Aline Doussin

Aline Doussin

London, Paris

Email [email protected]​

Phone +44 20 7296 2961 (London) +33 1 53 67 47 47 (Paris)

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesFrench, English, Italian, German

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

"She is extremely knowledgeable and a very appreciated partner, client-focused and dedicated to always helping find the right approach, resources and solution for the business. Aline is absolutely brilliant to work with and I cannot recommend her enough."

Legal 500

Ranked as a 'Leading Individual' on Trade law by Legal 500 UK, Aline Doussin heads the International trade team in London. As a dual-qualified lawyer (Avocat au Barreau de Paris and Solicitor in England and Wales), she divides her time between Paris and London and assists companies on the full range of international trade law and policy issues, including export control, sanctions, anti-money laundering, customs, trade compliance, trade remedies, and anti-corruption.

She helps clients on compliance with EU and UK trade laws, export controls, sanctions and embargoes laws, but also extra-territorial application of foreign laws, incl. ITAR and EAR compliance. She advises, with our U.S. partners, on the application of U.S. sanctions to European clients' operations, and assists with investigations and disclosure to competent regulators for breaches of sanctions and export control laws. 

Aline regularly advises clients on all customs-related issues, including litigating Eu and UK customs' classification decisions, representing clients in  customs' audits and investigations from EU and UK customs authorities.  

Aline also advises on EU and UK internal market laws, including CE marking obligations and the rules that apply to the placement of products on the EU and UK markets.

Aline is a representative of France to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), is a member of the Policy Committee of British American Business (BAB), and sits on HM Government's Professional Business Services advisory group (TTG) 

In 2019, she was appointed by the UK Government to the Department of International Trade ("DIT") – Expert Trade Advisory Group.



Awards and recognitions


Leading Individual, Trade, Customs and WTO
Legal 500 UK

Winner of the Franco-British Legal Award, Prix
Champagne Louis Roederer


Hot 100 List
The Lawyer

Education and admissions


LL.M., Intellectual Property Law, Panthéon-Assas University

LL.M., European Law, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Master degree in International Law, Paris XI-Sceaux University

Institut Supérieur d'Interprétariat et de Traduction (I.S.I.T.)

Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme (QLTS), BPP Law School


ADS: Premier Trade Organisation for companies in the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors

EGADD: the UK Export Group for the Aerospace, Defense & Dual-use

BAB: British American Business

Tech UK

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, England and Wales

Avocate à la Cour, Barreau de Paris – France

Representative experience

Advising a major European financial institution on EU and UK sanctions laws adopted against Russia, and representing them in their exit from the Russia market.

Advising a British multinational automobile manufacturer on sanctions and export controls laws.

Advising a major airspace and defense client on all aspects on its compliance with UK export controls and customs compliance and self-disclosure obligations to the UK regulators.

Advising a French private investment house on sanctions and export control compliance, and drafting of internal sanctions compliance policies.

Representing a U.S. manufacturer of consumer products on a challenge to HMRC customs classification decision.

Advising HM Government on its free-trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.

Advising a government on WTO law and Policy.

Advising a U.S. engineering company on CE marking and product compliance issues arising in the context of the sale of its shares to a European business.

Assisting a South Asian government on its trade negotiations with the European Union.

Advised a global pharmaceutical company on Brexit contingency planning, and legal issues arising out of trade barriers re-imposed between the EU and the UK.

Advising a European medical device manufacturer on customs misclassification of parts and components in Europe.

Advising airspace and defense clients with HMG' security classifications requirements and the handling of HMG information classified assets.

Advising US airspace and defense clients on the French legal framework of the protection of national defence secret, including the applicable security clearing and control procedures.

Secured a significant customs victory for a client consumer products manufacturer, against (HMRC) with regards to classification of composite goods.

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