LAW FIRM DIRECTORY

Editor's note

OLEKSIY NASADYUK

HEAD OF THT 50 LEADING LAW FIRMS OF UKRAINE ANNUAL RESEARCH PROGRAM

Structural changes in the legal market this year should be considered not only in the context of sensational mergers between well-known brands. The blurring of lines between the "classical bar" and the market of legal services for business is becoming more and more obvious. The demand for legal assistance in criminal cases and dispute resolution is stimulating an increase in the number of lawyers in law firms. For transactional practices, professional guarantees of the bar are of interest, including in instances of "visits" by law-enforcement officers in cases involving their clients. The reverse side of this process is the more active participation of business attorneys in the life of the community and promotion of its interests. Against the background of initiatives to reform the bar, it was consolidation that could raise a single legal services market to a qualitatively new level, but this has not been observed to date.