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28 april 2016

VMP Vlasova, Mikhel and Partners acted as the General Partner of the ”Best Legal Department-2016” and spoke at Law Spring-2017 Congress

For the fourth time VMP Vlasova, Mikhel & Partners acted as the General Partner of "The Best Legal Departments-2016", a professional competition among corporate lawyers. In jury were the most authoritative experts in law, practicing lawyers and legal advisers, heads of legal departments of ministries, winners of previous competitions. This year the managing partner Konstantin Mikhel was an expert of “The Best Legal Departments”  on behalf of the VMP. Among the participants of the competition were such companies as Mary Kay, Belagro, Human Systems, Lamoda.by, AutoPromSpedition (APS), Life and others.

Traditionally, the results of the contest were summed up at the Annual International Legal Congress Law Spring, which was held on April 21, 2017 and ended with the Award Ceremony of the Best Legal Departments in Belarus - 2016.

The Congress itself has already established itself as a landmark platform for corporate lawyers in Belarus to exchange experience, discuss problems and tasks that arise before the legal services of enterprises and their leaders, and successfully and effectively resolve issues of concern to all lawyers.

The key topics of the congress were:

  • Recent challenges of the legal profession.
  • Criminally-legal risks of business.
  • Technology in legal work (LegalTech).
  • Structuring work of the legal department under design method.
  • The work of the legal department to prevent risks.
  • Management of the legal department.

One of the novelties of the Congress was the Legal Technologies section, and exhibition  Legaltech-2017, where modern technologies and methods were presented for solving the tasks facing legal services: information and legal systems, services for counterparty checking, software for automation of accounting processes, personnel programs , etc.

Representatives of the leading legal departments of Belarus, representatives of Russian companies became speakers of the International Congress of Legal Services LawSpring-2017, and colleagues from Lithuania and Latvia also took an active part in the work of the congress.

Konstantin Mikhel moderated the session"The work of the legal department: preempting risks" and spoke on the topic "T-shape in-house: transformation of approaches". At the present stage, the business requires the formation of a new "shape" of an in-house (corporate) lawyer, the so-called "T-shaped lawyer of the 21st century", combining legal practice experience and strategic business thinking. The modern concept of risk management assumes deep involvement of lawyers in projects implemented by companies, as well as obtaining special knowledges in the field of strategic risk management. It is also necessary to implement an effective risk management system in relation to the legal function. Such a system should include determining of the list of legal risks of the company, the development of risk management strategy, the allocation of responsibility for risk management and the developing tools for such management, as well as periodic monitoring and internal control and audit procedures.

VMP senior partner, Liliya Vlasova, held a master class on mediation "Business game: identifying the interests to reach an agreement" focused on mediation technics to avoid unnecessary disagreements and disputes in negotiations.

The event, organized by the  journal "Jurist", was very successful, dynamic and received many positive reviews.