Areas: Corporate & Commercial
Stepan joined the firm as a trainee solicitor and successfully completed work in different practice areas required to fully qualify. First, he undertook a split seat in litigation and insolvency & restructuring. Conveyancing was next and, with a master’s degree in corporate law, he says he was delighted that his final seat was corporate and commercial.
Stepan’s efficiency, as well as his legal talent, have already been noticed by the firm’s partners and, of course, clients. His dedication has especially been impressive in one of GSC’s large-scale transactions, a £420m acquisition for a long-standing client.
Stepan is driven by deadlines. “I do everything on time, so my clients know they do not have to worry that their work will be done.” It is a trait that has served him well during his training, where Stepan has also enjoyed the cut and thrust of contentious litigation. He is valuing the breadth of experience he has gained across GSC working with Clive Halperin, Richard Curtin, Carole Joseph, Matthew Phillips, and Harvey Posener.
Qualified to practise in Russia, Stepan is available to support GSC’s Russian-speaking clientele. “As a Russian speaker, I have some understanding of clients’ needs and expectations,” he says.
Stepan loves travel. Always eager for a new road trip, he is currently planning his next adventure to northern Europe and Scandinavia.
Qualifications & Experience
Stepan attended MGIMO University (2015 LLB and 2017 LLM) and has expertise in Russian law.
He completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) with a commendation and the Master of Laws in Legal Practice (LLM LPC) with a distinction at BPP Law School in London.
Before joining GSC in 2020, Stepan worked as a paralegal for Most Law Offices in Moscow. He also interned for the Moscow Arbitration Court and worked as an interpreter for the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.
Stepan joined GSC as a trainee solicitor in 2020 qualifying in 2022. Corporate work was the last area of law in which he trained before qualifying and is the area in which he has remained.
Stepan is a native Russian speaker and has a good command of French.
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