A legal boutique is a small, flexible law firm with narrow specialization. After the first wave of economic crisis hit foreign companies, partners left, and a lot founded their own boutiques. Now employees of Russian companies do the same. Pravo.ru interviewed those who have left big legal consulting business to understand where they find themselves today, and what lawyers need to do to start out on their own.
In 2014, Anastasia Astashkevich was the Head of International Law Practice in "Chaadaev, Heifets and Partners" Attorneys at Law. Today she and Olga Suvorova have started their own Bureau of Attorneys. What is notable is not only the fact that "Astashkevich and Partners" is headed by two women, and this is unpeculiar for Russia, but the starting-up time as well.