Maya Lester QC named Practitioner of the Year in WorldECR Awards 2018

Maya-Lester.jpgMaya Lester QC has been given the World Export Controls Review practitioner of the year award (announced here). Maya is the first non American to win this award since its launch in 2015, due to what they describe as her “truly significant” contribution to sanctions law and its ongoing development. The WorldECR Awards “recognise outstanding work, vision, best practice, commercial benefit to the company, and contribution to international security, of organisations and individuals working in the fields of export control and sanctions compliance and non-proliferation”. They describe Maya as “a top-of-the-class performer at the top of her game”.

Lord Anderson of Ipswich KBE QC who nominated Maya, spoke of the ‘remarkable legal practice and experience Maya has developed in the field of sanctions, which is unparalleled in its depth and breadth … the vision, energy and commitment Maya gives to the world of sanctions, in particular by her daily work on the sanctions blog she co-founded … [and her] position as an authority and thought-leader on sanctions not only for clients seeking her assistance, but also for governments, legislatures and journalists.’

Details for Peters & Peters sanctions breakfast seminar next Tuesday

PrintAs previously advertised, Peters & Peters is hosting a breakfast on Tuesday 26 June 2018 entitled ‘Collision Course? The future of US, EU and UK sanctions policy’.

Venue will now be the Common Room at the Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL.

Time: 8.30am – 10am

Speakers: Barbara Linney (Miller & Chevalier in Washington DC), Maya Lester QC (Brick Court Chambers and and William Dodsworth (Head of Financial Crime Policy at Barclays) moderated by Anna Bradshaw (Peters & Peters).

The panelists will discuss the broad reach of US primary and secondary sanctions, EU and UK responses to developments in US sanctions policy including the proposed EU blocking legislation and the repercussions for businesses as they seek to negotiate conflicts of laws and financial crime risk.

Further details on this event and how to register are here:

Sanctions & Brexit – questions please!

Brick Court Chambers.pngAs previously indicated, Brick Court Chambers is hosting an event this Thursday at 4.30pm at the Savoy Hotel (London) to explore the impact of Brexit on sanctions. Details here. Please send us questions for the panellists in advance to so we can include as many as possible in the discussion. Please let us know if would still like to register for this event or can no longer attend.

European Sanctions blog congratulates Lord Anderson KBE QC on peerage & knighthood

David Anderson QC.jpgDavid Anderson QC, former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation in the UK (whose reports are regularly referred to on this blog) and barrister at Brick Court Chambers, has just been appointed to a cross-bench peerage (ie a non-party lifetime appointment to the House of Lords, the second legislative chamber of the UK Parliament). He has also been granted a knighthood. He is (inter alia!) a leading advocate in key sanctions cases in the European Court including the leading case Kadi I. Brick Court Chambers announcement here.

21 June Brexit sanctions event – VENUE CHANGE TO SAVOY

Due to a wonderfully large number of positive responses we have changed the London venue for this Brick Court Chambers event to a larger one.  It will be very topical – the new Sanctions & AML Act 2018 became law last week which enacts the new legal framework for sanctions post Brexit. Topics and speakers for this event are here.   The venue is now:

Savoy Hotel – Lancaster Room

London WC2R 0BP (River Entrance on Savoy Place off Victoria Embankment)

21 June 2018

4.15pm registration for 4.30pm start

4.30pm – 7pm panel discussion

7pm reception in the lovely River Room

If you haven’t already done so, please confirm your place by emailing and please let us know if you can no longer attend.