Sanctions and export controls

Leveraging sanctions expertise and positive engagement as the most well-connected industry body, recognised in promoting global sanctions compliance and providing a collective voice for industry-government dialogue.

At UK Finance we work with a vast array of different industry sectors, advisory firms, government, regulators and international bodies to ensure our members are put first in identifying good practice and ultimately improving the effectiveness of global sanctions compliance.

In the UK, we regularly engage with:






Department for Business and Trade


Meet the Team

Neil oversees the UK Finance sanctions programme and has worked in financial services for over 20 years, specialising in sanctions compliance since 2009. Prior to joining UK Finance, Neil had worked within sanctions remediation at a number of banks. Working closely with industry, government, regulators and educators Neil aims to make sanctions requirements clear and easier to understand. Neil regularly promotes CPD and diversity & inclusion.



Anila is a qualified Barrister at Law, responsible for advancing work in respect to the breadth of sanctions regimes and implementation at UK Finance, the collective voice for the banking and finance industry. Winner of the 2023 ICA Awards, Anila is recognised and celebrated as the Founder of the Women in Sanctions Forum and Co-host of the UK Finance Sanctions School podcast series, regularly bridging the gap as a generational leader promoting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.



Ed brings a deep understanding of government institutions, the Parliamentary process, and public policy to the Sanctions and Export Controls team. At UK Finance he previously worked with Public Affairs to advocate on behalf of the sector with senior political stakeholders during the passage of bills such as the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act. 

Prior to joining UK Finance, Ed achieved a BSc in Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE) and was a policy researcher to Chris Philp MP, developing Philp's Ministerial policy portfolio for the Home Office and Department of Justice, as well as during his time as the Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy.



About Us

Staying ahead of the enforcement curve, our sanctions team provide first-hand updates and communications on sanctions developments as well as horizon scanning for political, regulatory, and legal changes that impact the sanctions arena, by:

  • Representing over 300 Financial Institution, our Members receive updates from government and industry at our dedicated monthly Members Panel.
  • Representing over 200 cross-industry sectors ran on a similar model to our Members Panel, our Associate Members also receive updates from government and industry at our dedicated monthly Associate Members Panel.
  • Enabling Members to deep dive on individual sanctions priorities in our Thematic Working Groups.
  • Leveraging sanctions knowledge amongst our members we work in partnership with universities and course providers to ensure everyone is up to speed via our sanctions Education stream, offering our Sanctions School podcast as a key resource.
  • With a vast array of seniority levels and over 400 women, our Women in Sanctions Forum is open and free for all to join at quarterly meetings.
  • Hosting a number of events throughout the year:
    - Numerous Technical Briefings
    Two Sanctions Conferences
    - Annual Economic Crime Congress
  • Members also receive Insights with key policy updates, briefings, papers, blogs and weekly newsletters.

Contact Us

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