Illarion Igorevich Girs, LL.M

Master of International and European Law

International Lawyer | Negotiator | Mediator

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

Imagine a pro 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 an all-rounder professional.

PRACTISING since 2001
Fair in deed, flexible in dealing
  • Unconventional generalist
Result-oriented generalist 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 included.

An in-depth experience in legal support and representation of 'tax havens' harboured businesses is included as well.

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.
  • Up to the level: international and intercultural competency
The volume of the projects advised on over the years of practice totals around $5 billions, and the geographical reach of the practice covers two dozen countries on three continents.

Lived and worked in different political systems, accustomed and comfortable in international, intercultural and multilingual environment.

Practising internationally with a good deal of work related to high-calibre projects, I have interacted, maintaining comparable standards with global law firms such as White & Case, King & Spalding and Baker McKenzie.

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.
"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
It is worth a try
'Mediation' means a structured negotiation process, whereby the conflicting parties attempt to reach a mutually agreeable solution with the assistance of a mediator, who is an independent and neutral.

It's the most flexible, confidential and least formal way to settle a dispute. It's the same legal as litigation but cost-effective and quick.

It's all 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.

  • Seasoned 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.

  • Integrity encoded
The European Code of Conduct for Mediators — these are the professional integrity rules I adhere to in practicing mediation.
"I had learnt the true practice of law [·] 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
Selected References
Let Others Speak Well Of You
"Mr Girs appeared to be a strong generalist lawyer with excellent managerial and negotiating skills. [·] He is a gifted inborn lawyer and his passion for law makes him capable of turning good theory into practice."

— Roman Borisovich Zheglov, Chief Legal Officer
Inlat Law Firm / Latvia

"Not a typical lawyer. He is not only into law, but into justice, and he is not only into words, but into truth."

— Prof. Alexander Bretz, Advocate
Design Law Force / Germany
"Mr Girs showed admirable determination and discipline in work. [·] He is inquisitive, analytical, intelligent and he has a very important sense of justice."

— Prof. Ineta Ziemele, Dr. iur.,
Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union,
former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights and President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia
Strasbourg / Riga / Luxembourg

"He is always thinking beyond the box, creative in finding solutions and above all, he has persistence and character to tackle the most nuanced issues."

— Tatjana Evas, Dr. iur.,
Legal and Policy Officer
European Commission / Brussels
Illarion Igorevich Girs, LL.M
International Lawyer | Negotiator | Mediator / 0044 7999 258 362
11 Belmont Street, London, England, NW1 8HJ, Great Britain