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Vladimir Komarov on The ASEAN Law Conference 2018

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Vladimir Komarov, managing partner of Legal Studio, an associate office  of Grata International in St. Petersburg, has participated in the ASEAN Law Conference 2018, which has been held in Singapore in conjunction with the 13th ASEAN Law Association General Assembly.

The theme of The ASEAN Law Conference was “The Power of ONE: Unlocking Opportunities in ASEAN through Law”, and the vision for the Conference was for it to be a world-class legal conference focused on thought-leadership issues relevant to ASEAN, with particular emphasis on cross-border commercial and legal issues in the ASEAN Economic Community (“AEC”).

The list of speakers has included ministry officials, Supreme Court judges, law professors from various ASEAN universities, managing partners of international law firms and so on. Apart from eminent speakers and panellists from the ASEAN region, the Conference has  also featured speakers from non-ASEAN countries such as Professor J,H,H Weiler (Professor at NYU), Mr David W. Rivkin (Immediate Past President of the International Bar Association), and Ms Hilarie Bass (President of the American Bar Association).

After Conference Vladimir has continued the business visit to our partners: law firms in  Manila.

Vladimir Komarov became the arbitrator at the ICAC at the RF CCI

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Managing Partner Law Firm «Legal Studo» Vladimir Komarov, was appointed arbitrator for  internal (Russian residents) disputes at the ICAC ( International Commercial Arbitration Court) at the RF CCI (Chamber of Commerce and Industry) (Order of June 4, 2018). http://mkas.tpprf.ru/en/ 

On November 1, 2017, the transitional period of the reform of arbitration proceedings in Russia was completed. From that moment on, it is up to the institutions that were set up under non-profit organizations and received special permission to administer the arbitration itself, that is, to elect and appoint arbitrators, and conduct office work.

In Russia to date, there are only four such arbitration Institute. The ICAC at the RF CCI is included in this list.

The reform of the arbitration in the Russian Federation allows us to bring the system of Russian arbitration to the world standards.

International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation http://mkas.tpprf.ru/en/  (ICAS)  - the leading permanent arbitration institution in Russia, which administers mainly international commercial arbitration, the assignee of the Foreign Trade Arbitration Commission, formed under the All-Union Trade Ward in 1932. The ICAC is one of the largest and most authoritative arbitration centers in the world, recognized by both domestic and foreign entrepreneurs.

Since 1999, the ICAC is a member of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutes (IFASI).

In 2017 the ICAC turned 85 years old. In total, over 10,000 cases have been considered over the years.

More details on the competence of the ICAC can be found here http://mkas.tpprf.ru/en/kompetentsiya/ 

Team Legal Studio - GRATA International took part in the charitable run of lawyers "SPb Legal Run"

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Team Legal Studio - GRATA International took part in the charity run  "SPb Legal Run 2017" at 5 km distance. The race was held in the Central Park of Culture and Rest on the Elagin Island.

International Charity Run of Lawyers Legal Run 2017 is a unique fundraising project that brings together representatives of the professional community of lawyers from around the world in support of the charity fund "Give Life". Over the previous years in Russia, the project was able to collect 6 million 300 thousand rubles, which spent to the treatment of 22 seriously ill children. This year, thanks to the participants of the race, it was possible to raise 827,000 rubles.

Pavel Balyuk took the third place in the spring ranking "Lawyer of the Season" of the newspaper "Delovoy Peterburg"

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The newspaper Delovoy Peterburg summed up the results of the 20th ranking of lawyers. Pavel Balyuk lawyer of the law firm Legal Studio (already having the title of lawyer in autumn 2016) took the third place with a case for recovery of court expenses.

In the arbitration process, under contractual agreements in favor of our client, a penalty in the amount of 521,240 rubles was collected. Due to the complexity and lengthy process (14 court sessions), examination and appeal, the cost of the services rendered by our firm amounted to 560 520 rubles. We filed an application for recovery of court expenses. Services were paid on the basis of a report on actual labor costs, in connection with which, in the first hearing, the court requested a justification for the reasonableness of hourly rates and confirmation of the hours spent on each action from the report.

To confirm the reasonableness of the hourly rates, we sent inquiries to several legal companies that provided their hourly rates. We express our gratitude to colleagues who helped us at that moment. 

Our company uses the electronic platform Pyrus, which allows you to track the execution of orders and take into account the time worked. To confirm the time, we prepared printouts from the electronic platform. In addition, they submitted an official letter from the developers, according to which their task book does not provide for the possibility of editing records and their creation by an arbitrary date.

Based on the evidence, the court found the hourly rates to be reasonable and reasonable, and the actions indicated in the report are confirmed and do not cause doubts. As a result, on March 28, 2017, court expenses in the amount of 503 022 rubles were collected in favor of our client, which amounted to 90% of the initial claims.

Legal Studio and GRATA International announced the signing of a Memorandum of Association

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May 18 at the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum law firm Legal Studio and international law firm GRATA International announced the signing of a memorandum of association. Under the agreement, the companies will conduct joint projects and clients that have interests both in Russia and in foreign jurisdictions, including the CIS and Eastern Europe. Clients of Legal Studio get an access to a wide range of new services that will provide services not only within the traditional for the company practices, but also attract highly qualified partners.