy, the worldwide chief legal officer at the Nestlé Group headquartered in Switzerland, during 2010-2019. Ricardo is currently a senior vice president at Nestlé and pursues as well a Classical Antiquity master degree at The Open University in the UK. He lives in Blonay, in the French part of Switzerland together with his family.

by Ricardo Cortés-Monroy - During the period covering the middle Republic and the Principate, the Roman ruling elite had established what is known as the cursus honorum. A mostly unavoidable sequential order of public offices to be held by aspiring politicians

by Ricardo Cortés-Monroy - Don’t you get the feeling that politics is omnipresent? That the political lens has invaded everything and everywhere? Few topics can be discussed without somebody in your entourage looking at it through an ideological -even partisan- prism

by Ricardo Cortés-Monroy «His only fault is that he has no fault» is the famous quote that, allegedly, Pliny the Younger stated in the first century A.D. (for the purists: I have not been able to find it in his surviving

(by Ricardo Cortés-Monroy) « Amicitiae tam superiores quam minores » (Pliny the Younger, Letter 7.3). When a couple of weeks ago I was deepening my study of the Roman institution of patronage, I encountered this revealing phrase of Pliny the Younger.

(by Ricardo Cortés-Monroy) As the economic and business pandemic driven multi-faceted difficulties become part of a revised “new normal”, many General Counsel continue to face new challenges in their day-to-day operations

(by Ricardo Cortés-Monroy) The staggering, shocking, figures we have seen the last days reveal an unprecedented rise of unemployment in most economies in the world.

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