Solidarity among lawyers

By Camille FratiLex Kleren Switch to French for original article

Four months after the start of the Russian invasion, solidarity among lawyers in Luxembourg takes shape and some have already recruited Ukrainian refugees.

On February 24, the Russian offensive in Ukraine came as a shock not only to its inhabitants but also to the European continent. Diplomatic protests were joined by messages of support from professions that have long maintained strong and constant links across borders. Thus, two days after the Russian army stormed into Ukraine, the Luxembourg Bar Council published a statement of indignation in which it "expresses its solidarity with the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian bar, its lawyers, Ukrainian judges and the legal community of Ukraine in the broadest sense".

This solidarity is also expressed by law firms. International law firms are quick to issue their own message of support, from Linklaters to Allen & Overy to Clifford Chance, to name but a few in Luxembourg. While the firms are primarily focused on compliance with the sanctions against the Russian Federation – clients and any involvement with a Russian entity must be reviewed – they are also concerned about their partners in the Russian and Ukrainian offices. "Many international firms have closed their offices in Russia", recalls Magali Maillot, director of human resources at Allen & Overy. "We are also following this path, closing our operations in Moscow and doing our best to find the best solution for our colleagues living there."

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