How Lawyers and Firms Support Displaced Ukrainian Lawyers

More than 170 guests attended the job fair on September 26, which aimed to support Ukrainian lawyers who moved to the UK after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

More than 20 major employers, including Shell, Deutsche Bank, Dentons and LexisNexis, had the opportunity to promote a wide range of roles and initiatives to more than 100 Ukrainian lawyers and collect applications for vacant positions.

Organizations in the UK have also provided practical advice and guidance, helping lawyers to understand their employment and training options.

“Today is an example of solidarity in action,” said the Law Society’s chief executive, Ian Jeffrey.

“We have brought together law firms, in-house legal teams, legal service providers, recruitment agencies, training providers and English language schools for Ukrainian lawyers to meet.”

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, delivered a powerful speech condemning Russia’s illegal invasion of his country.

He also highlighted the vital role of initiatives that address local issues faced by Ukrainian refugees, including finding employment and housing.

Jackie Griffiths, Head of Regulatory Policy at the Solicitors Regulation Authority, described the regulatory regime for overseas lawyers and explained their employment options in England and Wales.

She highlighted the open nature of the UK legal sector and the wide range of opportunities it offers.

We would like to thank Helen Savory, Associate General Counsel at Shell, and Eugenia Rebotunova, President of the British-Ukrainian Law Association, for their support in organizing the event.

We also thank the following organizations for their participation:

  • British Law Center
  • Barbri
  • Denton
  • Cleveland & Co.
  • LexisNexis
  • Blue Pencil Legal Recruitment
  • Slaughter and May
  • Obelisk Support
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • flexible legal
  • German Bank
  • Evershed Sutherland
  • British Legal Center
  • Law Society Career Clinic
  • Elevation services
  • Shell
  • Cambridge Law Studio
  • root law
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Latham and Watkins
  • Jameson Legal
  • Guildhawk

Since the event, we have ensured that all attendees can connect with each other and discuss specific roles or opportunities that interest them.