Maya Lester QC is a barrister at Brick Court Chambers, specialising in sanctions law. She was educated at Cambridge University and Yale Law School before becoming a barrister in 2000 and a QC in 2016. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts (including on the new UK Sanctions Act, the EU Blocking Regulation, sanctions contract clauses and investigations) and has acted in most of the leading cases. She founded and co-writes the blog www.europeansanctions.com (the main international sanctions legal resource, with over 7000 followers worldwide). Maya has given evidence to four parliamentary inquiries on sanctions and spoken at numerous conferences. The legal directories describe her as “Queen of the Sanctions Bar without a doubt”.