Support for Ukrainian lawyers and firms in England and Wales – The Law Society

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We recently hosted a networking event for Ukrainian lawyers, which was attended by various organisations offering a wide range of opportunities for work or training for refugees in the UK, including:
In addition, Gazette Jobs lists live vacancies in the legal sector by practice area, location and position.
Please note that the Law Society is not regularly monitoring updates to these pages and cannot verify their content. These opportunities are only the ones we are aware of at the time of publishing. There may be changes to these roles and training programmes in the future.
We held a free webinar aimed at Ukrainian lawyers settled in the UK.
It provides guidance on:
The event took place on Tuesday 15 November.
 Watch the recording here. 
Ukrainian lawyers who relocate to England and Wales are entitled to practise under their home-country professional title.
They do not need to qualify as solicitors nor sit any exam in order to practise here.
They can provide legal services in Ukrainian law, international law and English law (including drafting contracts) with the only exception of a small number of activities.
They can work:
Find out more about practising in England and Wales
Ukrainian lawyers who wish to gain the professional title of ‘solicitor’ can sit the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), though this is not necessary to practise under your home professional title (see above).
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) welcomes applications from Ukrainian lawyers and is happy to consider requests for exemptions from parts of the SQE on the basis of candidates’ qualifications or work experience. It will make decisions on a case-by-case basis, using the available evidence.
Where it is difficult to access to certain documents required for the exam, alternative documentation can be used to support an application.
Read the SRA’s guidance for qualified lawyers in jurisdictions where there is political unrest
Ukrainian law firms can open offices in England and Wales.
They do not need to register with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) unless they want to provide services in a small number of areas.
No permission is required to establish a business presence in the UK, although there are regulations on the use of business names and in certain business sectors.
Find out more about opening a law firm office in England and Wales
There are various helplines that can provide free and confidential advice to individuals affected by the war in Ukraine, including:
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of organisations providing support to the people of Ukraine.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the government introduced a scheme to support Ukrainians relocating to the UK. The scheme allows UK individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to open their homes and provide accommodation to Ukrainian nationals.
Read more about the scheme
Ukrainian nationals can apply to remain in the UK for up to three years if:
Learn more about the Ukraine extension scheme
The Law Society stands in solidarity with people in Ukraine following the Russian Federation’s illegal invasion of the country.
Find out about the legal issues and how you can help
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This page was printed on 18/01/2023 and the up-to-date version can be found online at https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/campaigns/international-rule-of-law/news/support-for-ukrainian-lawyers-and-firms-in-england-and-wales

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