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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

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Twenty Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

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28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

Twenty Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

06/04/2018

UK government to introduce robust measures to enforce ivory sales ban

On 3 April 2018, the UK government confirmed that it will introduce a ban on ivory sales in a plan to help protect elephants for future generations.

The government is publishing a response to its consultation on a UK ivory sales ban, and confirming “robust measures” that will be brought into force. The ban will cover ivory items of all ages which will make the UK’s ban one of the toughest in the world. In line with the approach taken by other countries, including the USA and China, there will be certain narrowly-defined and carefully-targeted exemptions for items which do not contribute to the poaching of elephants.

As part of the UK government’s consultation process Penelope Nevill was instructed by the NGO Stop Ivory, in a team led by Mishcon de Reya and working with an NGO coalition including the ZSL, IFAW and other leading environmental organisations, to advise on various issues to assist Stop Ivory’s campaign. Advisory issues included the public international law and EU law related aspects of their questions and proposals, such as treaty interpretation and treaty amendment processes, the operation of international treaties relevant to wildlife protection and trade. This included the convention on the international trade in endangered species (CITES), the Bonn Convention, and the convention on biological diversity and the implementation of CITES into EU and UK law.

Penelope also advised a second report in 2017 focusing on changing UK regulations implementing EU regulations which in turn implemented CITES, and the relevance of EU law pre-Brexit and property rights. The second report was widely circulated and relied on by Lord William Hague in his capacity as the Chairman of the Duke of Cambridge’s task force on illegal wild life trade and featured prominently in the press in Autumn 2016.

 

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