Vitalii Diakov is a member of the National Bar Association of Ukraine and has been practicing as a lawyer since 2010. He arrived in Scotland from Odesa with his wife Hanna at the outbreak of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Vitalii completed an accredited mediation course at St Andrews University and volunteers with Sheriff Courts and the Citizens Advice Bureau. He is currently studying online for an LLM in Mediation and International Dispute Resolution.
Since settling in Dundee, Vitalii and Hanna have established Ukrainians Together in Scotland, a social enterprise working with newly arrived families and local authorities to overcome barriers to successful communication and integration through using conflict resolution and trauma-informed practice. Ukrainians Together actively participates in the Regional Integration Network established by Scottish Refugee Council.