Economic Sanctions

An increasing number of Landmark’s barristers have expertise in the law relating to economic sanctions and export controls. This includes sanctions derived from United Nations measures, EU legislation, and unilateral UK sanctions, whether they are targeted at governments, entities or individuals. Our in-depth expertise in EU law, international law, administrative & public law, human rights and commercial disputes means we are well placed to advise on the wide range of issues that such cases can involve. Our experience in this field covers annulment proceedings in the EU courts, judicial review litigation in the domestic courts, human rights damages claims and advisory/compliance work for banks and regulators.

Examples of our recent work include:

  • Rosneft’s and Gazprom’s applications to the EU General Court for the annulment of EU sanctions targeted at the Russian oil sector in the light of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine – Case T-715/14 NK Rosneft a.o. & others v European Council and Joined Cases T-735/14 & T-799/14 Gazprom Neft v Council;
  • R (Youssef) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] A.C. 1457 – concerning designation of an individual on the UN’s Consolidated List of persons subject to sanctions as members of Al-Qaida and its associates;
  • The Bank Mellat litigation regarding financial restrictions imposed on banking services with the purpose of hampering Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missiles programmes;
  • R (Ezz) v HM Treasury [2016] EWHC 1470 (Admin) – on the interpretation of the provision common to all EU asset freezing sanctions regulations that funds may be released where it is determined that they are “intended exclusively for reasonable professional fees associated with the provision of legal services”;
  • Advising the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation on issues relating to the sanctions imposed on the former President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.
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