• 'Highly respected set that has considerable understanding of the interplay between crime and regulatory work' Chambers UK 2017
  • 'A very impressive depth of counsel' Legal 500 2016
  • 'Regularly sought out to handle high-profile matters' Chambers UK 2017


A Chambers with a rare expertise in Sanctions; Members have advised at all stages from internal investigations into non-compliance to representation in trial and appeal.


Recent years have seen a striking expansion of international sanctions. The Trump Administration has introduced a new level of uncertainty, placing a premium on advice that factors in the latest developments.

Although Governments seek to coordinate sanctions programmes, EU and US proposals do not always sit in parallel. These major jurisdictions consult on sanctions policy but there remain profound differences. Further, within the EU, licensing decisions fall within the purview of National Authorities, and prosecutorial jurisdiction is a national matter. It is essential that corporations and individuals based in or conducting business in the UK seek guidance on Sanctions with an eye to UK-specific interpretations and procedures.  

QEB Hollis Whiteman has significant experience of acting for individuals and corporate entities affected by United Nations and European Union sanctions regimes. With a practice of both defending and prosecuting sanctions breach allegations, we are well placed to advise on the avoidance of potential violations. Members of Chambers are involved in leading cases at a domestic and international level, drawing upon their expertise in business crime and the regulatory field. 

Our Experience

Chambers advises at all stages, including: internal investigations into suspected non-compliance; advice on compliance; pre-charge interviews; and representation at Court.  Chambers can assist with challenges to listing decisions and damages claims arising out of unlawful listings. We are in a good position to assist with US and/or UK discussions on deferred or non-prosecution agreements.

Members are experienced in the following matters, in particular: interpretation and scope of UK and international sanctions measures and other like regulations; application within the UK of international law; obtaining and using evidence from foreign jurisdictions; the use of restraint and freezing orders including extra-jurisdictional measures; and negotiations with domestic and foreign regulators and prosecutors.

We aim to ensure that organisations are able to operate effectively without breaching sanctions or like legislation. Should a breach be suggested, however, we are accustomed to addressing commercially-sensitive allegations in an effective and discreet manner.

Notable Cases


Recent Cases

R v PD & EB (2012)

After 4 1/2 years, proceedings in the prosecution of PD and EB for Iraqi sanctions busting finally...

R v S (2012)

Tom Kark QC and Rachna Gokani instructed by Russell Jones and Walker Solicitors successfully...

Iraqi Sanction-Busting Offence Invalid (2011)

Adrian Darbishire and Rachna Gokani represented two individuals charged with a series of offences...