Leon Glikman – professional debater
In Äripäev’s lifestyle magazine Gentleman, a thorough article about Leon Glikman was published. Leon Glikman, an attorney-at-law, is a bashful man of principle, who most of all values privacy. He likes Buddhist countries, hates the violation of fundamental rights, is skeptical of bringing in immigrants, enjoys weird music and drives a motorcycle.
“Glikman really enjoys the countries of Far East and South-East Asia, where the weather is warm, people are friendly, history interesting and food delicious. He always rents a motorcycle during the trip, enjoying the adventure alone, visiting all the places he likes,” writes Äripäev’s magazine Gentleman on 29th of May.
Even though Glikman has had his own motorcycle in Estonia for more than ten years – a childhood dream come true – the moody weather here decreases the joy of riding, the roads here are not so good, as well.
“The speed, you hear all the sounds of nature, smells… You’re free. It is enjoyable despite of our crazy speed limits,” Glikman describes the magic of motorcycle ride, which is one of many stress reducers he uses.
Speed limits create resentfulness in him. In Germany, he rents a car and where there are no speed limits “gives his best”. After that he feels good. He would also like to own a sports car, if he lived in Germany where there are proper highways.
In Estonia, he drives a comfortable Japanese jeep, because the roads here do not withstand any criticism, it is only important that in winter, the car could go through the snowy roads. Glikman confirms that he does not dream of a luxury car – in Estonia, one must be practical.
What concerns him is the fact that the flights to Far East and South-East Asia are almost unobtainable in Estonia, which means staying a night in Helsinki or drive to Latvia, from where it is much easier to travel onwards. “The situation is depressing. I know many who have given up on investing here, because they do not want to change flights three times or pay enormous amounts of money for the tickets. Elsewhere the flying is cheaper, it’s only expensive here,” says Glikman, who is not a snobbish man.
He wants to travel from one place to another quickly, agreeing to use low-cost carriers and staying in low-budget hotels. “When I travel alone and on a motorcycle, the level of the hotel doesn’t really matter. At work trips and beach vacations, I always prefer a better hotel,” he specifies. When having a holiday in Myanmar, he doesn’t care which hotel he stays in, he doesn’t need a gourmet restaurant. He is a person who values fulsomeness.
He likes to wander around in extreme places, where most would not feel safe. On the other hand, Glikman loves calm and soothing Japan. “Almost everything is good in Japan. It’s a country where no-one has managed to get on my nerves yet. Everyone is extremely polite and friendly.”
Having time off is almost like a sinGlikman thinks that the inability to relax is one of the reasons why people die relatively young. Last time in Israel, the honorary consul of which Glikman is in Estonia, he realized while visiting friends that in Israel you don’t need to make a phone call on Friday night to make sure whether the agreed meeting is still taking place or not. “There is a favorite
restaurant where everybody gathers, everybody is joking, drinking wine, eating. We don’t have such a tradition. Everyone is worried that the next day they should be burning the waste or moving things from the garage to the holiday house,” Glikman colorfully describes the way of thinking he is not comfortable with. “I see this and I feel sad. People doing this do not look very happy, either.”
The average Estonian rests while doing repair works, gardening. “Awful. If you really like it – fine, but I’ve also seen that when they are not doing anything like that, they are like on charcoal, because they feel bad – they should be doing something, but no-one is telling them to. I have never understood that. The same thing is with very rich people as well, who could hire a quality staff for that. I do not want to do anything that remotely reminds me of work during my free time,” admits Glikman, who stubbornly avoids working in the home office during the weekend, unless a finish of a process is close. On a typical day off, he works out, goes out with a friend to eat or have a beer. “We walk, visit someone, maybe there’s a jazz concert somewhere…”
He laughs that lack of resting is one of the few things where our people can’t blame the state. But the attitude of Estonians, where the word “must” dominates may originate from the Soviet times, where everything had to be made with own hands, and unnecessary things had to be collected just in case they are needed one day. The latter can be considered as sort of work, recognizes Glikman. “I know people who do not keep their cars in the garage. They scrape the windows of the car in the winter, but keep their Soviet stuff in the garage at the same time. These people themselves are pleasant and normal,” wonders Glikman, calling the behavior of such type of people as Moskvitš-syndrome. “They try to bring the old Moskvitš back to life, but they can’t. It takes up room and it isn’t nice to look at.”
Glikman quickly adds that everyone should live as they like. There’s not point in judging people. If everyone would be the same, life would be boring. No authority should even glance at private property. Glikman thinks it’s wrong when people who don’t keep their home yards neat, are being fined. “It’s nobody’s business what a person does in their home.”
He deplores puritanical manifestations in politics
On work days, Leon Gikman relieves tension by working out in gym, swimming and riding a bicycle in the nature, reading books or watching arthouse films. During the weekends and vacations he relaxes, enjoys good food and quality alcohol – his favorites are red wines from the “new world” and Israel, also Scottish whiskies.
“I believe that enjoying such free time is not bad. Unfortunately, in politics puritanical manifests have appeared, for example excise duties on alcohol higher than European average, one of the lowest allowed blood alcohol level in driving a motor vehicle or small boat, considering a picnic with a glass of wine as misdemeanor and so on,” he says.
The tax burden has taken us so far that compared to average people in Romania and Bulgaria, who are considered to be poorer than us, most of Estonians cannot afford a bottle of wine at a restaurant. “Unfortunately it is forgotten that tourists come to a country with a cooler and cheaper life,” Glikman notes.
Leon Glikman participated in EBS’s Executive MBA program’s legal themed lecture series as guest lecturer
Leon Glikman: the matter of immigrants should be put to referendum
he matter of accepting immigrants should be put to referendum, finds Leon Glikman, attorney-at-law. “Forcing the immigrants on a poor country like Estonia is immoral, as the country is not able to meet the needs of its own citizens struggling under the tax burden,” he said.
Leon Glikman’s chapter in the book “Statute of Limitations in International Commercial Claims“
Leon Glikman analyzes limitation periods valid in Estonia.
Leon Glikman: The everlasting worry about the protection of fundamental rights
Leon Glikman writes about fundamental rights in Eesti Päevaleht and why it is so important to protect them, finding that “Inexpert statements, as “I have nothing to hide” and “no one can blame the innocent” are very common and used for justifying the toleration of wire-tapping.”
Leon Glikman: Sometimes it must be allowed to pay a bribe
Another angle of bribe: Companies are bound to communicate with officials in their comfort zone in order to develop their economic activities.
Leon Glikman: Why I’m not requesting the authorization for state secrecy
Why I’m not requesting the authorization for state secret? Attorney-at-law does not risk with the professional secrecy.
Leon Glikman: Administration ofjustice from another planet
Leon Glikman talks about administration of justice: I’ve often been asked if it’s worth protecting one’s rights in court and my answer has always been “yes”.
Kredex Krediidikindlustuse AS wins in Circuit Court
Leon Glikman was appointed as conciliator to the ICSID by the Republic of Estonia.
Leon Glikman comments on money laundering and the prevention of terrorism on the edition of "Äripäev"
Leon Glikman commented the options of recovery on the example of major bancruptcy cases he has advised
Leon Glikman commented the options of recovery on the example of major bancruptcy cases he has advised.
Chambers Global awarded GLIKMAN ALVIN the highest ranking
Chambers Global, one of the most prestigious law firm publications in the world, has again provided Law Firm GLIKMAN ALVIN with the highest assessment.
GLIKMAN ALVIN sucessfully acted for AS KredEx Krediidikindlustus in a large insurance dispute with an Estonian manufacturer of glazed fascades
GLIKMAN ALVIN sucessfully acted for AS KredEx Krediidikindlustus in a large insurance dispute with an Estonian manufacturer of glazed fascades.The quantum of the dispute was close to €14 million and ended in all claims against our client being rejected.
We have been shortlisted for the European Tax Award and recognized as a top-tier firm by The Legal 500
Attorney at law Leon Glikman will give a speech on 25th May 2017 at the Tallinn's Economy Forum which is organised by Äripaev's Russian edition Delovõje Vedomosti
Leon Glikman`s comment in daily business news of the 22nd of June 2017 on the construction of guest apartments
Estonian daily business news newspaper „Äripäev“ asked attorney-at-law Leon Glikman to comment on the recent issue that arose in Nõmme regarding the construction of guest apartments.
Leon Glikman addressed the negative effects of state intervention in his speech at the Tallinn Business Forum
Legal 500 finds Glikman Alvin LEVIN top-tier law firm, legal advisor
According to the latest Legal 500 update for Estonia, Glikman Alvin LEVIN stands out in four practice areas: Corporate, Commercial and M&A, Dispute Resolution and Tax, where the firm is recognised as a top-tier legal advisor.