Russia and Ukraine: exploring the impact of sanctions, the practicalities and ethics of representation and what the future holds

Please join us on 7 April at 6pm at Kingsley Napley or remotely for a fascinating seminar and discussion on the future of Russia’s involvement in the international community, the Ukraine Justice Alliance and the practicalities and ethics involved in representing those subject to, or at risk of, sanctions. We are fortunate to have the following panel, chaired by Áine Kervick, Senior Associate at Kingsley Napley:
Mr. Sergey Golubok – Prominent lawyer and human rights defender, frequently against the Russian Federation
Dr Anna Bradshaw – Partner at Peters & Peters and a co-editor of The Guide to Sanctions
Mr. Ben Brandon – Partner & Barrister at Mischon de Reya, member of the Ukraine Justice Alliance.

There will be a drinks reception after the talk, so we invite as many members as possible to attend in person. Please RSVP to DELF at, and indicate whether you are attending in person or remotely.

Urgent meeting for all DELF Members to discuss the Russian Federation’s Invasion of Ukraine – 2 March 2022 – 8:30am

Please join us at 8:30am on Wednesday 2 March 2022, for a breakfast Zoom meeting to discuss the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine and how DELF should respond. We will look to discuss what, if anything, DELF should be doing to support practitioners in the Ukraine, whether DELF should be involved in any representations to the Government concerning extradition arrangements with Russia and Belarus and any other ideas members might have as to the steps DELF can and should take. 
For your information, please see the ECBA’s statement that it has released and its e-mail to its members.
All views will be welcome and Chatham House Rules will apply.
Please RSVP to and you will be sent the link.

International Officer

To help develop and build our relationships with our members outside the UK, the Committee would like to appoint one of our international members to join the Committee as our International Officer. If you are outside the UK and interested in joining the Committee, please can you send expressions of interest, with a short paragraph detailing what you consider DELF could do for international members, to by 4pm on 3 December 2021. The Committee will then vote to appoint one applicant.

John Jones QC Essay Competition 2021

We are delighted to launch the John Jones QC Essay Competition, which is open to law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and legal practitioners up to 3 years PQE or call (or equivalent).  

John RWD Jones QC was a superb barrister, specialising in extradition, international law and human rights. He represented clients in many of the leading cases of the day, including Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, and Julian Assange. John was also a gifted academic lawyer, with publications including a textbook with Antonio Cassese, the eminent international lawyer, and a leading practitioner text on extradition. John sadly passed away in April 2016 and DELF continues to honour his memory through its annual essay competition in his name. 

A judging panel consisting of the Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring, Edward Fitzgerald QC and Jasvinder Nakhwal will select the winning essay. 

The winner will receive a prize of £750 and 2022 DELF Membership. Second place will receive a prize of £250 and 2022 DELF Membership. Third place will receive 2022 DELF Membership. In addition, all three will receive copies of “Extradition law: a practitioner’s guide”, written by Edward Grange and Rebecca Niblock and very kindly donated by the Legal Action Group.

Please find further details of the competition here and do encourage those you know to enter.

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