Nadezhda Ilyushina

Head of Employment Practice (Russia), Advocate

Nadezhda Ilyushina, Head of Employment (Russia), Advocate, has more than 15 years of extensive practical experience advising clients from various industries on labour and immigration law, and personal data protection. Nadezhda successfully acts for employers in court and complex disputes with all type of staff; provides legal support during audits by and court disputes with government authorities; assists in mediating conflicts with employees; helps clients during investigations into industrial accidents and provides comprehensive legal support on other labour issues, including those relating to structuring employment of foreign citizens in Russia, regulation of and structuring labour relations with top managers, personnel restructuring, including staff redundancy, hiring and firing, disciplinary liability, bonus payments, short and long term incentive programmes, communications with trades unions, etc.

Nadezhda has handled a wide range of company due diligence projects with a view to identifying labour risks and providing recommendations on how to mitigate or avoid them.

Nadezhda was named 2016 Labour and Employment Law ‘Lawyer of the Year’ by Best Lawyers and was also selected by peers as one of the best lawyers in Russia in the field of Labour and Employment Law (2016-2022), Immigration Law (2021-2022) and Employee Benefits Law (2022), according to Best Lawyers in Russia.

For several years in a row, Nadezhda is recommended in the area of labour and employment law by the leading international legal directories, such as The Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Europe.

According to The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 (Band 2): “Nadezhda Ilyushina has vast experience, which helps her to provide clients with an excellent service and offer legal advice on complex cases at a very high level.”

Since 2018, Nadezhda Ilyushina has co-chaired the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham) HR Committee.

Led by Nadezha Ilyushina, The Employment Practice (Russia) has for several years now been top ranked by prestigious legal ratings (Tier 2 by The Legal 500 2015-2021, in Band 2 by Chambers Europe 2013-2021, Band 1 by 2018-2019).

The Legal 500 2021: “Everyone knows they have awesome expertise! A creative approach to each case, a desire to give practical advice, and not just rewrite the law.”

Track Record

The following projects were carried out under Nadezhda’s supervision:

  • Advised Uralkali, one of the world’s largest potash producers, on its global review of employment arrangements. The comprehensive review covered a number of jurisdictions on most of the continents relevant to operations of the client.
  • Assisting a major US cosmetics manufacturer during the process of reduction of staff by 15% all over Russia (150 out of 900) which lasted for around 6 months as we well as successfully represented and protected the company’s interests in a labour dispute with the company’s former employee dismissed for improper fulfillment of his employment duties;
  • Assisting one of the biggest retail companies, specializing in sales of household products, during the procedure of investigation of a labour (industrial) accident;
  • Successfully representing the interests of one of the international banks in a labour dispute with one of its former top-managers who was dismissed under the staff reduction procedure in relation to reinstatement of such top-manager in a position;
  • Assisting one of the biggest FMCG companies with mediation of a labour conflict with one of its key employee, assisted the company with termination of this employee due to improper fulfillment of employment duties as well as successfully represented the company’s interests in court during a dispute with said employee challenging the dismissal and claiming the reinstatement in his position;
  • Assisted one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies and provided comprehensive support during the procedure of reduction of the company’s employees working “distantly” (from home) in one of the Russian regions which included preparation of the plan and a set of documents for the staff reduction, provision of advice on the employees’ notification on the forthcoming reduction taking into account their “distant” character of work as well as communications with the employees. The project also included successful representation an protection of the company’s interests in court against those employees challenging the dismissal and claiming reinstatement in their position.
  • Delivery of a training to shareholders of major car dealer in relation to general requirements of the Russian labour legislation in terms of the employee’s termination as well as their practical implementation;
  • Participation in management of a conflict with an employee of premium spirits manufacturer in connection with a negative information about the company published by such employee in a social network;
  • Provision of an extensive advice to well logging company on provisions and requirements of Russian immigration legislation and their practical implementation in several Russian regions;
  • Participating in a project in relation to representation of interests of a float-glass manufacturer during the audit performed by the immigration authorities in relation to observance by the company of immigration law requirements during construction of a plant;
  • Successfully representing of interests of a major pharmaceutical company in a labour disputes connected with payment of “Northern” mark-ups and additional mandatory coefficient payments to employees working in Northern and equal regions of Russia.

Nadezhda is also an author of numerous articles and other publications on aspects of labour law, immigration law and court practice.