Christopher Lock has joined Sidley’s Global Arbitration, Trade and Advocacy team as counsel in London from his former position as a senior government lawyer with the UK Department for International Trade (DIT).
Bringing more than a decade of UK and international trade law experience, Chris’ focus covers UK trade controls, including export controls, economic sanctions and investment screening, UK customs, regulations and trade remedies, post-Brexit UK trade policy and domestic litigation, and World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement.
With the UK now operating its own independent trade policy in the post-Brexit era, Chris is a key addition to Sidley’s global team of trade lawyers. His extensive knowledge of and insights into UK trade law adds to Sidley’s deep bench across Europe, Asia, and the U.S. and bolsters the firm’s strength and ability to advise clients on all aspects of international trade law, across all major jurisdictions.
“With his broad experience across government and the private sector in the UK, Chris is a strong addition to our interdisciplinary team of trade professionals operating around the globe,” said Todd Friedbacher, member of Sidley’s Executive Committee and managing partner of Sidley’s office in Geneva. “London has become a critical market for domestic trade regulation, alongside Brussels and Washington, D.C., and Chris’ perspective bolsters our ability to serve clients wherever they encounter trade barriers.”
Clients and peers alike have consistently recognized Sidley’s leading international trade practice. Sidley is the only law firm ranked Band 1 for International Trade by Chambers in its Global-wide, Europe-wide, Asia-Pacific, and U.S. publications.