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Maya Lester QC

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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 ( 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).