UK Legal Recruiter Helps Displaced Ukraine Lawyers Find Jobs

The war in Ukraine has lead to a UK initiative to help Ukrainian lawyers displaced by the conflict to find jobs in the UK. The iniative by Fides Search was reported in UK legal blog Legal Cheek and came about from a desire to assist the displaced lawyers seeking to work in the UK, rather than to create some kind of Ukraine ‘brain drain’.

“We are not looking to brain drain or damage Ukraine,” Syed Nasser, the firm’s head of technology transactions and venture capital said.

“We feel that by helping these individuals maintain and enhance their careers, they will obviously benefit themselves in the short term but also be more valuable to the rebuild of the country and its economy when they return

Most lawyers seeking work outside of Ukraine are women, as most Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 are required by law to stay back and fight Russian forces.

Fides Search requests their CV and asks them to fill out a form providing details on where they are hoping to land and the time frames they are working towards.

When the firm places an individual only the hiring organisation pays a fee, which is usually a percentage of the salary and entirely waived in this instance.

The initiative is in the early stages of development yet Fides Search said it has a dozen CVs on file and already one lawyer interviewing for a position, plus interest from national and international law firms, one of the Big Four professional service firms, as well as in-house teams, who might require Ukrainian speakers and experts in law for work tied to the war.

Some Ukrainian law firms are also looking to redeploy their staff and Nasser told us one of his clients said this week they’re able to accommodate up to six lawyers in the UK. “We’re not asking our clients, ‘What do you need?’, rather we’re asking them, ‘What can you take?’ and we’re encouraging them to be as creative as possible”, said Nasser.

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