In this weekly update, we summarise the most notable updates in the UK sanctions world. If you have any questions in respect of any of the developments set out below, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our London Global and Government Trade team listed above.

1. Russia Sanctions

  • UK Department for International Trade revises general licence for vessels: On January 18, 2024, the UK's Department for International Trade revoked and replaced General Trade Licence Russia Sanctions – Vessels. Per Notice NTE 2024/02, the General Licence has been revised to include with its scope regulations relating to the import, supply and delivery of Schedule 3DA revenue generating goods as well as related services. (General Trade Licence Russia Sanctions - Vessels (
  • UK Government amends one entry on the UK sanctions list under the Russia regime: On January 15, 2024, the UK Government amended one entry on the Russia sanctions list relating to Svyatoslav Evgenievich Ostrovsky. This individual remains subject to an asset freeze and trust services sanctions. (
  • UK court rejects Graham Phillips' Sanctions Act challenge: On January 12, 2024, the Administrative Court gave judgment in England's first ever case to consider the relationship between financial sanctions and freedom of expression. Graham Phillips was sanctioned by the United Kingdom in July 2022 for producing propaganda videos from the Donbas region in Ukraine which were in favour of Russia and their invasion of Ukraine. Graham Phillips had challenged the UK's decision to designate him on the grounds that (i) the UK Government did not have the power to impose financial sanctions on a person on account of their political views, and (ii) his designation was a disproportionate restriction on his right to freedom of expression. The challenge was rejected. Among other things, the Court founds that (i) Mr Phillips' video content was propaganda in favour of the Russian invasion of Ukraine; (ii) the UK Government has the power to impose sanctions on an individual who supports or promotes policies or actions which destabilise Ukraine or undermine its territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence, including through acts of "expression", and (iii) the financial sanctions imposed on Phillips were proportionate. (Graham William Phillips v The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs - Find case law - The National Archives).

2. Belarus Sanctions

3. Other Sanctions

Originally Published 22 January 2024

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