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Rachel Barnes
Barrister at Three Raymond Buildings


Described as ‘One of the best navigators of the complex financial and trade sanctions regime’ (Chambers UK 2018), Rachel regularly advises and acts for national and international companies and individuals on international sanctions matters. She is known for her strategic approach in dealing with regulators and other third parties in cases involving alleged sanctions breaches and in assisting companies to comply with sanctions laws and regulations. Clients value her US background and knowledge of US OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) sanctions, as well as her wider practice in cross-border criminal investigations including corruption cases, extradition and MLA, public law and commercial cases. ‘In the American piece of the sanctions puzzle that most London counsel cannot fill, she can’ (Legal 500 2018).

Rachel’s academic background is also in the sanctions area: she has taught a graduate course on international sanctions at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and holds a doctorate from Cambridge University for her work on the UN Security Council’s use of economic sanctions. She is currently editing a Practitioner’s Guide to Sanctions.

Rachel is appointed to the Attorney General’s Public International Law Panel of Counsel (a small group whose members advise HM Government on matters of public international law and represent the Government in international and domestic litigation) and the Serious Fraud Office’s ‘A’ Panel of Counsel. She is a member of the New York Bar, having practised in the white collar crime team at Shearman & Sterling, New York before coming to the English Bar, and has experience of cases involving the SEC, OFAC, the DOJ (FCPA), and US Congressional inquiries.

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Agenda Sessions

  • Dealing with Iranian Sanctions - Recent Developments


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