Event Overview


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Would you like to:

  • Reduce write-offs while doing legal work within a fixed budget (fixed fees, capped fees, hard estimates etc.) expected by clients these days?
  • Manage a more predictable flow of legal work so that you and your colleagues can enjoy some work-life-balance?
  • Enjoy more what you do best - the legal work at the heart of a matter - instead of doing low-value work such as chasing after other people, putting out fires or dealing with last-minute surprises?
  • Provide better client service by being able to ask clients high-value questions about their goals, concerns and expectations at the beginning of a matter, thus being able to tailor your advice to their specific risks and expectations (no “overlawyering”)?
  • Establish and maintain closer client relationships by finding ways to evaluate your work with them regularly and in a structured way?

If your answer is “yes” to any of the above questions, your place is at the AIJA SCILL Law Practice Management conference in Sofia.

Where ancient meets modern and tradition blends with innovation – Sofia (derived from the word “wisdom” in Greek (σοφία)) is the perfect venue to talk about managing the legal business of tomorrow. A city dating back to 7000 BC, Sofia is currently a vibrant, rapidly evolving destination, which offers booming opportunities for networking, learning and development. The Bulgarian capital fascinates with enchanting historic buildings, Roman remains and great urban parks, sparked up by newfangled corporate and commercial developments. A thriving cultural hotspot, with dynamic nightlife and the home to inspiring internationally recognized startups, Sofia is an increasingly preferred spot for young people and for businesses. As the perfect expression of a bridge between the past and the future, Sofia will be the host of AIJA’s “How to effectively manage a legal business (of tomorrow)?”.

We will learn about Legal Project Management, which is a toolbox for managing legal matters – any legal matter, regardless of the size or area of your legal practice. Every legal matter is a project by definition (“a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result” according to the Project Management Institute). The toolbox is scalable: use just the basic tools for small matters and the whole toolbox for more complex legal matters. We will learn to apply carefully selected and proven project management techniques to legal matters in order to scope projects, engage stakeholders, lead successful teams, plan tasks, draft budgets and manage the work within such budget, track progress and manage risks. LPM helps lawyers to increase client value (“more for less”) and establish close client relationships, thereby to achieve their business goals with regard to retaining clients and protecting profitability.

We will learn from the best: With over 20 years of experience as a lawyer, Marion Ehmann is an LPM expert and trainer certified as Legal Project Practitioner by the Internal Institute of Legal Project Management (www.iilpm.com) and has been training lawyers (both law firm and in-house) in the field since 2014. She is a lecturer for LPM at the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law at the University St. Gallen, and she will run most of the program. We will also have 2 panels of experienced AIJA members and alumni sharing their personal experience.

AIJA Commissions involved
  • Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL)


How to effectively manage a legal business (of tomorrow)?



Both cocktail and dinner are included in the registration fees

Address: Aksakov street 18, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

With the support of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co., Bulgaria


09:00 - 09:15

Wiebe de Vries, AIJA President, BloomTax B.V., the Netherlands
09:15 - 09:30

Orsolya Görgényi, Honorary AIJA President, Vice President of the AIJA SCILL Commission, Szecskay Attorneys at Law, Hungary
09:30 - 11:00

Marion Ehmann, kiMEru Coaching & Consulting AB, Sweden
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00

Marion Ehmann, kiMEru Coaching & Consulting AB, Sweden
13:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 16:00

Marion Ehmann, kiMEru Coaching & Consulting AB, Sweden
16:00 - 16:30

16:30 - 18:00

Orsolya Görgényi, Szecskay Attorneys at Law, Hungary
Martine Hoogendoorn, Doorn en Keizer B.V., the Netherlands
Sonia Gumpert Melgosa, MMMM, Spain
Philippe Bärtsch, Schellenberg Wittmer, Switzerland
Václav Audes, Havel & Partners, Czech Republic
20:00 - 23:00

Included in the registration fees

Address: Oborishte street 9b, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

Not included in the registration fees, payable locally

Sense Bar, address: Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard 16, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

09:00 - 10:30

Marion Ehmann, kiMEru Coaching & Consulting AB, Sweden
10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:30

Marion Ehmann, kiMEru Coaching & Consulting AB, Sweden
12:30 - 14:00

Stepan Holub, Holubová advokáti, Czech Republic
Thierry Aballea
, Ewen Law, France
Giuseppe Cristiano, De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, Italy
Michiel Groenland, Groenland Counsel, the Netherlands
Alexandra Ologu, Sioufas & Associates, Romania
14:00 - 15:30

16:00 - 20:00

Not included in the registration fees, payable in advance

Further details on the programme to follow shortly.

Not included in the registration fees, payable in advance

Address: kv. Dragalevtsi, Park Vitosha, Sofia, Bulgaria

Fees & General Info

There are currently no registration fees available.

General terms and conditions

By registering you have to accept the general terms and conditions and accept that your registration is considered binding immediately, but participation to the event is possible only after full payment of the registration fee.

Please note that any arrangements related to the participation of the participant in an AIJA event, including but not limited to booking or cancellation of accommodation or flights, as well as respecting the cancellation deadlines indicated in the general terms and conditions, are the sole responsibility of the participant. AIJA shall not be held liable for any expenses the participant may suffer as the result of participant’s failure to comply with his/her obligations.

It is recommended for each participant to purchase a cancellation and travel insurance.

Please note that in-house counsel registrations are subject to review and confirmation by AIJA. AIJA considers in-house counsel professionals who hold a university degree in law allowing access to a bar association and practicing law as an in-house counsel in private, public, or non-profit companies, institutions or organisations. Please note that in-house counsel who are at the same time active as fee-earning lawyers or consultants are not eligible to the discounted in-house counsel fee.

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If you are a lawyer under 35 years old and meet the requirements, apply to our Scholarship Programme for this event. You can check more details here.

Practical Information




Please book your room at the Hotel InterContinental Sofia following this link.

Please note that reservations as well as cancellations are accepted prior to 28 May 2018.

Organising Committee

Orsolya GÖRGÉNYI Szecskay Attorneys at Law (HUNGARY)
Veronika HADJIEVA Kambourov & Partners Attorneys at Law (BULGARIA)
Stepan HOLUB Holubová advokáti s.r.o. (CZECH REPUBLIC)


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