CEELMDirect Profile Pick: A series of interviews with Premium profile-holders on the CEELMDirect legal directory. Today’s interview: Robert Bachovski Sinkoli, Managing Partner at Bachovski Sinkoli Attorneys in North Macedonia.
CEELMDirect: Hi Robert, and thanks for speaking with us. Let's start at the beginning. What led you into the law in the first place?
Bachovski Sinkoli: In a few words, creativity in problem solving was the primary reason that led me into law. Being an attorney was the second, as in my view that is the profession in the legal sphere that requires the most creativity. It involves finding a certain argumented solution and presenting it to a judge, your client, or some other authority.
More extensively, when considering a career in law, there were a few other factors that influenced my decision-making process.
Lawyers play a vital role in society by helping individuals and organizations navigate the legal system and protect their rights. As a lawyer, you could work in a variety of settings, including private law firms, corporations, non-profits, or government agencies. Depending on their areas of expertise, lawyers may be involved in litigation, negotiations, contracts, or advising clients on legal matters. A career in law can be very rewarding, but it can also be demanding and challenging. It is important to think and to find the field of endeavor enjoyable, as that may be the most crucial point in the legal career and the key to success as a lawyer. It should be noted that being comfortable working long hours, under pressure, and in a very competitive environment is a prerequisite to being a lawyer.
A law degree is a versatile and valuable asset that can open doors to many career paths. Many lawyers go on to work in the private sector – as I do – but there are also opportunities in the public sector, with non-profits and other organizations. Also, there are many different specializations within the field of law, such as criminal law, corporate law, intellectual property law, family law, etc.
Overall, the path to becoming a lawyer is a long one, but being passionate about reaching a solution to a certain legal situation and being willing to work hard can be extremely rewarding.
CEELMDirect: What was your favorite course and professor in law school?
Bachovski Sinkoli: My favorite subject in law school was International Private Law, particularly international dispute resolution cases focusing on alternative dispute resolution. Nowadays, I am keen on IP, Competition, and M&A-related cases. In terms of favorite professor, I’d rather not name anyone…
CEELMDirect: Now out of law school, and practicing as a lawyer: What was the first successful client matter you led personally?
Bachovski Sinkoli: My first independent successful case involved serving as lead counsel in an IP dispute. While I had the relevant theoretical knowledge, debating my clients’ arguments in front of a judge and eventually succeeding was a frightening – and at the same time exciting – experience.
CEELMDirect: OK, something light. When important clients (or prospective clients) come to visit you in Skopje, what restaurant do you like to take them to most, and why?
Bachovski Sinkoli: There are plenty of nice restaurants in Skopje, and probably visiting any of the restaurants in the wider central area would not be a mistake. Personally, I’d adjust the choice depending on if the client is familiar with Balkan cuisine or not. In the majority of situations my choice was and probably would be Pelister, a relaxed restaurant offering various high-end quality dishes, a mix of Mediterranean cuisine.
CEELMDirect: If you were to pursue any profession other than the law, what would it be?
Bachovski Sinkoli: I cannot imagine being in any other profession than the law.
CEELMDirect: And finally, what firm social event or retreat have you enjoyed most over the years?
Bachovski Sinkoli: Any of the team-building events are my favorite firm social events. Whether those are social games, a trip, or something else, all of them are great. Team-building events can be beneficial for companies because they can help to improve communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills among team members. These events can also help to build trust and foster a sense of teamwork and unity within the company. Additionally, team-building events can be fun and enjoyable for employees, which can lead to higher morale and a more positive work environment.
CEELMDirect: Sounds good. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us, and continued success in 2023 and beyond!