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Sanctions guidance

Purpose: To assist counsel and professional support staff with understanding the structure of UK sanctions and the relevant ethical obligations
Scope of application: All practising barristers
Issued by: The Money Laundering and Sanctions Working Group
First reviewed: 28/06/2024
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

This guidance is for barristers practising in England and Wales and their professional support staff. It focuses on barristers’ professional obligations, and chambers’ systems and controls. This guidance is not legal advice. It outlines the structure of UK sanctions, gives links to relevant guidance and to the Bar professional conduct rules relevant to compliance with sanctions.



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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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