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Barristers Bar Association
12, Yasna Str.
Odesa, 65012
Ukraine

Ukraine > White-collar crime Tier 2

Barristers Bar Association

Testimonials

‘The most experienced law firm in criminal law and court litigation in Ukraine, all the attorneys in law have brilliant knowledge in court proceedings and criminal proceedings.’

‘Barristers Law Firm consists of lawyers with an eye for detail. They can find a lot of mistakes, inconsistencies, exceptional circumstances in the prosecutor’s or opposite party’s documents and turn the court decision in favour of their client.’

‘They are good lawyers. Their ability to provide comprehensive legal assistance in criminal and civil proceedings stands out. Barristers Law Firm provided me with both specialists.’

Work highlights

On December 15, 2017, a group of highly professional lawyers with significant work experience established BARRISTERS Law Firm, with its offices in Odessa, Kyiv and Kharkiv. BARRISTERS Law Firm is the result of the association of Shevchuk&Partners, Ponomarenko&Partners and Law Company Barrister (2004).

BARRISTERS– one of the leading law firms in Ukraine presented by an ambitious, professional and determined team of next-generation lawyers with a fresh perspective, impeccable knowledge of the law and understanding of the client’s needs. BARRISTERS is focused on the result and combine an accurate and correct analysis of the situation and great speeches in court. The main priorities of our lawyers are: making timely decisions and the ability to anticipate the opponents’ moves.

BARRISTERS is a rating team of lawyers, specializing in supporting complex cases in criminal proceedings. BARRISTERS COMMERCIAL is a team of highly qualified specialists in tax, commercial, economic, civil and administrative law and litigation.

BARRISTERS LAW FIRM and BARRISTERS COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM have a comprehensive legal-assistance approach and successfully represent and protect the interests of private and public legal entities.

The specificity of BARRISTERS law firm is that the providing legal assistance in criminal proceedings goes far beyond Ukrainian national courts: it includes litigation in the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, as well as courts of other jurisdictions.

  • In 2018 recognized as the ‘Law Firm – Discovery of the Year’ among the best Ukrainian law firms in Criminal proceedings
  • In 2019 recognized as the ‘Law Firm – Brand of the Year’
  • top 10 Ukrainian leading law firms in criminal practice in 2019 according to the leading legal publication “Legal Practice”
  • In 2019-2020 recommended  by the annual directory of the best law firms of Ukraine Ukrainian Law Firms, a Handbook for Foreign Clients’
  • In 2020 recognized as the Law firm of the year in business protection’ by Ukraine’s Legal Awards 2020
  • founder of the committee on business protection issues as a part of ICC Ukraine – The Ukrainian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (World Business Organization)
  • deliver trainings and online seminars for the corporate officials and workers of legal entities with simulating critical situation
  • have launched the course of webinars on a pro-bono basis – “Barristers-TV”
  • have launched the only cybersecurity practice in Ukraine, carry out “penetration testing”

Companies who have relied on BARRISTERS:

  • Agricultural holding MENORAH-AGRO, LLC
  • Agro-industrial holding ROSTOK HOLDING, LLC
  • FIRST UKRAINIAN INTERNATIONAL BANK, JSC
  • PRIVATBANK, CB, JSC
  • KYIVVODOKANAL, PR, JSC
  • UKRAINIAN RAILWAYS, JSC
  • YANDEX.UKRAINE, LLC
  • Real-estate agency Development corporation RIEL, PE
  • NATIONAL POWER COMPANY UKRENERGO, PJSC
  • Credit institution Evropeiska Kredytna Hruppa, LLC
  • ZDRAVO, LLC
  • Agrinol, LLC
  • ATL, network
  • Novoiavorivska CHPP

Other clients of BARRISTERS are:

  • Petro Poroshenko
  • Boryslav Rozenblat
  • Vladyslav Manher
  • Illia Kiva
  • Oleksandr Onyshchenko
  • Yaroslav Kashuba
  • Yaroslav Dubnevych
  • Nadiia Savchenko
  • Hennadii Korban
  • Vitalii Klychko
  • Tetiana Chornovol
Department Name Email Telephone
White-collar crime, Protection from asset- grabbing and corporate raiding OLEKSII SHEVCHUK shevchuk@barristers.org.ua +38 (050) 307-57-58
Criminal defense DENYS PONOMARENKO ponomarenko@barristers.org.ua +38 (048) 737-71-51
White-collar crime, Criminal defense, Protection from asset- grabbing and corporate raiding KOSTIANTYN HLOBA globa@barristers.org.ua +38 (050) 307-57-58
Cybersecurity, White-collar crime, Protection from asset- grabbing and corporate raiding OLEKSANDR TANANAKIN tananakin@barristers.org.ua +38 (050) 307-57-58
Criminal defense, White-collar crime ANDRII LEVKOVETS levkovets@barristers.org.ua +38 (050) 307-57-58
Partners : 8
Associates : 40+
Counsels : 2
Ukrainian
Russian
English
Latvian
French
IBA (International Bar Association)
European Criminal Bar Association
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers
Ukrainian Advocates Association
Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA)

Oleksii Shevchuk, Managing Partner

Oleksii Shevchuk explains how the firm is adapting to clients’ changing needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Barristers Law Firm from your competitors?

Barristers Law Firm combines the best traditions and a progressive approach to legal aid. Our highly qualified lawyers have a successful experience of representing the interests of our clients.

We can say with confidence that Barristers Law Firm has no competitors in the Ukrainian legal market, because we consolidate the best specialists in criminal law and proceedings as well as in other practices, each of which resolves the problem with a creative approach and focuses on results.
So, we are not like most law firms – we are lawyers with our own style and `handwriting`.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The most profitable areas for lawyers still remain dispute resolution practices, corporate and tax law – areas with an inevitable conflict of interest. Development of practices associated with inevitable pressure of law enforcement and fiscal authorities on Ukrainian business gives its stable profits. Searching for new markets, law firms actively try to engage in non-traditional practices, not limited to representation only in criminal proceedings. Boutiques with top-of-the-line practices, such as judicial, tax or criminal, will stand firm and be sure of ground. But even they will actively develop their associated practices, which will provide the closest possible work with clients and will minimize the transfer of their clients’ cases to outsourcing in the market. Particularly, litigation firms will strengthen their expertise in the agricultural, pharmaceutical, and banking sectors. Consequently, it points to one optimistic conclusion for 2020-2021– there will be a lot of work for lawyers to do. Though, only the most qualified representatives of our profession will be able to get their hands on a worthy client portfolio.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Our team conducts activities in an efficient manner in spite of going through hard times: we lobby for a change in the law concerning e-justice and achieve the desired effect, our specialists monitor legal developments in regard to bringing to responsibility for the quarantine violation and prepare articles for specialist legal publications, we provide medical staff with legal assistance for free, do online advisory work, conduct live webinars and audit companies` cybersecurity.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Barristers Law Firm uses the format of webinars, in which clients are advised in closed conferences about narrow-profile questions (it is an alternative to personal consultations). We also practice creating our own channels in a social networks.

What is more, Barristers Law Firm has launched the only cybersecurity practice in Ukraine, carries out “penetration testing». Barristers` lawyers deliver trainings and online seminars for the corporate officials and workers of legal entities with simulating critical situation. Barristers Law Firm has launched the course of webinars on a pro-bono basis – «Barristers-TV».

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

To achieve the best result in the providing of legal assistance, the lawyer follows three stages:

1) issue identification and audit with selecting the most efficient solution
2) representation in all courts and state bodies
3) post-monitoring the case upon achieving the result in order to avoid further risks

Thereby, at the request of the сlient, who conducts business in the field of oil products, lawyers of the Barristers LF have developed job descriptions for employees, templates for oil supply contracts, regulations on trade secrets and a list of information that includes a trade secret. The documents developed by Barristers’ lawyers allowed to optimize the company’s work and prevented employees from disclosing information that is a trade secret.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Barristers has been practicing law since 2017. Today the firm consists of 55 lawyers, specialized in various fields of law, including criminal, commercial, civil, administrative. Barristers LF represents the interests of clients throughout the post-Soviet space, in such countries as Russia, Moldova, Belarus and others. The firm’s goal for the next three years is membership in international associations, to exchange practices, protect clients internationally, support Western partners in Ukraine, and represent clients in the International Court of Human Rights.

Barristers Law Firm also plans to open representative offices in Kherson, Dnipro and Uzhhorod in 2021.

Kostyantyn Hloba, The Head (Partner), Barristers Bar Association

the Head of the Barristers Law Firm explains how the firm is adapting to Ukrainian war reality and clients’ changing needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Barristers Bar Association from your competitors?

Barristers Law Firm specializes in assisting companies and their management at all stages of criminal proceedings, mostly related to corruption, fraud, cybercrime, money laundering, embezzlement or tax evasion. We have successful experience in protecting officials, banking institutions, government and law enforcement agencies, top managers of private enterprises and government agencies, people`s deputies and public figures. In addition to criminal protection, we also represent the interests of victims in securing their rights in criminal proceedings, including on a pro bono basis.

The peculiarity of our company is that we provide a comprehensive approach to business. Our lawyers are knowledgeable in the field of compliance and conduct their own corporate investigations, including in order to prosecute unscrupulous partners and / or employees. To achieve the maximum result, we have certified narrow-profile specialists, including fraud specialists, mediators, compliance officers, corporate secretaries.

In addition, we are distinguished from others by perseverance and the ability to go to the end. Thus, a client of our partners Andrii Levkovets and Kostiantyn Globa was acquitted posthumously. (Such a procedure is not provided for by Ukrainian law). So, our lawyers have created a precedent and established justice and preserved the client’s reputation.

The results of our work include many acquittals. For instance, the client was charged under part 2 of Art. 121 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, our lawyers achieved a complete acquittal of the client, the court decision in favor of the client was upheld in the highest court.

The next case related to the fact that the client was charged under Part 3 of Art. 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, however, as a result of the our work, this case went through all the court instances and resulted in an acquittal.

No less interesting is the case of a US citizen who lived on the territory of Ukraine and was accused of violating the rules of transporting goods across the customs border of Ukraine.

Our lawyers proved the client’s innocence, obtained an acquittal, the appellate and cassation instances left such a decision of the court of first instance unchanged.

Thanks to our team’s efforts, one more case was resolved, which concerned officials of a legal entity, who were charged under part 2 of Art. 367; Part 5 of Art. 191; Part 1 of Art. 366 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, however, as a result of our legal assistance, they were found innocent.

Thus, our most important principles in our work are systematicity, the desire to make a significant contribution to the rule of law and to implement the tasks of criminal justice, so that no innocent person is accused or convicted, no person is subjected to unjustified procedural coercion, and that every participant in criminal proceedings is applied due process of law.

When the war in Ukraine started, some clients of our law firm were mobilized into the Armed forces of Ukraine. Ukrainian legislation, particularly the criminal procedure code, was changed regarding the suspension of the trial for the duration of the military service of the accused. For the first time, the court suspended the proceedings on the grounds of mobilization in a case in which the Barristers’ lawyers are defenders. So, we not only analyze legislative innovations, but also initiate their application in practice.

We also help our army in the ‘legal front’ pro bono: provide soldiers and their families with consultations on military legal issues for free.

We establish international cooperation with a great amount of entities and associations in order to bring the Ukrainian legal market to a new, more progressive level.

Also, the Barristers team keeps up with the times, we promote legal education reform. For this reason, we join student legal movements as mentors. Barristers was awarded by ELSA (The European Law Students’Association) Ukraine for the significant contribution to the development of legal studies and support of all initiatives in ELSA’s Bilateral Legal Research Group on Crimanal Law.

The specificity of our law firm is that the providing legal assistance in criminal proceedings goes far beyond Ukrainian national courts: it includes litigation in the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, as well as courts of other jurisdictions.

 

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The vast majority of consultations we have been providing since February, 24, 2022 and continue to provide now are connected with the war:

    • collecting evidence of Russian war crimes against civilians and civilian objects with further appeals with relevant statements to both national authorities and international institutions;
    • preparing analytical materials both for individuals and legal entities with explanations of legislative change;
    • business relocation both to west regions of Ukraine and abroad;
    • features of crossing the border with children;
    • document flow and features of taxation and business lending during the war
    • conditions of admissibility of restriction of human rights under martial law
    • free lectures on algorithms for compensation for damaged or destroyed property due to missile strikes
    • internal displacement and related legal relationships

The next step is to help business to attract investments in Ukraine and to expand and support the activities of Ukrainians who have gone abroad and need support more than ever, including legal support. That can include contractual relations, customs issues, obtaining permits and licenses, issues related to real estate, inheritance and family matters and, of course, issues of business registration.

 

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Partners of the Barristers Law Firm always focuse on building a “non-name” management model. That is, the structure of our law firm consists of appropriate self-sufficient teams and their leaders, where in essence each leader is able to participate in the management of the firm.

Thus, any changes in the partnership composition never lead to radical changes in management and, as a result, the firm is always ready for the most difficult challenges, including those such as war and its consequences.

In fact, we have implemented structural changes in the firm with the goal of enabling each partner and employee to be self-sufficient. Each partner formed his own team, and team leaders have their own work algorithms. Of course, each team is generally subject to the general principles of the company’s work, but they can independently attract customers, independently conduct business with their teams, independently develop work algorithms, which led to the formation of greater independence in the team and, as a result, led to the strengthening of the firm in general, as the firm is now consists of self-sufficient teams that work in symbiosis with each other and can work independently.

 

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

The most notable are the following legal cases of Barristers:

    1. The Barristers team volunteered to help launch Ukraine’s first local military administration.
      On March 21, 2022, the President of Ukraine by his Decree № 156/2022 ordered the establishment of the Gostomel local military administration of the Bucha district of the Kyiv region.
      This is the first local military administration in Ukraine, ie the first military administration at the municipal level.
      The professional experience of our lawyers was useful in organizing the work of the military administration, which has no analogues among local governments.
    2. The Barristers team has joined to the volunteer movement #АдвокатиЗСУ (translated as the lawyers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine) initiated under the auspices of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and supported by the Minister of Justice. All the lawyers of our law firm still help servicemen and their families by providing qualified legal assistance in various areas of law.
    3. We not only analyze legislative innovations, but also initiate their application in practice.
      For the first time, the court suspended the proceedings on the grounds of mobilization in a case in which Barristers’ lawyers are defenders.
    4. In cooperation, Barristers signed a tripartite memorandum with 8-ма окрема рота “ДГВ” ДФТГ “Легіон Д” and Дарницька районна в місті Києві державна адміністрація. We have established a legal service as part of the voluntary formation of the territorial community in order to increase the legal awareness of territorial defense fighters about their legal status, social guarantees and legal responsibility, as well as the use of weapon. Classes with Barristers attorneys are included in the volunteer training plan.
    5. We also signed a memorandum with one of the leading law firms in Poland – Kancelaria Prawna Sawaryn i Partnerzy in order to expand the range of legal services and their territory. As part of the cooperation, they took part in the Innovation Summit in Eastern Europe and the largest startup event in Poland – Wolves Summit 2022.
    6. Barristersʼ lawyer joined the project `Yurfem: Support` Асоціація жінок-юристок України “ЮрФем” (Association of Women Lawyers of Ukraine `YurFem`) to provide legal assistance to victims of sexual violence during the occupation pro bono.

 

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

As I mentioned before, we establish international cooperation with a great amount of entities and associations in order to bring the Ukrainian legal market to a new, more progressive level. Such international cooperation can help our client to get legal assistance abroad.

BARRISTERS law firm has launched the only cybersecurity practice in Ukraine, and carries out «penetration testing» for companies/

We help our clients – business organizations to attract foreign investments by improving clients’ business processes and bringing them into line with international standards.

 

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Today, the era of lawyers who perform work for the client only within the limits of the client’s request is already passing. We are already moving away from the process of “completed the request for legal work – completed the case”. We build the complex model of a social connection between the law firm and business/clients. In general, changes in legislation, changes in the work of state bodies every time complicate the algorithms of legal assistance, which imposes on the law firm the need not only to improve the quality of services, but also to change strategic approaches to work with the client and business.

A law firm today must meet the status of a business partner, and not just be a law firm to fulfill a job request. We must be a partner for the client and the business, a firm that understands what values the client and business live by, that understands the client’s requests not only from the point of view of the specific problem the client came with, but also globally. The firm must understand what goals the client and the business set for themselves, and only providing legal assistance with a full understanding of the business and its client in such conditions will provide a real result and add value to the relationship between the firm and the client.

The Barristers law firm emphasize personal qualities in work of the team leaders and the team members as a whole. Such approach creates the future of the legal market and the Barristers law firm as well.

Today there is a market demand for stability points. The Barristers law firm gives clients stability and reliability