Rostov Institute of Protection of Businessman, Faculty of Law (Diploma with honors).

Lloyd's Maritime Academy, London, Certificate in Ship Arrest.

Professional activity:

Inna has been practising Law since 2000.

At the beginning of her career, Inna was a bailiff and executor of justice in the branch of court bailiff in Rostov-on-Don. Inna worked as a lead professional of the department of the protection of the interests in the Main Department of the Ministry of Justice of Russian Federation. Inna also has a work experience as a legal counsel in the Department of litigation in the South-Western Bank of Sberbank.

Inna has been practising as attorney at law since 2004.

Nowadays Inna is a Partner the Head of Maritime Practice in a Law Firm “Stepanov and Aksuk”.


-    External economic activity

-    Customs Law

-    Maritime Law


Area of legal practice:

-    legal support of vessels’ purchase and sale transactions, registration of vessels;

-    support of legal disputes in Russia and abroad;

-    arrests and detention of vessels, ensuring of Russian and foreign claims, including claims asserted in the arbitration court (arbitration);

-    dispute resolution between the ship-owner and the crew;

-    registration of sea-going ships and river-marine vessels and rights on them.

-    consulting and assistance in negotiations with law enforcement authorities and other state bodies;

-    representation in customs disputes;

-    legal support of disputes in foreign courts and arbitrations;

-    confession and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards;

-    representation of ship-owners in case of illegal actions of customs authorities in relation to vessels which were repaired abroad.


Membership in organisations:

Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association.



Inna has been singled out for a personal reference from the international legal rating «The Legal 500», nomination “Transport”. A particular focus is made by prestigious international rating “Chambers Europe”  on maritime practice headed by Inna in Law Firm “Stepanov and Aksuk”.

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  • legal support of transactions with participation of Russian and foreign shipping companies for the sale of sea vessels and river-marine vessels, floating objects, registration of transactions and rights on them in Russian and foreign registries, the registration of encumbrances in the register of ships;
  • all-in-one legal support of activities of the international Agency company in all Russian ports.
  • protection of interests of the international survey company from claims of customers for the compensation of damage under international contracts;
  • protection of the interests of the ship owner in administrative cases, commenced by the customs and border guard authorities;
  • support of legal disputes of foreign and Russian ship owners, cargo owners with the customs authorities;
  • support of the legal dispute (in cooperation with a foreign law firm) between foreign and Russian companies (ship owners, charterers, cargo owners, exporters) in foreign courts and arbitrations;
  • provision of the lawsuits that were filed in foreign courts and arbitrations via the Russian arbitration courts;
  • recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards with the foreclosure of the debtor's property and with the enforcement process;
  • representation of the international company that imports goods to Russia in disputes with the customs (correction of the customs value, classification of goods, and administrative offences);
  • representation of foreign and Russian companies in Russian arbitration courts in disputes related to breaching of foreign economic contracts;
  • maritime arrest of the vessel, the foreclosure of the vessel, the realization and registration of the ship purchased at the auction;
  • advisory work for the foreign Bank, assistance in the evidence gathering, preparation of legal opinions on the issues of the scrap metal export and Russian companies’ fraud against foreign banks;
  • preparation of legal opinions for arbitrators of foreign arbitration courts under the Russian law.

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Partner, Attorney at law