Interview with: Sertel Şıracı, Partner

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Partner Atty. Sertel Şıracı explains the activities of SCH Law Firm with the focus on IT Law Team.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate [law firm name] from your competitors?

IT Law Team give supports for technology firms on their corporation & R&D center establishments in Turkey with providing consultancy on compulsory cyber security measurements. Dispute resolutions arising from copyright agreements, consultancy on developing business models, software rights and other kind of copyrights are other working fields of IT Law Team.

SCH Law Firm represent and advise R&D departments and and sometimes even legal departments of many universities, and big companies which are leading their industries. We currently serving more than 1,500 esteemed domestic and international clients, including top patent and trademark filers of Turkey, +25 well-known universities, +10 technology development zones, +40 companies with governmentally supported R&D centers.

SCH’s attorneys at law are also experienced trademark attorneys, all holding an LL.M degree on IP & IT Law from international reputed universities, with in-depth knowledge of relevant case law and recent key decisions. Some of them are also certified court experts to act during proceeding before the Specialized Turkish IP Courts. Thus, we successfully handle all legal cases before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) or the courts and also render related services as regards C&D letters, IP investigations and custom recordals.

More specifically, as IT Law services SCH Law Firm provides Turkish and EU data protection / privacy legislation compliance to the broad spectrum of firms from entrepreneurs who look for privacy by design on their software to local and foreign companies look for solution.

SCH Law Firm is one of the sub-contractor of the biggest technology firm in Turkey in its data protection /privacy services.

SCH Law Firm ’s advantages on data protection / privacy law are:

  • SCH Law Firm gives importance to governance in its offices and benefits innovative minds with its over 20 years of experiences.
  • Its multidisciplinary consultancy environment, where legal consultants meet and work IT security consultants, software developers and other professionals together in the same Team.
  • In addition for local compliance SCH Law Firm developed wecover.io software for its local and foreign counselees.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

SCH Law Firm is assertive in its education & consultancy services with its academic and multidisciplinary experience. The head of department and the partner of the IT Law Team is Sertel Şıracı, one lecturer in a University ‘s IT Law Master Program. Another lecturer Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mesut S. Çekin works with the IT Law Team in defining the consultancy steps, contents, and providing the education services. Many members of our team continue their graduate studies. SCH Law Firm has partnership with Türkisch-Deutsche Universität, and it plans to develop its educational services with digital infrastructure in this year.

The infrastructure development of Wecover is ongoing. We are planning to integrate consent management tools and other functions facilitate data controllers.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

In addition to our other statements above and belove SCH Law Firm has transported its consultancy services on the digital platform eDanisman.com.tr and in long term it focuses on to improve and develop its digital consultancy servives.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

SCH Law Firm is assertive in its education & consultancy services with its academic and multidisciplinary experience. The head of department and the partner of the IT Law Team is Sertel Şıracı, one lecturer in a University ‘s IT Law Master Program. Another lecturer Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mesut S. Çekin works with the IT Law Team in defining the consultancy steps, contents, and providing the education services. Many members of our team continue their graduate studies.

While focusing remote working process in Covid-19 Sistem Global consultancy developed digital consultancy platform edanisman.com.tr, where it transferred its education & consultancy services here.

At present for local compliance SCH Law Firm developed wecover.io software for its local and foreign counselees and other firms who services in the same area. SCH Law Firm focuses on the standardization of the Turkish data protection / privacy law compliance steps with this software, where its counselees work independently and stand on their own feet.

In addition SCH is one preferable firm especially for foreign investors who are acting as data exporters from Turkey and looking legal compliance on their international data transfers and for innovators who are looking for compliance with their ideas not to face data protection /privacy compliance risks.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

SCH Law Firm is a part of different consultancy group firms. It is the strongest alternative to big4 with providing financial, legal and R&D advisory at the same time. We focus on how to make business practical and easy witschh main ethical and legal values. Together with incentives, support and tax teams, SCH enables companies to reduce its costs. We always open to share our experiences with anyone who are interested to be our dear client while drinking a cup of coffee.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

In addition to our statements above, SCH Law Firm gives the importance of expectations of its clients and approach its services with the social responsibility awareness. SCH Law Firm endeavours to take in part in local and international projects and professional associations for its clients benefits.

SCH Law Firm already proves its adequacy with the quarter-center experience. SCH Law Firm gives importance to the self and professional improvement of its counselees. We took Great Place to Work® Certification for both the satisfaction of our clients and employees.