Banking and Financial Advice
The Iran Desk at Blackstone Solicitors is here to help Iranian citizens or those with an Iranian background who face difficulties with their bank accounts, assets and investments while residing in the UK. If you have experienced bank account closure, struggled to open a bank account or had difficulty moving your money between accounts, our dedicated team of lawyers can help.
Farsi speaking Rokhsareh Vahid heads up our Iran Desk. Born in Iran, she completed her legal training in the US and the UK. If you have difficulty with your banking, get in contact with us on 020 3693 4507 or 0161 929 0121. If you cannot get to a phone, fill out our online enquiry form and we will call you back.
There is a long history of unilateral sanctions on Iran that stretch back to 1979. Despite sanctions being lifted by the UK and the European Union in January 2016, some Iranian citizens in the UK still have difficulties with ordinary financial matters. Often, once an Iranian citizen has earned the right to live in the UK, they encounter issues when opening a bank account, and transferring funds from Iran into their accounts. Sometimes, these individuals face extensive questioning by the banks as well as account closures, and even more complicated issues such as being listed on the CIFAS database.
US sanctions against Iran remain in place and it is often these that causes banks to avoid doing business with Iran or Iranian citizens. Banks, businesses and individuals with minimal connections with the US could be severely prosecuted by Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ). Generally, OFAC and DOJ look to prosecute if any transaction involves anything tied to the US; for instance if it involves US citizens or if transactions are made in US Dollars.
To avoid the risk of prosecution and having to pay millions in fines for violating US-led sanctions, British-based banks have made a risk management decision to avoid any transactions related to Iran. This is despite the transactions being legal in the UK and not connected in any way with the US. This policy has led to tremendous difficulty for Iranian citizens in the UK, with some unable to access their money or freely move their funds between accounts and some being incorrectly listed on the CIFAS database.
One of our guiding principles at Blackstone is to provide a personalised service to each and every one of our clients. We are committed to helping Iranians and Britons of Iranian descent who have had their lives affected by Iran banking sanctions.
As with throughout the Blackstone team, our Iran Desk is committed to putting you first and fighting to achieve the right result for you. Our Iran Desk was established specifically to help Iranians and British citizens with Iranian ties.
We understand how difficult it can be to encounter issues related to your finances. We know how personal that is. We understand the need to work quickly and efficiently when it comes to your finances, and also the need for discretion.
Get in touch
Find out how we can help you by getting in touch with our Iran Desk today. Call our London based team on 020 3693 4507 or give our Manchester team a call on 0161 929 0121. Alternatively, fill out our online enquiry form and a solicitor will be in touch.
Blackstone has offices in Cheshire and London and serves clients across the country. This includes Manchester, Chester and other regions in the UK.