Interview with: N. Korhan Şengün, M.A. , Founding Partner
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What do you see as the main points that differentiate Şengün & Partners from your competitors?
We believe that anything not based on philosophy cannot survive. Law is not only a compilation of rules; it is a living establishment that is affected by socio-economic and political developments. The logic of dealing with current global and local law is to take these developments into consideration. It has been observed that clients, when approached with this attitude, are enlightened to the widest extent and are able to gain an extensive perspective on the settlement of the legal issue.
We believe that it is vital for our attorneys to be specialized in their respective field through further development and training. Both in our country and across the world, as in everything else, law also undergoes continuous changes. We argue that each field of law constitutes an integral part within the changing world, thus, we emphasize that all our attorneys acquire knowledge and experience in other areas of law in addition to their current field of specialization.
Finally, we believe that each country has its own distinct culture, investment environment and different human relations. It would be illogical to assume local factors will not affect the application of law. Therefore, we are well aware of the social and political nature of our country and always aim to take actions accordingly in order to provide tailor made solutions to our clients in practice of law.
Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?
In Turkey, the discussions regarding women’s rights, environmental awareness, energy generation, technology, protection of personal data and animal rights are becoming more important and developing. As a matter of course, artificial intelligence law has also been a new area of interest. Each country acts at a different pace in these matters. Globally speaking, China and the USA are leading the way in this respect. The gradually increasing gap between these countries will accelerate the drifting away of the cultures from each other, making people even more unfamiliar with each other’s cultures and lives. Right at this stage, legal professionals have many important duties. Indeed, persons obtaining legal education, which is an education that is full of challenges in every country, and practitioners as legal professionals will naturally be equipped with a higher level of education and competence compared to laypersons. As a result of these characteristics, lawyers are in a position to establish, improve and develop the relations between the people of their country and nationals of other countries, thus they also act as voluntary communication ambassadors.
I believe that the most important issue of the future will be communication. In a world where language translations are performed by artificial intelligence; even our profession will be effected by this era. The ones who are capable of building bridges between the old generation and the new will be the ones that are the most sought after. We believe that, lawyers will fill this communication gap by giving priority to psychological needs in their dispute management. As a team, we practice law based on this philosophy.
What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?
Since law can only be considered as a whole, all its counterparts should be in harmony with each other. Interpreting cases based on a single area of law or a single court decision by neglecting such connections will inevitably cause erroneous results. In order to pinpoint the most suitable and correct solution for each case, one is required to have knowledge and experience in each area of law rather than mere specialization in a single area. We attach importance to act as a team and to embrace our partners as well as any legal professional with significant experience and knowledge. This change enables our clients to comprehend their problems from all different points of view, enabling us to provide them with multi-dimensional and wide range of solutions focusing on every aspect, by using our experience and knowledge of over thirty years.
Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?
Although technology is crucial for us, we also put a lot of emphasis on confidentiality. Confidentiality is a sensitive area for both our clients and our Firm. Therefore, we are aware that technology may lead to exposures to cyber-attacks and that data may suddenly disappear or end up in wrong hands. Physical back-up and cyber security are essential to the Firm. We acknowledge the technological needs of our clients and act based on a principle of confidentiality to satisfy such needs, including teleconferences and all other platforms we use.
Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?
We are committed to holding meetings with our clients, listening to them personally, understanding their expectations, and establishing systems or improving their existing systems accordingly. Each client is unique and thus each client has different needs. Some of our clients attach importance to the establishment of a preventive law system, while some clients consider it important to inspect whether their existing system runs smoothly or not. We draft a specific roadmap for each client, support them during preparative processes and determine failing aspects of the system. This enables our clients to see their deficiencies and add value to their firms in terms of developing their businesses from the perspective of law.
Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?
Each client has a particular character or corporate culture and as a result, such factors change each client’s expectations. Indeed, changes may occur on both sides; either on the client’s side or on the Firm’s side. That being said, we are confident that we know each of our clients thoroughly and ensure that our clients stay in continuous communication with a particular attorney as much as possible. We also maintain and convey the organizational memory of our firm and commit ourselves to sustainability and stability of relations.
Strategic guidance on the other hand is something that each client expects from their lawyer. A skilled lawyer not only knows legal rules but also understands how a certain set of legal rules apply in a specific case. Establishing such connections could only be achieved by experience and extensive insight. Therefore, our law firm attaches importance to the complex and profound philosophy of the legal profession.
In the three year-time-period, our expectation is to meet more lawyers with knowledge and experience, and to ensure a gradual increase in the quality of service we provide to our ever-increasing number of clients. In addition, it is also important for us to improve corporate satisfaction of our lawyers. We know for a fact that if lawyers are not happy to work within the workplace, it will be less desirable for clients to work with the Firm. Our goal is to continue pursuing the same path by always respecting human effort and reflecting this view to other law firms in order to become a role model.