Legal Cheek: Founding Partners Quit London Based Russian Law Firm & Close Shop

Legal Cheek report

James Dingley and Baiju Vasani quit Ivanyan & Partners as City law firms come under greater scrutiny over links to Russia

The founding partners of the London office of a Russian law firm yesterday decided to close the outpost following the “shocking developments” in Ukraine.

James Dingley, who joined Ivanyan & Partners from Clifford Chance in 2020, wrote on LinkedIn: “Following the shocking developments in Ukraine last week, we have, together with our Russian colleagues, decided to close the London office of Ivanyan and Partners.”

Dingley said he is no longer working on client matters, and will be leaving the firm “once all office-related administration has been properly concluded”.

Ivanyan and Partners has more than 90 lawyers in Moscow and St Petersburg. The London office was the firm’s first international office and specialised in complex international disputes.

Baiju Vasani, who was managing partner of the London office and global head of arbitration, wrote: “I have today tendered my resignation with Ivanyan & Partners and am no longer working for its clients.”

Both lawyers wished for a peaceful end to the ongoing crisis and said they will announce their next move in due course.

Legal Cheek has approached Ivanyan & Partners for comment.

Lawyers exit Russian law firm’s London office following ‘shocking developments’ in Ukraine