The Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, gave a keynote speech, and awarded an academic legal prize to Orsolaya Toth for her treatise, The Lex Mercatoria in Theory and Practice which was selected from over 25 entries by an international panel of some of the world’s leading academic jurists. The forum provided our lawyers with insights into how the mood on the ground in the region and how our clients can do business as well as navigate through the new reality of sanctions.
Paul Marmor, the partner leading Sherrards’ international focus, spoke at the conference on a panel entitled “the secrets of success: an honest conversation on law firm management” which was simultaneously broadcast across Russia and the region to a number of leading universities, academic institutions and law firms. Paul spoke from the perspective of developing an international litigation practice within a mid-tier, mid-market law firm competing with the top tier. Paul’s key point was that “it has been essential to our growth that we have helped to develop an international network of similarly-placed law firms, in order that we can place work with piece of mind and provide our clients and contacts with a one-stop service, which helps us to defend client relationships as they increasingly move overseas.” Paul also added that “there are other intangible benefits to being part of an international network, sharing practice management methods and know-how, and also training.”
The panel was chaired by Joanne Harris, Contributing Editor of The Lawyer magazine, and included Dimitry Afanasiev, the chairman of Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners, Moscow, Sergey Pepelilaev the managing partner of The Pepelilaev Group. Other panellists included leading practitioners from German law firm Hengeler Mueller, global law firms Cleary Gottlieb and Dentons and leading UK firm RPC.
Marta Grieve, who leads Sherrards Russia/CIS drive, also attended the conference in St Petersburg. Marta has been practising in the Russia and CIS region for over 20 years, and was a partner with leading law firm Magisters before they became part of EPAM. She has extensive experience working in Russia, Ukraine and, more latterly, Kazakhstan, where she set up Magisters’ office. Marta is a fluent Russian and Ukrainian speaker.
Following the conference in St Petersburg, Marta and Paul visited a number of clients in Moscow.