St. Petersburg Legal Summit
May 2022

St. Petersburg Legal Summit

The Future of Education and Risks for Business. Andrey Kozlov and Kirill Ermolenko spoke at the St. Petersburg Legal Summit.

The first day of the summit was devoted to the topic of legal education. 

At the Erarta Museum, law students and professors talked to employers. Experts discussed new educational formats and requirements of innovative industries for young professionals. Andrei Kozlov, attorney at law and managing partner at Gofstein & Partners, participated in the discussion about the challenges that university graduates will soon face. The founder of the firm’s education department, he began with an unexpected suggestion: to forget the meaning of the word “lawyer. Andrei urged session participants not to limit themselves to traditional views of the profession, not to be afraid to dive into something new – and never to stop in the constant process of self-education. “To live through an experience is to open the door to the future,” he stressed. He also reminded that our rapidly changing world calls for new individual professional strategies, and those are more easily and successfully formed within complex game learning formats.

 Another discussion was devoted to painless conflict resolution in business. Kirill Ermolenko, a partner at Gofstein & Partners, reminded that the foundation of a healthy business partnership lies in written agreements and fixation of all negative scenarios. After all, the causes of most failures are often the partners’ inflated expectations of each other. Kirill advised businesses to undergo timely “legal checkup”, which would allow to identify and eliminate these risks before they turn into serious consequences


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