Commercial (Russia/CIS) Disputes Associate/Senior Associate

Artem has acted for major corporate groups, ultra high net worth individuals, states and state-owned entities....

We have an exciting new vacancy for an Associate or Senior Associate to join our Commercial Disputes team in London, focusing on our Russia/CIS disputes practice. The role will providea great opportunity to provide a key role in helping to develop the future of the practice.

The practice

Our Commercial Disputes team undertakes a full range of complex corporate and commercial law cases of high value. We have a strong sector focus and are well known for cross-border disputes work, particularly on matters involving Russia/CIS.

We have a deep specialism in disputes work for Russia/CIS clients and have been doing this work for many years. Our team of Russian-speaking/English-qualified solicitors, combined with our commercial disputes, fraud and asset tracing experience, gives us a powerful CIS disputes offering which is reflected in long term relationships with our clients.

We act for major corporations, financial institutions and private individuals in a wide variety of cases including High Court litigation, enforcement proceedings, and international arbitration under the Rules of LCIA, ICC, SCC and other institutions. Through the network we have built up in Russia/CIS we have also been able to help many of our international clients with Russia/CIS business projects – ranging from setting up businesses and branches to helping with general commercial or highly specific contracts such as advertising and sponsorship contracts.

Artem Doudko joined the team in 2018 and leads the practice. Artem is an English qualified Solicitor Advocate who has a strong reputation and profile in his field. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Artem has extensive experience of cases under all the major arbitral rules, including both commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. He regularly advises on significant and complex international litigation and arbitration matters, covering a wide range of issues including strategic, substantive, jurisdictional and conflict of laws issues. Artem has acted for major corporate groups, ultra high net worth individuals, states and state-owned entities.

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The work

Recent work completed by the team includes:

We were instructed in respect of a dispute between Russian owners of a business in the cryptocurrency sector. We assisted our client in reaching a settlement whereby he acquired the entire business.

We were instructed in respect of another shareholder dispute regarding a Russian insurance business. The dispute is on-going.

We were instructed in respect of claims brought by holders of certain financial instruments against the past owners of a Russian bank and related entities. We successfully resisted the jurisdiction of the English courts in the dispute.

Following the COVID pandemic, our client’s business in the aviation industry was interrupted resulting in potential disputes with various counterparties. We were instructed in early 2020 by the client and have since then have assisted the client in reaching amicable settlements with all of the counterparties, resulting in substantive payments to our client.

The team

Our Commercial Disputes team operates across all of our UK offices and is made up of almost 50 lawyers in total, including 14 partners. Artem Doudko, head of the Russia/CIS practice, is based in London.

Technical skills and experience

You will be a UK qualified lawyer, preferably with fluent Russian language skills, who has gained knowledge and experience of Russia/CIS disputes at a firm with a strong reputation in this area. Experience of arbitration would also be an advantage. Due to the technical nature of the work and the structure of the team, we are looking to hire an Associate or Senior Associate in this area, although we will consider candidates with more or less experience.

Your career development

Like all our lawyers, you will benefit from our multi-award winning career development programme. At each stage of your career this provides you with:

  • clear expectations of your role and what it takes to progress;
  • high quality clients and work, with early responsibility and client exposure;
  • thorough assessment and individual feedback from a range of experienced colleagues;
  • robust technical training with early skills based development, increasingly tailored to you; and
  • reward for your contribution, progression and potential, rather than PQE or tenure.

Salary and benefits

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits.

For more information or to apply

At Osborne Clarke we welcome direct applications – if you would like any further information about the role, or the firm, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact, in complete confidence, Emily Webb in the recruitment team on or 0117 917 3072.

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