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Lawyers and Russian clients – critical issues to remember.


The UK government has imposed restrictions on UK lawyers acting for Russian clients as part of its sanction regime.

Here are the key points:

  1. A new law introduced on 29 June 2023 prevents UK lawyers from advising Russian companies in certain business deals. This includes trade deals between global corporations or international money lending.
  2. The law is designed to stop Russia from benefiting economically from the UK’s world-leading legal expertise.
  3. The new rules extend existing regulations on Russia using UK legal professionals to facilitate certain commercial activity which benefits the country.
  4. The government’s financial sanctions regime also includes a ban on providing trust services to those connected with Russia.

These measures are part of the UK’s efforts to increase economic pressure on Russia. It’s crucial for UK lawyers to fully understand these restrictions and comply with them to avoid potential legal consequences.



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