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Violetta Onishchenko, Paralegal at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Family law, Private wealth


Violetta is a paralegal in the family law department. She joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2016 after completing the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Prior to this, Violetta worked at another City law firm. She qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2019.

Violetta has expertise in addressing the family and private client needs of high net worth clients from the Russian Federation and beyond. She also has particular knowledge of drafting complex international marital agreements and of the interrelationship between private client, particularly tax and trusts, and family work.

A native Russian speaker, Violetta works with James Stewart, family partner and co-head of the private wealth sector group, on complex international cases, many of which have a Russian or CIS dimension.

Recent work highlights

  • Assisting on an ultra-high net worth Anglo-Russian divorce involving family wealth, complex offshore structures and immigration issues.
  • Supporting senior members of the family team on the drafting of a pre-marital agreement for a Russian client, from the start of the case (including client pitch) to its completion.
  • Assisting on the preparation of an ultra-high value post-marital agreement for a CIS client, which included the restructuring of significant family trusts, analysis of loan agreements and drafting of numerous deeds.

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