Partners on alert over Russia work as 'new Cold War' tensions turn up scrutiny on client connections

Lawyers in the Russian market on the 'wake-up call' for firms to check their client list

In December last year, Boris Johnson became the first UK foreign secretary to visit Russia in five years. Now, following claims and counter-claims about the Salisbury nerve agent attack, his visit seems unlikely to be repeated soon, as talk of a ‘new Cold War’ grows louder.

The legal industry has played its own role in the unfolding drama, with US President Donald Trump’s lawyers drawn into the investigation into Russian election interference, and Conservative MP and foreign affairs committee chair Tom Tugendhat going so far as to call on lawyers to consider the “moral decisions” they take when they engage with Russian clients.

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