Interview with: Adem Akkir, Attorney, Partner
What do you see as the main points that differentiate [law firm name] from your competitors?
We provide our clients with swift, high-quality, and efficient legal services by employing modern work methods incorporating technology. We are founded on integrity & honesty in all circumstances; even in the most complex situations, we maintain our candour. Sincerity characterizes our business and client relationships. We are loyal to one another and our clients. MGC Legal conducts business in a manner that is always accountable to our clients and one another. At MGC Legal, the only entity with power is the business, and because we keep the business in power, everyone is treated equally and acts according to their role to complete the task.
Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?
We see our law firm thriving in Lawsuits of Claims, Rental Disputes (Lease Determination, Rental Claim, Evacuation of the Leased), Labor Law Disputes, Divorce, Immigration Law, Disputes regarding the collection of public receivables arising from tax, Enforcement Proceedings, Disputes arising from Expropriation, Opposition to the Check Law, Dissolution of Partnership (Real Estate Law), Consumer Lawsuits in the upcoming 12-month period. The most important factor in developing these practices is high economic inflation and its consequences; effects on family, business life, and consumer area. Another factor is the war in neighboring countries, war-related uncertainties, and its negative effects on Turkey. Our clients will need our services more than ever in the most quality-driven and effective way.
What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?
Using the SalesForce CRM software as a database and a real-time social business environment has elevated the quality of our legal services. Thus, our MarCom, IT, and Legal teams collaborate effectively. Our strength is our many years of effective use of technology. We ensured a smooth transition to the legal work-from-home model during the pandemic, and there was no disruption in the flow of information to clients. The merger process with Andersen Global is another factor. With this partnership, we can provide our clients with prompt, high-quality, and efficient legal services on-site in international legal matters.
Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?
It affects the clients and us positively. Through technology, we are able to provide clients with timely and accurate reports. In addition, each data byte is stored securely on our SalesForce CRM software, enabling us to provide preventive legal assistance in the event that our clients experience legal disputes during upcoming events. This data process also increases the precision of data analysis, not to mention that this information assists our MarCom department in reaching new clients and providing the highest quality legal service possible.
Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?
Throughout the pandemic, we assisted many of our clients. With the lawsuits filed to improve the contract conditions, which had deteriorated as a result of the pandemic, the contracts were preserved, and the client’s commercial activity continued. At the time of collecting the receivables, the debtors’ collusion was terminated, and the collection of the receivables was assured. Work contracts have been adapted to pandemic conditions, and processes such as remote working and disciplinary procedures have been updated and legalized in accordance with the client employees’ remote working model.
Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?
After technological advancements or crises, regulations are implemented. Before legal regulation is issued, clients will always require strategic guidance. Thus, I can confidently assert that clients seek strategic legal advice. Consistency is another important factor for a client. Clients must entrust and secure their business with a law firm that can handle any challenge, and that only comes with familiarity and experience. The longer a law firm works with a company or a business, the more likely they are to be familiar with its inner workings; this can only occur with time. Therefore, consistency is essential in this regard. With that being said, I am certain that MGC Legal will not be among the top 10 law firms in Turkey in three years.