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Sanctions Law

The imposition of international sanctions is a method used by a country or state against another country, state or organisation with the intention of applying political or economic pressure in order to protect national security interests, or to protect international law, and defend against threats to international peace and security. Sanctions will often include the temporary imposition on a target of economic, trade, diplomatic, cultural or other restrictions that are lifted when the motivating security concerns no longer apply, or when no new threats have arisen.

According to Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, only the UN Security Council has a mandate by the international community to apply sanctions (Article 41) that must be complied with by all UN member states (Article 2,2). They serve as the international community’s most powerful peaceful means to prevent threats to international peace and security or to settle them.

It should also be noted that sanctions can unilaterally be imposed by one country against another without the backing of the United Nations.

Blackstone Solicitors provides a wide range of expert legal services to companies and individuals looking to trade across borders. Every company operating across these borders needs to plan for the potential effect of sanctions on their business, how to manage the risks, and how to position itself to operate safely by taking decisions that make business sense. Companies that properly formulate their objectives, plan their strategy and implement it well will benefit from being in a better position to navigate sanctions when they hit and often have a competitive advantage.

Find out more about the services we offer and how we can help you by getting in touch today. Simply call us on 020 3019 8884 or 0161 929 0121. Or, simply click here to make a free enquiry and we will call you back as soon as possible.

“I would like to thank Blackstone solicitors for their professional and friendly advice they gave to me to help me through a distressing experience. Thankfully the outcome was very satisfactory. If I require the help of a solicitor in the future I will not hesitate to contact them again.”


Our services

We can assist individuals and companies in relation to the following issues:

Who and what can be targeted by international sanctions?

  • States (including their public authorities)
  • Individuals, entities or bodies
  • Organisations
  • Vessels and aircraft

What are the main risks from sanctions for companies?

  • Disruption to business. During an international stand-off, governments often resort to blocking trade and finance.
  • Loss of assets and other investment in emerging markets that become targeted by sanctions.
  • Potentially severe penalties – a serious breach of sanctions is generally a criminal offence, with large fines payable and the possibility of prison sentences for individuals.
  • Damage to an individual or company’s reputation.
  • Time and distraction for management to deal with sanctions breaches, particularly if there is risk of regulatory or reputational consequences.
  • Terminated services/contracts.

Our approach

Our client’s contact will be Emma Nawaz, and the work will then be carried out by the most appropriate specialist lawyer at our firm.

We place our clients and their needs first and will act tenaciously to ensure they have the very best chance of securing the outcome they are after.

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For more information about Sanctions law and how we can assist you, contact us today. Simply call us on 020 3019 8884 or 0161 929 0121. Or, click here to make a free enquiry and we will call you back. Blackstone has offices in Cheshire and London and serves people throughout the UK and internationally.

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