Digest 07

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Legal changes in the work of notaries

On March 31, 2014 the MIA “Russia Today” international multimedia press center will host the Conference “Novels in the legislation on State registration of estates in real property and notariat: trends in harmonization, prospects for development”

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The Conference is dedicated to the most significant changes in notary legislation which were in place over the past 20 years and should have a remarkable impact on citizens’ legal safety in transactions with real estate, or on the secondary car market and in other areas of civil turnover.

Welcoming speeches by Elena Borisenko, Deputy Minister of Justice of Russian Federation.

The programme of the Conference includes two sessions. During the first one, entitled “Increasing the attractiveness of registration of title with the help of a notary. Notarially certified real estate transaction as an instrument of property rights protection and ensuring the steadiness of civil turnover” speakers will address registration of title in notarially certified transactions in the light of changes regulated by 379-FZ federal law, as well as future prospects for development of the real estate market legislation.

The second session entitled “Registration of notice of movable estate pledge: urgent issues of law and technology infusion. Unified notarial information system as a factor increasing the level of protection of rights and legitimate interests of citizens and entities” will be dedicated to the advantages of the new order of registration of notice of movable estate pledge for citizens and business representatives and analysis of technical aspects of registration in electronic form.

Vitaly Ushkanov, CEO RAPSI, and Maria Melnikova, Adviser to the Minister for Justice of the Russian Federation, will act as the moderators of the sessions.

The Conference will bring together representatives of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Belarusian Notary Chamber, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, Federal Notary Chamber of Russia, notaries, financial experts, members of real estate companies.

Among the speakers: Roman Bevzenko, Head of the Department of Private Law of the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation, Konstantin Korsik, President of the Moscow Notary Chamber, Anna Lupashko, President of the Russian Guild of Realtors, Vladimir Yarkov, Vice-President of the Federal Notary Chamber of the Russian Federation, Alexandra Ignatenko, Notary, Alexander Ageev, first Deputy Chairman of the Committee on the Constitutional Legislation of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Natalya Borisenko, Chairman of the Belarusian Notary Chamber, Ilya Radchenko, Executive-board Member of the Moscow Regional Chamber of Notaries, Pr. Evgeniy Sukhanov, Head of the Civil law Department of the Faculty of Law of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, LLD.

Registration is open on the website http://www.moscownotaryconf.ru/reg

Moving In-House

“Regardless of the reason or reasons that moving from private practice to an in-house position may seem attractive, it is important for a lawyer to confine the search to companies or other organizations with a culture and values that are aligned with those of the lawyer”

John Allison

Founder of The Coach for Lawyers, LLC

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As a lawyer who enjoyed rewarding careers in private practice and then in-house with a Fortune 100 company, I am often asked by lawyers who are thinking about moving from private practice to an in-house position to discuss my experience. I would like to highlight some of my thoughts and observations in this short article.

A successful lawyer in private practice may want to consider joining a company or other organization as in-house counsel for any number of reasons. A lawyer may want to really feel a part of the client's business, or may want relief from the financial and marketing pressures of private practice, or may simply want a new challenge. Regardless of the reason or reasons that moving from private practice to an in-house position may seem attractive, it is important for a lawyer to confine the search to companies or other organizations with a culture and values that are aligned with those of the lawyer.

A lawyer who is thinking about moving in-house also needs to have at least some idea of what to expect. Conversations with friends who are practicing in a corporate legal department should help shed light on what in-house professional life is like. Private practice and in-house practice are quite different. From my personal experience, these are some of the key differences:

  • In-house lawyers really need to be accessible. Clients may be upstairs, down the hall or in the building next door. They will drop in unexpectedly when they feel they need to see their lawyer.

  • The ability to be flexible is critical. In today's fast-paced business climate, clients need and expect real-time service. Priorities and schedules change frequently. In-house lawyers have relatively little control over their schedule.

  • Clients want their in-house lawyer's best judgment, usually on the spot. In most situations there is little time to reflect or research a point.

  • Clients want to feel that their in-house lawyer is part of the business team. While lawyers have an ethical obligation to give clients independent professional legal advice, they need to communicate advice in a way that makes in-house clients feel that their lawyer is part of the team.

  • Clients want creative solutions to their business problems. Cautionary advice needs to be communicated in a way that lets the clients know that their lawyer is trying as hard as the clients are to find a workable solution to whatever the business problem may be.

Networking is probably the most effective way to find an in-house position, though job postings can also be found on various websites. A successful lawyer in private practice should approach his or her in-house job search with caution and discretion, especially if the lawyer wants to find an in-house position in the same geographic area where the lawyer is practicing or in the same industry in which the lawyer is currently representing clients. Existing clients may react negatively if they learn that one of their key lawyers is thinking about leaving the private practice; they may start sending their legal work elsewhere. Working with an executive recruiter should help reduce that risk by adding a layer of confidentiality to the lawyer's job search.


John Allison, founder of The Coach for Lawyers, LLC, is a trained professional coach with a broad and successful legal career who is committed to helping the legal profession expand its capacity to serve the real needs of clients.

© 2014 John R. Allison. All rights reserved.

News of the Forum

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  • Register before March 31 to take advantage of the early bird pricing! Since April 1st the participation fee will cost 75 750 Rub (50% extra).

  • Representatives of 29 states have already registered for the Forum.

  • St. Petersburg International Legal Forum delegate package includes exclusive evening visit to the Hermitage on June 19, 2014; evening boat trip along rivers and canals; choice of tours on June 20 and 21, 2014: City Tour, Pushkin. Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, Peterhof Gardens and Fountains. For your convenience, we ask you to apply for the excursion programme participation before June 1, 2014 via tour@spblegalforum.com.

  • We are also glad to introduce you additional tours. For your convenience, please apply for the additional excursions before June 10.

Coming in the next issue:

In the next issue of the Digest on April 9, we will present you an article on legal technology, information security and digital forensics, and interview with moderators of the Forum’s sessions in our column “Invitation from Session Chairs”.