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John Forrest

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation and regulatory – global trade and government affairs.


John regularly counsels clients on the handling and coordination of multijurisdictional investigations involving alleged violations of international sanctions, export controls and customs regulations. He works with clients to assess their compliance risk profile and develop and implement fit for purpose policies and procedures for the identification and management of risk associated with cross-border activity, including: trade financing, import and export activity, investment transactions and enhanced counter-party screening and due diligence.


Executive officer – Export Control Organisation, department for business, innovation and skills, 1998-2005; head of strategic communications 2001-2005; head of international trade and investment 2005-2008; senior advisor DLA Piper 2008-2012; director Dechert LLP 2012-2015; head of global trde DLA Piper 2015 to present. Publications of note: Temporary Suspension of Certain Sanctions Against Iran, extended until mid-2015, November 25, 2014; US and EU Impose Additional Sanctions on Russia, September 15, 2014; Russia Bans the Import of Certain Agricultural and Food Products from the US, EU, Canada, Australia, and Norway, July 31, 2014; reprinted August 1, 2014; Change to HM Treasury’s policy in relation to receiving funds from an individual or entity subject to EU Sanctions, July 29, 2014.


Kingston University, LLB (Hons) 1995.

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs

Within: Leading individuals

John Forrest - DLA Piper

Within: EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs

The team at¬†DLA Piper¬†‚Äėprovides a holistic view and response‚Äô to its clients‚Äô trade and customs concerns. The ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô¬†John Forrest¬†heads the team, which advises on all aspects of international trade law, including export controls, trade embargoes, customs procedures and international trade agreements. The team was strengthened with the hire of its¬†Paul Hardy¬†in April 2017,¬†who previously served as EU legal adviser to the House of Lords. Hardy and Forrest advises the firm‚Äôs global clients on the implications of Brexit and EU trade negotiations. Clients of the practice include Metro Bank, Amec Foster Wheeler and card-game manufacturer Cards Against Humanity. Senior associate¬†Chloe Barker, who¬†divides her time between Birmingham and London, is also recommended.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

DLA Piper has leveraged its resources in the UK and internationally to form a global Brexit committee, which consists of a team of former politicians and government officials, as well as legal advisers; Richard Bonnar is the chairman. The firm enhanced its offering in 2017 by hiring a Brexit director, Paul Hardy, who has more than 20 years of EU law experience, and has previously worked in Brussels and Westminster. Before joining the firm, Hardy formerly served as EU legal adviser to the House of Lords, and as counsel for European legislation at the House of Commons. Working with members of the wider network, the UK-based team has been particularly busy advising clients from the financial services and insurance sectors on their Brexit contingency plans ahead of the UK potentially leaving the EU single market in March 2019. Melanie James is a key partner in the firm's work for insurance sector clients, for whom she advises on commercial, transactional and regulatory matters. She recently presented to the US National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the American Council of Life Insurers on Brexit. Legal director George Mortimer is another insurance sector specialist.  John Forrest, Hardy and associate Daniel Jones have been instructed by TheCityUK to produce a report analysing the possible structure of a future UK-EU free trade agreement, and the impact of relevant provisions on the financial and related professional services industry. Another highlight involved advising UK trade association ABFA (now UK Finance) on the impact of Brexit on the asset-based finance industry. Hazel Moffat, who is a co-head of the public law practice in the UK, is another key figure.

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