Ukraine-born solicitor offers pro bono help to war refugees

The Law Society Gazette

Ukrainian-born solicitor practising in England has said it is her ‘duty’ to help her compatriots trying to rebuild their lives following the Russian invasion.

Iryna O’Reilly, who works for Manchester firm Barings Law, will help a select number of Ukrainian nationals escaping the conflict on a pro bono basis. The firm has set up a dedicated immigration department as part of its wider expansion, and O’Reilly will use this opportunity to support those who have left Ukraine to escape the fighting.

‘It’s heart-wrenching watching the news to see places I used to go absolutely destroyed,’ she said. ‘My family had to flee Ukraine last year and have not been able to return back home. My 10-year-old goddaughter and her family had to escape to a neighbouring village and hide in a cellar while sirens were going off.

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