John Binns, Anoushka Warlow and Umar Azmeh to deliver Lexology Webinar on The UK’s Sanctions Regime: Navigating an Ever-Moving Horizon

John Binns, Anoushka Warlow and Umar Azmeh to deliver Lexology Webinar on The UK’s Sanctions Regime: Navigating an Ever-Moving Horizon

BCL’s John Binns, Anoushka Warlow and Umar Azmeh will be delivering a webinar in partnership with Lexology, 12th October, 03:00 – 04:00 PM BST, titled ”The United Kingdom’s sanctions regime: navigating an ever-moving horizon”.

Register for this webinar here through the Lexology website.

Here’s a brief description of the webinar’s topic:


Prior to its departure from the European Union, the UK sanctions laws were largely derived from the decisions of the EU institutions. That of course changed with Brexit, with the UK seeking to develop an independent and pioneering sanctions framework. A major test of this was the Russian invasion of Ukraine in early 2022. Using enabling primary legislation – the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 – and regulations, the UK rapidly sanctioned a large number of individuals and entities. However, core elements of its new regime are opaque which raise significant difficulties for designed persons and their professional advisors, elements that may only become clear following challenges.

During this webinar we will analyse key aspects of the UK sanctions regime as it applies to designated persons and associated businesses, including:

The regime:

  • Background
  • The Russia Regulations including the politics and de-risking
  • The nuts and bolts of the prohibitions
  • General licensing
  • Civil penalties
  • Compliance

Issues for designated persons and associated businesses:

  • Practicalities
  • Specifics of licensing
  • Potential challenges (ministerial reviews and court challenges)
  • Coordination with other jurisdictions



John Binns is a specialist in proceeds of crime laws, cannabis regulation, sanctions, and tax investigations. He has extensive experience in financial crime, which also involves bribery and corruption, extradition, Interpol, fraud, market abuse, and the conduct of related civil proceedings. He is a prolific writer and speaker on a variety of topics.

Anoushka Warlow is a senior associate specialising in acting for individuals in complex, multi-jurisdictional, allegations of serious fraud, bribery and corruption.  She has been involved in many high-profile investigations and prosecutions brought by all the major domestic and international enforcement agencies.

Umar Azmeh is a solicitor at BCL, specialising in business crime, financial crime, and regulatory investigations. He has significant experience of criminal investigations involving money laundering and bribery, and has worked with clients on sanctions, tax, and proceeds of crime issues. He has expertise in commercial litigation, including civil fraud with an international dimension, and particularly where there is a criminal aspect.

Related articles