Law firms today are under pressure as the economy changes and
client needs and demands evolve. Clients now expect seamless
service across as many jurisdictions as possible, with in-depth
knowledge of local law, regulatory issues, and of the business,
political and cultural considerations in each.
Although sanctions against Russia and economic instability have
resulted in a slowdown in business activity in the investment
market, a number of sectors of the legal market remain active,
including retail, life sciences, and manufacturing. While the
number of M&A projects on the market has declined, the demand
for general corporate, tax and customs, intellectual property,
employment, competition and compliance, international trade and
WTO, and dispute resolution work is still very strong. Investment
and financing projects from Asia mean that many of our lawyers are
working cross-regional projects involving China, Japan, South
Korea, India, and other countries.
To be competitive in the today's business environment,
lawyers need to focus on delivering consistent high quality and
value to their clients, be efficient in working on their
clients' projects, and know their client's business as well
as their clients do.
Legal internship issues
Many international law firms in Russia have internship programs
for students, most of which take place in the summer. Unlike other
firms, we do not hire interns for the summer period because we
consider it ineffective to do so. Many lawyers and clients are on
vacation, business activity slows down and the young specialists do
not get a lot of opportunity to learn something during their
For this reason, a few years ago we designed a new type of
internship. We hire young specialists for a four-month period on an
internship running from September 1 until December 31. This means
that they find themselves thrown into a busy season environment
from the very beginning. Young specialists get the opportunity to
work with different practice and sector groups within the firm, and
quite often participate in cross-border projects. Their internship
is a diversified, very interesting and extremely useful experience.
Those interns who complete this internship successfully are awarded
a contact for a permanent paralegal' position with the firm by
the New Year.
Our principal requirements for internship applicants are –
fourth or fifth year students, or fresh graduates from a law
faculty, a logical mind and excellent command of English.
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