The legal market has always been a prestigious one in Ukraine. While it demands expensive investments in education and many hours of work with clients, it also pays off: lawyers can make high-end salaries, and often have the chance to work and live in global metropolises. This partly explains why there are tens of thousands of legal experts in Ukraine.
However, there is also ample legal work in Ukraine for all those lawyers— thanks to Ukraine’s bureaucratic business environment, which is still so tangled in red tape that corruption continues to fester there. On the bright side, there is also lots of legal work to be done because of a slowly rebounding economy, bringing new businesses and new investment to Ukraine, or expansion of existing businesses.
In this, our 20th issue of the Legal Quarterly, we for a third time take a look at some of the lawyers in Ukraine who stand out from the crowd and shape the industry. Such professionals are sought out first by companies both “good” and “bad” to represent them in their cases. As a result, these lawyers sometimes face the ethical question of choosing between representing an unsavory client for a bigger paycheck, or siding with what’s best for Ukraine and defending those who are in the right.
This issue’s lawyers are also in tune with Ukraine’s business environment, seeing what is going on behind the scenes, who is shaping the markets, and who has secrets to hide. The Kyiv Post values lawyers who are whistleblowers, who speak out against corruption and who work ethically to make this nation better. We're limited by space to telling the stories of these seven lawyers, but please send us suggestions for future issues. Again, for those who don't understand how the Kyiv Post operates, paid advertising is separate from editorial content. We chose these seven lawyers on our own for journalistic reasons. We, of course, value all of our advertisers and subscribers— your support keeps us alive and independent.