Guidance on Russian Sanctions

In recent weeks the Government of Canada has introduced new sanctions against Russia and related parties in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. These sanctions – imposing an asset freeze and prohibiting dealings with designated persons, including individuals and entities – have important implications for legal professionals.
 
Lawyers are expected to familiarize themselves with the sanctions and exercise due diligence in determining whether the sanctions apply to a matter or client they are dealing with. Due to the evolving nature of the situation, it’s essential to stay up to date on any changes to the sanctions. Members are reminded of their duty to comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and territorial laws, including the sanctions.
 
To assist, members of the Federation of Law Societies’ Policy Counsel Counterpart Group – a group of senior law society policy counsel and managers – have developed guidance for lawyers on the implication of the sanctions for legal professionals.
 
Please review the Canadian Sanctions Related to Russia and Belarus: Implications for the Profession. If you have questions, contact the Society’s Legal Services Support at lss@nsbs.org.