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Timur Bondaryev, one of the founding partners at Arzinger law firm, is a self-confessed workaholic. In the years since he opened the practice with partner Sergiy Shklyar — now a deputy minister at Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice — he admits that he hasn’t seen his family as much as he wants.

Now, at the age of 41, Bondaryev says he is looking to strike a greater balance, fencing off sport and family as “non-negotiable” when it comes to managing his time. It still doesn’t always go to plan, however, with the lawyer admitting that when it comes to work he, like others in his profession, is “a slave to his clients.”

But Bondaryev isn’t one to complain. The son of working-class parents from Luhansk, he arrived in Kyiv hungry for success.

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