At 42, Hervé Tomaschewski took over as head of the Sarreguemines bar on 1is January. The lawyer from Sarreguemines, installed since 2005, succeeds Romain Gorgol. “A natural result”, after having invested in the institutional environment, by assuming the presidency of the Carpa (Fund of pecuniary settlement of lawyers) for five years, and the functions of treasurer of the order for six years.
Between the growl of lawyers and the health crisis, the year 2020 was particularly complicated …
Hervé TOMASCHEWSKI : “The profession had to digest a reform of civil procedure, decided in disaster between Christmas and New Year, for entry into force on January 1, 2020. Neither the courts, nor lawyers, nor bailiffs were prepared, which caused wavering.
We are fortunate to have a jurisdiction and a bar on a human scale, which have enabled us to be responsive and to find solutions.
To this were added the strike linked to the pension reform, a massive movement for the entire profession, and the Covid in March. Managing practices has been made complicated. This was a real challenge for the entire legal community, but we were able to adapt and develop new ways of working. We are fortunate to have a jurisdiction and a bar on a human scale, which have enabled us to be responsive and to find solutions. In Sarreguemines, we were able to bounce back, when other jurisdictions were still blocked. “
What are your priorities in 2021?
“To absorb reforms, such as that of divorce, the entry into force of which, for certain provisions, is recent (1is January). Another has just been published in Official newspaper. The 2021 finance law amended the regulation of legal aid, adding certain conditions and providing for an improvement in the payment method for certain lawyers’ missions.
Our project is to improve the relationship between magistrates and lawyers concerning the functioning of the chambers.
The bars also want to look into the reform aimed at strengthening the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism, a difficult subject, which concerns everyone, even Sarreguemines.
Finally, our project is to improve the relationship between judges and lawyers concerning the functioning of the chambers. In Sarreguemines, there is the will to review the way we work, to be real partners. “
The bar feared for jurisdiction and its skills. They are maintained. Are you reassured?
“Reassured, but vigilant. Sarreguemines has a future and the particularity of being close to the border. Lawyers are bilingual, which is not emphasized enough. When you are German nationals, when you live in France, it is reassuring to have someone able to explain a foreign law to you in your mother tongue. And vice versa. We can guide our French customers.
We would like the jurisdiction of Sarreguemines to also be enhanced. We have a bilingual magistrate and the possibility of further developing cross-border litigation. “