Illarion Igorevich Girs, LL.M

Master of International and European Law

International Lawyer | Negotiator | Mediator

Imagine a lawyer who takes a genuine interest in your success as if it was his own.

Imagine a lawyer who understands the value at stake, who truly represents your interests, who is creative and committed to obtaining the best result for you.

I am that kind of a lawyer.

PRACTISING since 2001
Fair in deed, flexible in dealing
  • Unconventional generalist
Result-oriented lawyer with extensive experience in the fields of contract and business law, negotiations and dispute resolution.

Comprehensive background in intellectual property, constitutional, administrative and criminal law.

In-depth experience in legal support and representation of 'tax havens' harboured businesses.

Anti-Money-Laundering, Anti-Corruption and Corporate Governance certified by the International Compliance Association.

  • Effective trouble-shooter
Skilled in handling multidisciplinary tasks, including work with the media and politically charged matters.
  • Courtroom Tested
Professional score accounts for dozens of lawsuits, some corporate warfare, hundreds of negotiations and all kinds of deals.

Worked on cases in the European Court of Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Listed among arbitrators available for appointment at the London Court of International Arbitration.

  • Strictly Confidential
Confidential to the greatest extent possible. The secrets entrusted are carefully guarded.

  • Beyond the purely legal
Real life demands an advice beyond the purely legal, and it is an integral part of the services provided.
  • International, intercultural
    and multilungual competency
Geographically widespread London based law practice. Besides the Baltics, Russia, England and Maldives has had been instructed in cases in Singapore, Switzerland, Czechia, Poland, India, Italy, Cyprus, Taiwan and other countries.

Lived and worked in different political systems, accustomed to international and multilingual environment. Peaceably dealt with with people of different religious and cultural background. We are humans after all, and that's the common ground for understanding.

Working languages are Russian, English and Lettish. National frontiers and differences of legal systems do not confine. Speaking the language of the case, ready to be where needed.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

— Abraham Lincoln, 'Notes on the Practice of Law', 1850
Mediation first
Mediation is the most flexible and least formal confidential process used to settle a dispute.

It involves a mediator, who is an independent and neutral, assisting the parties talk through the issues, negotiate, and come to a mutually agreeable solution.

It's about peacemaking.
  • Practically driven natural
Litigation lawyer turned mediator - for I have seen too many cases that could have had much better outcome, if genuinely tried for out of court resolution. So, my turn into mediation was natural, it is a bonanza of effectiveness that comes from neutrality of the role.

  • Mature mediator
I got myself the International Mediation Institute qualified mediator on top of two decades of related professional experience. By way of practice I'm able and keen to neutrally facilitate any kind of negotiations, especially in civil and commercial matters.

  • Integrity encoded
The European Code of Conduct for Mediators — these are the professional integrity rules I adhere to in practicing mediation.
My joy was boundless. I had learnt the true practice of law. I had learnt to find out the better side of human nature and enter men's hearts. I realised that the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder. The lesson was so indelibly burnt into me that a large part of my time during the 20 years of my practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing about private compromises of hundreds of cases. I lost nothing thereby, not even money, certainly not my soul.

— Mahatma Ghandhi, 'An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth', 1927
He has a sound tactical sense and an instinct for what will work in furthering the interests of his clients.
Michael Ian Birnbaum, Queen's Counsel,
formerly a Recorder at the Crown Court
and Special Advocate in terrorism cases
He is inquisitive, analytical, intelligent and he has a very important sense of justice.
Prof. Ineta Ziemele, Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union, formerly a Judge at the European Court of Human Rights and President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia
He is not only into law, but into justice, and he is not only into words, but into truth.
Prof. Alexander Bretz, Advocate
He is a gifted inborn lawyer and his passion for law makes him capable of turning good theory into practice.
Roman Borisovich Zheglov, Managing Partner
Illarion Igorevich Girs, LL.M
International Lawyer | Negotiator | Mediator / 0044 7999 258 362
11 Belmont Street, London, England, NW1 8HJ, Great Britain