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Maya Lester

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 6 departments
Ranked in : Sanctions , Administrative & Public Law , Civil Liberties & Human Rights , Public International Law , European Law , Competition Law
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Maya Lester QC
The leading sanctions mind at the Bar, providing unparalleled expertise to companies and individuals on listing and relisting challenges, enforcement matters and related commercial litigation and arbitration. She has a superb command of EU and US sanctions regimes, including legal developments concerning US secondary sanctions.
Strengths: "She has become the go-to expert on sanctions." "She is incredibly responsive and very quick."
Recent work: Acted for Palladyne International Asset Management in Cayman Islands litigation involving the question of whether dismissing the directors of a fund owned by the Libyan state constituted a breach of sanctions against Libya.
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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

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Maya Lester QC
Brings deep expertise in EU, human rights and sanctions law to domestic and international public law proceedings. Recently she has been involved in high-profile national security disputes. She receives instructions from individuals, NGOs and public bodies. 
Strengths: "Very clever and a good strategist, also very client-friendly." "Exceptionally responsive in difficult times for the client."
Recent work: Acted for Omega Flex in challenging a decision of the British Standards Institute to withdraw a British Standard for the manufacture and installation of steel tubing, on the grounds that it was unsafe to do so while no European standard existed.
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)

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Maya Lester QC
She routinely acts for both private and public respondents and applicants in human rights cases. She has vast experience of appearing before domestic and EU courts, and is particularly knowledgeable on the subject of EU sanctions. She fields further expertise in matters involving torture, religious freedom and freedom of speech.
Strengths: "A real powerhouse, she is forever coming up with new angles and ideas."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Kanthappu Arumugam & 15 Others v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a rare challenge in the Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission, to the proscription of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as a terrorist organisation.
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Public International Law - London (Bar)

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Maya Lester QC
Offers especial expertise in economic sanctions, and undertakes significant work in a range of international legal disciplines, with recent work involving close scrutiny of the Treaty on European Union. Among other clients, she acts on behalf of investors in various arbitral proceedings.
Strengths: "Her professional skills, teamwork and commitment to her client's cause and case are superb."
Recent work: Acted for two dual Russian/Cyprus nationals and their families, challenging the decision by Cyprus to revoke their Cypriot nationality on the basis of a politically motivated investigation in Russia.
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European Law - London (Bar)

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Maya Lester QC
Attracts considerable attention both for her sanctions practice and for her work in key ECJ referral cases, as well as her involvement in the leading Brexit-related litigation. She has advised in commercial disputes arising within the sensitive context of conflicting sanctions regimes in the USA and the EU. She also appeals EC competition decisions before the CJEU and assists with important cases on the execution of European arrest warrants.
Strengths: "She has incredible clarity of writing."
Recent work: Acted for Omega Flex in a judicial review concerning the British Standards Institute's withdrawal of a standard for steel tubing, on the grounds that no EU standard existed.
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Competition Law - London (Bar)

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Maya Lester QC
Acts for key financial services clients on CJEU cases that seek to overturn EC cartel decisions or that raise procedural issues relating to the disclosure of findings from investigations. She also defends follow-on damages claims and assists with appeals against decisions made by UK regulators. Lester has a number of clients in the energy and technology industries.
Strengths: "Maya is absolutely incredible to work with."
Recent work: Advised Cooperative Group on an investigation by the Groceries Code Adjudicator.
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Maya Lester QC has a wide-ranging practice in public law, EU & competition law, sanctions, and human rights. She regularly appears in leading cases in the courts of England and Luxembourg and in the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Maya has a particular expertise in the law relating to economic sanctions, and founded and co-writes the leading online resource on sanctions law (europeansanctions.com). She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals on sanctions issues and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL, and regularly gives evidence to parliamentary committees. Her most significant cases include Wightman (the Brexit ECJ case on the revocability of Article 50), R (Bancoult) v Secretary of State (the Chagos Islands litigation in the UK and ECHR), Enron v EWS (the first follow-on competition damages trial in the UK, and several subsequent follow-on damages actions & competition appeals), the Shambo judicial review (on bovine TB), and Walker v Innospec (civil partners pensions). Maya appears in judicial reviews of regulatory decisions (eg Cityhook, UniChem), competition appeals (including EURIBOR, Pay TV, horseracing, dairy, and construction recruitment forum) and damages actions (including Enron and National Grid).

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