Employment in Russia

ALRUD Law Firm

The team at ALRUD Law Firm handles the full gamut of labour and cross-border mobility matters for global companies running operations throughout Russia and major domestic corporate clients who are active internationally. Practice head Irina Anyukhina has particular expertise in M&A-related restructurings and complex HR compliance issues. Of counsel Olga Pimanova regularly advises on employee remuneration and incentive programmes, and senior associate Margarita Egiazarova is the key contact for every stage of the labour litigation process, from out-of-court conflict settlement to the representation of clients in the highest courts. Of counsel Anastasia Petrova leverages her cybersecurity expertise to assist with data protection issues and digital HR projects.

Practice head(s):

Irina Anyukhina

Other key lawyers:

Margarita Egiazarova; Olga Pimanova; Anastasia Petrova


‘Wide-ranging knowledge and expertise related to employment matters in general, and to my relevant sector (IT). Good research abilities, thorough analysis and well-based advice on all issues which arise and require local legal expertise.’

‘Anastasia Petrova is very responsive, supportive and professional. Nothing is impossible for her.’

‘Very detailed advice and responsive service.’

‘Deep knowledge, extensive experience in solving practical problems, communication skills at a high level.’

‘Margarita Egiazarova has outstanding skills in labour disputes.’

‘ALRUD were really clear, concise and consistent with their advice and always willing to help; they were efficient and responsive.’

‘Olga Pimanova was really great to work with; very commercial and pragmatic in her approach.’

‘Russia is a complicated legal environment in which to operate. The employment legal team at ALRUD have guided us through a difficult closure program involving significant headcount reductions. Their expertise extended beyond day to day HR support to include corporate filings and documents. Their advice was both practical and comprehensive.’

Key clients

Lincoln Electric Company

Tekfen Construction and Installation

Haldor Topsøe


Work highlights

  • Advised Haldor Topsøe on the implications of implementing an employee share ownership programme based on foreign shares, and developing the Russian programme based on the global terms programme.


The employment and labour offering at Dentons is known particularly for its proficiency in handling complex disputes, but the team also excels in non-contentious matters, including post-M&A issues, employment contracts, and employee work permits and visas. Marina Ryzhkova leads the team from Moscow, where she is supported by senior associate Natalia Panteleeva. St Petersburg-based Evgenia Teterevkova is also a key figure; she is frequently instructed by both Russian and and international companies to assist with union matters, redundancies, corporate compliance issues, occupational health and safety, and drafting of internal policies.

Practice head(s):

Marina Ryzhkova

Other key lawyers:

Evgenia Teterevkova; Natalia Panteleeva


‘The Dentons team was very quick to react to our question. They were very flexible and available to us as a client. They came with expert advice, presenting us with out-of the-box solutions.’

‘The deepest professionalism, based on many years of experience, common sense, exceptional focus on the interests of the client.’

‘Marina Ryzhkova is the highest professional! She always demonstrates a sincere interest in the success of the client, and finds and offers pragmatic legal solutions that guarantee an optimal result.’

‘Tremendous experience, attention to detail, high-quality analysis.’

‘The holistic approach the team takes is a particular strength of the practice. Its incredibly broad network means the firm is able to provide excellent advice throughout every jurisdiction and area of law.’

‘Natalia Panteleeva is one of the really good labour law attorneys and litigators in town. An excellent lawyer with an incredible wealth of knowledge.’

‘This is a team of highly professional legal practitioners, experts in their field in the full sense. They are able to substantiate a legal position very clearly and comprehensively.’

‘High quality legal advice, deep knowledge of practical aspects, as well as experience of application in the jurisdiction.’

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

At Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, practice head Anna Ivanova  is a key name for complex HR matters; as well as providing general labour advice, Ivanova is particularly experienced in dealing with issues concerning employee disciplinary actions and subsequent employment terminations. St Petersburg-based of counsel Elena Agaeva is another key member of the team, as is recently promoted senior associate Elena Kvartnikova. The latter frequently advises clients on matters relating to the processing of personal data, particularly in instances which involve a cross-border element.

Practice head(s):

Anna Ivanova

Other key lawyers:

Elena Agaeva; Elena Kvartnikova


‘Experienced lawyers who always work in close contact with the client.’

‘High qualifications, extensive experience.’

‘The lawyers are not only highly skilled and specialised in their areas of expertise but this expertise is coupled with excellent client care, knowledge and attention to detail in respect of the business needs of their clients.’

‘Elena Agaeva is technically excellent and shows a deep understanding not only of her specialised areas of the law but also really understands her clients’ needs and goals.’

‘The main strength of the Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Labour Law Practice, which distinguishes this team from others, is the speed of providing consultations and preparing documents at the client’s request while maintaining a consistently high quality of services provided. The lawyers of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Labour Law Practice are well acquainted with the current law enforcement practice in the relevant areas, which allows them to promptly advise clients and give clear answers, without imposing “hidden” additional services on them.’

‘We value the competence and high speed of work.’

‘Practitioners answer not only formally as it should be according to the law in a broad sense, but clarify the essence of the problem and are always happy to answer additional questions. Their strength lies in good communication, when working on questions from us as a customer.’

Andrey Gorodissky & Partners

The expertise of the practitioners at Andrey Gorodissky & Partners extends across a wide range of employment mandates, including issues of contract termination of both employees and top managers, personnel restructuring, disputes, and audits by government authorities. The team is well versed in the 'subtleties and peculiarities of law enforcement and judicial practice', and is able to 'look wider than the immediate question' to 'consider the task from all points of view'. Practice head Marina Abramova  has a proven track record of representing clients in labour disputes before the courts. Kristina Timoshenko is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Marina Abramova

Other key lawyers:

Kristina Timoshenko


‘Knowledgeable, flexible, solution-oriented, cost-effective, build long-term relationships.’

‘Marina Abramova shows the highest professionalism, benevolence, respect, and faith in the law.’

‘Practitioners obviously have vast experience in all areas of labour law, they know not only the norms of the law, but also the subtleties and peculiarities of law enforcement and judicial practice. They answer questions very quickly and clearly.’

‘Marina Abramova has vast experience, gives very valuable practical advice and recommendations. If nothing can be done, then she speaks directly about it, and at the same time advises how it will be possible to reduce losses or fines, and what to change for the future.’

‘High-level professionals with multifaceted expertise that allows you to consider the task from all points of view.’

‘Marina Abramova shows exceptional attentiveness, provides an extremely prompt and quick response, has deep professional expertise.’

‘Always look wider than the immediate question they’ve been asked; they can understand the company processes and peculiarities and then offer the optimal solutions for each client.’

‘A full and measured approach to the work rather than just an ‘express’ service.’

Key clients


Ascensia Diabetes Care


AO CB Citibank



Chevron Neftegaz



Mistral Trading

Roust Russia

Fiba Retail

Eskalibur, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Trigo on organisational issues relating to labour processes and conditions during the period of the Covid-19 bans and restrictions on businesses.
  • Advised the Fiba Retail group’s Russian businesses on ways of preserving salaries and retaining  personnel during the period of Covid-19 bans and restrictions.
  • Assisted Eskalibur with the introduction of an electronic personnel-related paperwork system.

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited's team covers the full spectrum of labour work, including advising on the employment and migration aspects of global M&A transactions involving numerous jurisdictions, assisting with trade union issues, and representing employers in disputes. Practice head Igor Makarov is supported at the Moscow office by counsel Elena Kukushkina; litigation expert Evgeny Reyzman; and associates Georgy Mzhavanadze and Elena Pitirimova. The key contacts in St Petersburg are managing partner Maxim Kalinin and senior associate Alexander Korkin; the latter advises both Russian and international clients on key regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Igor Makarov

Other key lawyers:

Elena Kukushkina; Evgeny Reyzman; Georgy Mzhavanadze; Alexander Korkin; Maxim Kalinin; Elena Pitirimova


‘This labour practice is the strongest in St Petersburg; the advice provided is up-to-date, supported by judicial practice.’

‘In Alexander Korkin, we value his business-like approach, the ability to communicate effectively, the highest level of competence in labour law issues, the ability to communicate at different levels, acceptance of cultural diversity, flexibility in interaction.’

‘Alexander Korkin is the person I work with. He knows a lot, very friendly, client-oriented, professional, gives his opinion in brief way, studies court practices, gives not only the answer to my questions but also recommendations and predictions.’

‘High professionalism, friendliness, ability to understand the problem and give the best solution, communication.’

‘This is a team of highly professional legal practitioners, experts in their field in the full sense. They are able to substantiate a legal position very clearly and comprehensively.’

‘High level professionals. It is distinguished by a very friendly style of communication and open dialogue with clients.’

‘Very well drafted legal opinions, adapted to the needs of the reader.’

‘The lawyers always know about new developments in the law and are ready to suggest creative solutions.’

Key clients



Johnson & Johnson


MSD Pharmaceutical





Fresenius Kabi



American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)


Work highlights

  • Assisted Astellas with its global restructuring process, which involved advising on major internal restructurings within the client’s subsidiaries in 13 jurisdictions, namely Russia plus all former Soviet republics (except for Baltic states) and Mongolia.
  • Successfully represented Nestle in a labour dispute with a trade union leader.
  • Advised Whirlpool on issues concerning the structuring of its business operations during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, the workload is split equally between contentious and advisory matters. The employment disputes team is particularly well known for its successful representation of high-end employers in the most complex cases; 'star practitionerYuri Ivanov is the key name to note for litigious work, and frequently handles unfair dismissal claims. Nadezhda Ilyushina, who heads up the practice, has extensive experience advising clients from various industries on immigration law, regulation and structuring of labour relations with top managers, personnel restructuring, and communications with trade unions.

Practice head(s):

Nadezhda Ilyushina

Other key lawyers:

Yuri Ivanov


‘ Everyone knows they have awesome expertise!’

‘A creative approach to each case, a desire to give practical advice, and not just rewrite the law.’

‘Yuri Ivanov is just a star practitioner of the labour practice, a very charismatic and hardworking lawyer, who fights for every case to the last, even if the chances are minimal.’

‘The labour practice lawyers are distinguished by a practice-oriented approach, which allows them to find realistic solutions in each specific case, without going into deep theoretical fabrications. This allows you to quickly and efficiently achieve the desired results. It’s a pleasure to work with them!’

‘I highly appreciate the professionalism of Yuri Ivanov – working with him is always very productive, he is very attentive to details and is very good at finding non-standard solutions. Nadezhda Ilyushina has vast experience, which, in my opinion, helps her to provide clients with an excellent service and offer legal advice on complex cases at a very high level.’

Key clients


Pipe Metallurgical Company


Universal Pictures




Work highlights

  • Advised the Pipe Metallurgical Company on the possibility of using non-competition provisions in Russian employment contracts with certain employees of a Russian company.
  • Successfully represented Mars in a complex labour dispute with a former employee who was dismissed as part of formal staff redundancy measures.
  • Advising Otis on working and payment arrangements with respect to mechanics who are responsible for urgent repair works and therefore work on an ad hoc basis.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's employment practice has an impressive client roster, which includes key global corporates such as Dyson, Samsung and Spotify. Under the leadership of 'creative and strategic' practitioner Vladislav Mazur, the team advises on both individual and collective dismissals, assists with compliance-related investigations, and represents clients in employment litigation. The firm is also able to leverage its international capabilities to handle the labour aspects of cross-border transactions. In recent developments, the group has focused on advising its longstanding clients on practical remote working solutions. Senior associate Maria Gorlenko is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Vladislav Mazur

Other key lawyers:

Maria Gorlenko


‘Extensive experience of projects of varying complexity in the field of labour relations; a creative non-standard approach; the ability to depart from established conservative approaches to certain labour issues.’

‘For many years I have known Vladislav Mazur. He is very strong specialist capable of managing projects of any complexity from start to finish. Due to his extensive experience of participating in litigation, Vladislav is able to offer very creative and effective solutions.’

‘The person we worked with, Vladislav Mazur, has done a wonderful job in helping us deal with a particularly difficult employment situation. We have been dealing with someone who has been very creative in their approaches they have tried to use against our company and Vladislav has been able to adapt to the evolving situation to guide us through the law and successfully defend our position.’

‘Vladislav Mazur has been creative and strategic in his approach to dealing with a fairly unorthodox situation that has led to us to successfully defending our position. He has described the case status and options thoroughly, keeping us well informed and appropriately advised. We feel comfortable following his recommendations.’

‘Highly qualified employees, high standards of task performance.’

‘Vladislav Mazur is a very qualified lawyer and a very loyal person.’

‘High professionalism, prompt response, understanding of business processes and client needs.’

‘Vladislav Mazur shows a high level of competence in labour and corporate matters. Extensive accumulated experience that is effectively applied in practice.’

Key clients

Core Laboratories


Wizz Air

Extreme Networks








Work highlights

  • Supported Core Laboratories during a redundancy process, as well as successfully representing the company before the Russian data protection authority, and in a number of court cases.
  • Advising Wizz Air on the employment and migration law issues surrounding the employment of various categories of personnel, as well as on labour leasing and other specifics of employment regulations in Russia.
  • Assisted Arc Holdings with the potential re-classification of the consultancy contract of a foreign CFO into an employment contract, as well as advising on Russian privacy issues.

Pepeliaev Group

The employment and migration practice at Pepeliaev Group is split into two teams, one headed up by Julia Borozdna, and one under the leadership of Anna Berlina. Borozdna has over 20 years' experience advising multinational and notable domestic companies on the full range of non-contentious labour law matters, and also frequently handles litigious work. Berlina is particularly known for assisting with employee dismissals, including on a large scale, and representing clients in their dealings with the State Labour Inspectorate and the Public Prosecutor's Office. Senior associate Dmitry Zykov is noted for his expertise in issues relating to data privacy.

Practice head(s):

Julia Borozdna; Anna Berlina; Dmitry Zykov

Key clients

Becton Dickinson


Boehringer Ingelheim



Harry’s / Barilla


Lindt & Sprüngli LLC (Russia)


Roche Diabetes Care Rus

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal)

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal)'s team provides comprehensive advice on the full gamut of complex issues relating to Russian labour law, delivers outstanding results in employment litigation and mediation, and offers impressive cross-border expertise in the CIS and other jurisdictions around the world. The firm is particularly known for assisting with employee stock option plans and long-term incentive programmes; Yana Zoloeva and Alexei Dingin are the names to note for this type of work. Gennady Odarich is a key contact for all immigration matters, including international employee transfers and secondments.

Practice head(s):

Yana Zoloeva; Gennady Odarich; Alexei Dingin


‘We have been working with the team for quite an extended period of time by now, and have always relied on their advice and experience with Russian immigration matters. I feel that that advice they provide is always very balanced and up to date, given the fast-changing immigration legislation in Russia. The team manages to give an assurance that the case is taken care of and always honours their commitments.’

‘The team is very experienced with the knowledge of the legislation, and more importantly its practical application. I would like to highlight their ability to perform the work in the timely fashion and with ease. Throughout our co-operation, no errors occurred, which proves that the internal verification processes are well set up within the company. I would like to particularly single out Gennady Odarich and his team for the support they continue to provide to us.’

‘A wide range of issues on which you can seek advice. High professionalism. Efficiency.’

‘Variety of specialists; high qualification of employees; customer focus.’

‘High professionalism, knowledge of local specifics of application.’

‘A strong and available team with a quick response time that offers practical solutions.’

‘Alexei Dingin is very talented and knows how to bridge and clarify the differences between legal systems when working with foreign clients. I would highly recommend him.’

Key clients



EM Russia LLC

JCB International [Eurasia]



Rijk Zwaan Rus

Sodexo Pass International

VEB Ventures

Work highlights

  • Assisted Rijk Zwaan Rus with several issues relating to the termination of employment, as well as protecting the company’s interests in several disputes with employees.
  • Assisted Criteo with employment termination issues, as well as advising on the transfer of employees to a home working arrangement.
  • Advised JCB International Eurasia on matters related to optimisation of employment costs.


Under the leadership of Valeriy Fedoreev, the team at CMS advises on a multitude of employment matters, including labour disputes, relations with top managers, termination of employment agreements, labour aspects of business restructuring transactions, and data protection work. The firm also assists with mandates relating to migration issues.

FBK Legal

At FBK Legal, the employment team's priority is always to resolve labour disputes at the pre-trial stage, so the group frequently acts as a mediator in conflicts between companies and their top management; in necessary cases, the firm is also proficient in representing clients in litigious matters. Alexandra Gerasimova leads the team, supported by corporate, restructuring and disputes specialist Alexander Ermolenko, and competition expert Sergey Ermolenko.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Ermolenko; Alexandra Gerasimova

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Ermolenko


‘Very experienced professionals.’

‘Professionals with a strong business understanding.’

‘Large and varied team, great experience and everyday wisdom. I am very glad that they helped us to avoid a labour dispute.’

‘Alexander Ermolenko is undoubtedly infinitely professional. In addition to his legal work, he has a lot of time for students and actively participates in the life of legal communities.’

Key clients



Yamaha Motor



Roland Music



World Energy Solutions (former WorleyParsons)

Gazprom and some of its subsidiaries

NGK Spark Plugs (Eurasia)


Mast-Jägermeister SE

Brook Vent Holdings

The Federal Center for Competencies in the field of Labour Productivity


Oil Processing Company

Work highlights

  • Completed an HR audit on behalf of the Federal Centre for Competencies in the field of Labour Productivity (FCC).
  • Representing Enex in a dispute against a former CEO.
  • Assisted Roland Music with various labour issues, including drafting internal regulations on processing personal data, and advising on matters related to the company’s activity during the Covid-19 pandemic.


With of counsel Olga Mokhonko at the helm, Noerr's employment and pensions team provides comprehensive advice on all matters of Russian labour and immigration law to a notable base of major international and domestic companies. The team is equally proficient in assisting with non-contentious matters including compliance, recruiting, incentives and dismissals, redundancy programmes, and restructuring, and representing clients in litigious matters. Senior associate Anna Fufurina is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Olga Mokhonko

Other key lawyers:

Anna Fufurina

Key clients



Rolls-Royce Power Systems


Global leaders from the industrial production, pharmaceutical, IT and telecoms, and management consulting sectors frequently instruct the team at BEITEN BURKHARDT to advise them on a wide range of employment and migration law issues. Practice head Andrey Slepov has particular expertise in personal data and IT matters, and is equally proficient in both contentious and advisory work.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Slepov


‘An integrated approach to solving situations based on in-depth knowledge of labour law, labour protection, personal data issues and corporate law. You can always get a detailed answer from a practice employee.’

‘Constant deepening and expansion of knowledge, focus on results, customer focus, openness to new ideas.’

‘Strong expertise.’

‘We appreciate the expertise and co-operation with our partner Andrey Slepov.’

‘Deep knowledge of the specifics of our business which reduces the reaction time if and when new issues arise.’

‘Andrey Slepov is our permanent supporter. When needed he walks an extra mile to resolve our issues and address our requests.’

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's employment offering has a strong corporate focus; the team works across both the Moscow and St Petersburg offices, and frequently provides support on the labour-related aspects of transactions, including due diligence and the implementation of global company standards at a local level. Mikhail Timonov is recommended, as are principal associates Olga Chirkova and Ekaterina Mironova .

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Timonov

Other key lawyers:

Olga Chirkova; Ekaterina Mironova


‘Fast and high-quality preparation responses according to the client’s requirements, timely feedback, support in solving legal issues even if they are only potentially related to the problem, a comprehensive approach to solving the problem.’

‘Olga Chirkova punctually and efficiently provides support in legal matters, assesses the potential risk, comprehensively considers the problem and uses complex approaches to solving the problem.’

‘An experienced team, the quality of their work is really good. They are responsive and always give advice, taking into account future consequences.’

‘Olga Chirkova is a commercially oriented, attentive and responsive lawyer. She offers us effective and practical solutions.’

‘Cohesive team which is very good in different employment and labour matters. They know our industry and their advice is commercial, prompt and reliable. They solve problems and get things done.’

‘Olga Chirkova is a first-class practitioner with a good name in the market. She has a very strong knowledge of the employment law and a practical view of the matter. Olga is a great listener who is very pleasant to deal with.’

‘High competence, customer focus and the ability to see individual legal tasks in a wider business context.’

‘Our company co-operates with Ekaterina Mironova, and we are very glad of her support. Ekaterina is a top professional who is also distinguished by quick responses, clear fulfilment of promises, and the ability to find solutions in a specific business context.’

Key clients


Van der Vlist Transportgroep B.V.


Levi Strauss & Co.

SZA law firm

Cherkizovo Group


Work highlights

  • Advising Levi Strauss & Co. on the full range of employment law matters, including assisting with the drafting of internal policies, and advising on various matters during the Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Advising AEK on all aspects of employment relations during the period of Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Assisted with a change of general director at the Russian subsidiary of Van der Vlist Transportgroep.

Five Stones Consulting

Boutique firm Five Stones Consulting continues to be known for its proficiency in assisting high-level executives with the negotiation of their compensation and contract terms. The practice, under the leadership of Alexander Karpukhin, also advises on day-to-day employment matters including the development of internal policies, represents clients in labour disputes, and conducts HR audits.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Karpukhin


‘Excellently trained team, always customer and result-oriented.’

‘First of all, for us, the uniqueness of the practice lies in their ability to quickly respond to requests, which are often very specific and confidential. Excellent professional competence and negotiation skills.’

‘Alexander Karpukhin is the face of the practice, he is in touch 24 hours a day and is open to any inquiries. Excellent professional.’

‘Most important of all is the attitude towards customers. Any questions with which I addressed them were resolved at the highest level, a very high level of practical understanding of problems and a very responsible attitude to the tasks being solved.’

‘I work with Alexander Karpukhin, his level of understanding of problems is very high and fully takes into account the interests of the business. Excellent technical background and deep knowledge of the industry, always trying to offer something new.’

‘The team always helps my business, promptly and reliably. Their help is always helpful and practical.’

‘Alexander Karpukhin has been our constant partner and advisor for many years. Conscientiousness and competence are his main qualities.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco


Jones Lang LaSalle

Association of Russian Young Dentists

Taste of Russia

Mobis Module CIS

Talgo Patentes

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing support UnionPay on all its employment matters.
  • Advising British American Tobacco on its employment matters in Russia.
  • Providing ongoing support with various employment matters, including restructuring, to the Association of Russian Young Dentists.

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Global clients from the TMT, e-commerce, and leisure sectors regularly turn to the team at Hogan Lovells (CIS); practice head Serafima Pankratova advises a wide range of businesses on all aspects of labour law from recruitment through to termination and post-termination issues, as well as handling litigious work. Associate Denis Shakhov provides additional corporate and financial expertise.

Practice head(s):

Serafima Pankratova

Other key lawyers:

Denis Shakhov

Key clients

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp)

Weener Plastics Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Laboratory Corporation on various employment mandates, including day-to-day matters and issues arising as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Advising the Weener Plastics Group, a global supplier of innovative plastic packaging solutions, on various employment matters, including structuring the exit bonus payment to the CEO in Russia and assisting with issues arising as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions.

Squire Patton Boggs

Clients instructing the employment team at Squire Patton Boggs have access to both the firm's experienced group in Moscow and a strong pan-European offering. The practice, under the leadership of Irina Golovanova, is best known for interpreting Russian labour law issues, particularly those which concern restructuring, for an enviable roster of global corporations.

Practice head(s):

Irina Golovanova


‘Customer-oriented, focused on results, willing to listen to the wishes of customers and try to meet them. Deep expertise in labour law and practice.’

‘Irina Golovanova is an excellent specialist in labour law.’

‘An excellent team that provides comprehensive solutions to issues and is responsible for good results. Deep level of analysis and elaboration of issues. The result is optimal, with balanced decisions guaranteed on any issues and in any situations.’

‘Always in touch, always ready to work promptly and help, depth and level of knowledge and experience, able to provide complex solutions, good final results.’

SZP Law Boutique

At SZP Law Boutique, the focus is on the protection of businesses and top management from labour conflicts; the team is well versed in negotiation strategies, as a result of which the majority of clients' employment disputes are settled out of court. The firm also handles HR audits and assists with preparations for inspections by the State Labour Inspectorate. Ksenia Mikhaylichenko leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Ksenia Mikhaylichenko

Key clients

OOO Prototypes

The Gorky Moscow Art Theatre’s actors

The Taganka Theatre’s actors

Baccarat’s Regional Director of Sales and Marketing in Russia, Eastern Europe and CIS

Irina Ishchenko

Work highlights

  • Representing Irina Ishchenko, a departmental head at a Skolkovo Foundation resident company, in a matter before the Supreme Court, which led to the conclusion that harassment in the workplace is a valid reason for missing the deadline for applying to court.
  • Successfully represented an employee before the Court of Appeal, following the client’s period of enforced absence.
  • Successfully negotiated on behalf of Andrey Fedorov, Managing Director of the Retail Risk Centre of Gazprombank, avoiding long court proceedings.

YUST Law Firm

The full range of contentious and advisory employment work is handled by the team at YUST Law Firm. With Anna Kotova-Smolenskaya at its helm, the practice has recently seen a number of notable litigation successes. On the non-contentious side, the group regularly advises state-owned companies whose labour relations are the subject of special provisions.

Practice head(s):

Anna Kotova-Smolenskaya

Key clients

The Football Union of Russia

Ferronordic Machines LLC

Ferronordic TD LLC

Gorodskoy supermarket LLC (AzbukaVkusa)


Sila Industry LLC


20-20 Technologies GmbH

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Sibelius Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Gorodskoy Supermarket in a labour dispute concerning a termination of employment agreement.
  • Advising Emcure Pharmaceuticals’ Russian office on various employment matters.
  • Advising healthcare product manufacturer Sibelius on the minimisation of risks relating to the recognition of civil agreements as employment ones.