Krasnodar, 20 September – Yug Times. 12+ This week, the Imeretinsky Hotel in Sochi will reportedly be hosting the Southern Russian Legal Forum. The Yug Times asked Yuri Pustovit, a lawyer and Managing Partner of Yug Law Office, a co-organiser of the forum, to recall the history of this activity, explain about its peculiar features and significance for the southern Russian regions, and give his forecasts for the participants of the forum.
Q.: This year, the forum will be held for the eleventh time. What are its traditions and the novelty of this year’s event?
A.: Yes, it will be the 11th Southern Russian Legal Forum. We came up with its idea over a decade ago together with Glenn S. Kolleeny from Denton and Artur Eberg from Eberg, Stepanov & Partners (now – Stepanov & Aksiuk). Eleven years ago, there was a pressing need to get actively practising lawyers from various Russian regions acquainted with one another and with their colleagues from Moscow. And the Southern Russian Legal Forum became a discussion platform of the kind.
Q.: How would you define the purpose of this event?
A.: As I said, our initial aim was to acquaint lawyers from different regions with one another. Nowadays, this is not a major issue – however, even now the Forum provides understanding of the fact that regions have gifted lawyers that may be given intellectual assignments by Moscow-based and international firms. Another aim is making Krasnodar one of Russia’s legal capitals, because a lot of successful and talented lawyers work here. This is why, in our business agenda we put a special emphasis on Krasnodar province – its legal problems, peculiarities of law enforcement, and investment appeal.