8th April 2022


Lord Garnier QC, Ian Gaunt and Anna Hoffmann share some reflections on the situation in Ukraine, the sanctions regime, the types of disputes that may arise, the new Economic Crime Act, the role of lawyers, and effective relief avenues.

Nothing in this podcast constitutes legal advice and any political views expressed are the speaker’s own and not those of 4 Pump Court, the LMAA or Maritime London.

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Lord Garnier QC – Edward is a highly experienced silk in England & Wales and Northern Ireland. His practice includes corporate advisory and financial services work, corporate crime and international human rights as well as defamation, privacy, confidence, malicious falsehood, contempt and related media law cases. His extensive experience in practice is underpinned by a parallel career in politics and as one of the Government’s two Law Officers: he served as an MP from 1992 until 2017 and was HM Solicitor General from 2010 to 2012. He is now in the House of Lords.

Ian Gaunt – Ian is a full time Arbitrator in international maritime cases and Past President of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association. Ian is a graduate of Cambridge University and a Barrister (non-practising). He is a member of the Baltic Exchange and a member of the Board of Maritime London. From 1999 to 2008 he was Senior Vice President-International of Carnival Corporation the world’s leading cruise shipping company and responsible to the Chief Executive for contracting and implementation of the group’s large-scale shipbuilding programme. From 2003 to 2008 he was also a main board director of the UK P and I Club. He has been actively engaged as an arbitrator in cases involving international shipbuilding and ship sale and purchase disputes since 2008. He is the co-author, with Simon Curtis and William Cecil, of the 5th edition of The Law of Shipbuilding Contracts (published May 2020).

Anna Hoffmann – Anna is a barrister with a background in public policy. She has a broad commercial practice, including regular instructions in maritime and technology disputes. Many of her cases have an international element. She has substantial arbitration experience and often deals with difficult jurisdictional questions. She also practices in the areas of climate law and corporate accountability, having worked on Município de Mariana & Ors v BHP Group plc and she is presently on secondment to Client Earth. Anna was instructed together with Lord Garnier QC on the Prorogation Case: R (on the application of Miller) v The Prime Minister.

For further information about the initiatives mentioned in the podcast, please see links below.

Ukrainian Institute

Disasters Emergency Committee

Red Cross – Ukraine crisis appeal

Save the Children – Ukraine crisis

If you have any enquiries relating to sanction based disputes, please see the link below for further information.

NB: According to the IEA, “Russia relies heavily on revenues from oil and natural gas, which in 2021 made up 45% of Russia’s federal budget.” (https://www.iea.org/countries/russia)

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