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  • For several years on Goltsblat BLP’s Employment, Pensions & Benefits Practice has been top-ranked by major legal directories Chambers Europe, The Legal 500 EMEA, and others.

    Nadezhda Ilyushina was named 2017 Labour and Employment Law ‘Lawyer of the Year’, according to Best Lawyers

  • Chambers Europe 2017:

    • "Well-regarded team offering comprehensive employment law services to a wide variety of multinational companies. Represents  corporates in contentious termination matters, including mass redundancies. Also advises on regulatory, structuring and non-contentious dismissals. Immigration is another area of activity."
    • "Clients praise the team's responsiveness: "They are very quick to respond and they are very practical with their advice.""
    • "Nadezhda Ilyushina heads the practice, assisting clients with both advisory and contentious matters. A source says she is "clear and concise in her advice. She covers the issues thoroughly." Another client appreciates her ability to explain labour legislation and court practice in an understandable manner." 
    • Yuri Ivanov focuses on contentious labour law matters and assists the team's most significant clients.    

  • Legal 500 2017: "Goltsblat BLP has a friendly and client-oriented team."

  • Chambers Europe 2016:

    • "Strong team offering comprehensive employment law services to a wide variety of multinational organisations."
    • "I was really impressed with the quality of the work and the communication."
    • "Group head Nadezhda Ilyushina handles regulatory and advisory matters, such as employment contracts, immigration issues and employee structuring. Clients praise her "dedication, deep background analysis and high communication standards."
    • "Yuri Ivanov advances into the rankings this year following growth in his labour disputes practice, representing a multitude of high-end employers in contentious matters. Clients describe him as a "very strong employment lawyer and litigator."

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2016: "At Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner, Nadezhda Ilyushina is ‘highly dedicated, committed and knowledgeable’, and ‘provides high-quality advice in a timely manner’." 

  • Chambers Europe 2015:

    • "Highly praised for its strong employment dispute resolution."    
    • "Its advice was very practicable. The team is also very responsive and will work at any time, weekends included."
    • "I found that the team's experience was broad and varied: it was able to advise on practical issues, and was also proactive."
    • "Practice leader Nadezhda Ilyushina is praised as a strong manager and highly knowledgeable employment lawyer. She can explain things in a way that is understandable to business: she converts legal norms to business needs."
    • "Senior associate Yuri Ivanov for his strong understanding of employment litigation. He has strong experience and is also quite inventive and can interpret court practice, confirm clients."

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2015: "Dedicated employment practice head Nadezhda Ilyushina at Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner, was particularly active in employment disputes. Her expertise also includes structuring of labour relations, migration issues and health and safety matters".

  • Chambers Europe 2014:

    • Clients say:  "The team's guidance was clear and easy for us to both understand and take decisions on."
    • "The lawyers are highly capable and gave us a strong feeling of security.”
    • Clients highlight Nadezda Ilyushina’s "ability to foresee obstacles and look at the bigger picture."
    • Yuri Ivanov is well recognised for his involvement in employment litigation. Clients are impressed with the clarity of his explanations and his experience of court procedure, adding that "he has a wide knowledge of employment law and is very client-oriented."

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2014: Clients "highly appreciate the level of service" delivered by Goltsblat BLP’s "well-organised team”. Practice head Nadezhda Ilyushina combines "deep knowledge of Russian labour law’ with a ‘solid business approach".

  • Chambers Europe 2013:

    • With many years of experience behind it, the team is particularly focused on pension legislation, trade union relations, outsourced staff and immigration.
    • Clients say: "The lawyers are practical and understand the business needs of the client."
    • Yuri Ivanov is singled out for his excellent employment litigation practice, and market sources praise him for his ability to "dig up and understand extremely sophisticated issues." Others praise him for his "fresh and innovative ideas," which he combines with shrewd legal judgement.

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