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  1. International crime and extradition – Leading sets
  2. International crime and extradition – Leading silks
  3. International crime and extradition - Leading juniors

International crime and extradition – Leading silks

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    • Ben Emmerson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Clever, robust and willing to commit to an opinion.’
    • Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜At the top of the profession: passionate about his work and a formidable advocate in court.’
    • Wayne Jordash QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with, he grafts harder than anyone else on the team.’
    • David Josse QC - 5 St Andrews Hill β€˜Knowlegable, caring for clients and determined to get the right result.’
    • Steven Kay QC - 9 Bedford Row β€˜He has the reassuring ability to distil the most complex factual cases and express clear thought.’
    • Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He has an extraordinary career in the crossover between public law and crime, particularly in extradition.’
    • Karim Khan QC - Temple Garden Chambers β€˜Extremely intelligent and an outstanding litigator.’
    • Helen Malcolm QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A hardworking and efficient barrister who is eloquent in court.’
    • Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜So many superlatives apply to her it is hard to find one superlative enough.’
    • Mark Summers QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A brilliant extradition specialist who has a down-to-earth manner that inspires confidence.’
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International crime and extradition - Leading juniors

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    • Michelle Butler - Matrix Chambers β€˜Instructed by states and individuals on international criminal law issues.’
    • Matthew Butt - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A considered advocate with a good feel for the mood of the court.’
    • Peter Caldwell - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A very good advocate – excellent in case preparation.’
    • Ben Cooper - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Really committed to the client’s case and goes goes to great lengths to gather evidence.’
    • Clair Dobbin - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜She regularly represents the government in extradition cases.’
    • Iain Edwards - 1MCB β€˜A composed advocate, his cross-examination is controlled and gentlemanly.’
    • Malcolm Hawkes - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He appears for requested persons in extradition cases including appeals.’
    • Nicholas Hearn - Furnival Chambers β€˜Very well versed in the law, competent and helpful.’
    • Joe Holmes - 9 Bedford Row β€˜His ability to spot legal problems and work around or through them is second to none.’
    • Ben Keith - 5 St Andrews Hill β€˜He is regularly instructed to defend in extradition cases.’
    • Stephen Powles - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Silk material – he has the intellect, calm and seriousness of a leading barrister.’
    • Joel Smith - Furnival Chambers β€˜One of the most experienced juniors at the extradition Bar – clever and down to earth.’
    • Aaron Watkins - Matrix Chambers β€˜A rising star in the field because of his human rights and public law crossovers.’
    • Ben Watson - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A clever and brilliant lawyer – one of the finest extradition juniors around.’
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This section encompasses extradition and European Arrest Warrant cases for both requesting governments and defendants and other cross-border criminal procedure matters such as Interpol red notices, as well as the significantly rarer work concerning offences under international criminal law, both before international tribunals and the British military and civilian courts. It does not cover sanctions work, which is covered in business and regulatory crime, or more general criminal matters with cross-border elements. It also does not cover appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council regarding cases within the ambit of general crime. That said, many barristers are likely to have practices that do not neatly fit within these boxes and so may be ranked in more than one practice area.

Doughty Street Chambers’ members are involved in both leading extradition cases and heavyweight interntational criminal trials. Wayne Jordash QC is representing Im Chaem, a former Khmer Rouge provincial secretary, before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in a case concerning alleged crimes against humanity and murder at the construction site of the Spean Sreng dam. In extradition, Edward Fitzgerald QC and Ben Cooper successfully represented Lauri Love in a High Court appeal concerning the β€˜forum bar’ inserted in the Extradition Act 2003 in 2013; Love was requested for alleged computer hacking offences in the US.

Matrix Chambers is β€˜one of the leading sets in London for this area’. It has individuals instructed on both sides of India’s request for the extradition of Vijay Mallya, chairman of United Breweries Group and co-owner of the Force India Formula One team, to face fraud charges; Clare Montgomery QC representing Mallya, Mark Summers QC and Aaron Watkins for the Crown Prosecution Service on behalf of the Indian authorities.

Three Raymond Buildings β€˜has many barristers at all levels with extradition expertise’. James Lewis QC represents the US government in Trinidadian extradition proceedings concerning former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, who has been indicted in the US for corruption; Hugo Keith QC advises Dimitry Firtash, a businessman with close links to previous Ukrainian governments, who is saught by the US from Austria on bribery charges concerning titanium mining in India.

6KBW College Hill β€˜has some of the stars of the extradition Bar – the set has a wide arrange of excellent options able to assist at short notice when needed’. David Perry QC advised a former JPMorgan trader who was indicted for securities fraud in New York, despite the alleged offending taking place while manging the London office’s synthetic credit trading team; the charges were dropped in the US.

9 Bedford Row includes a number of members who handle international criminal law work, including representation before hybrid and international courts. Sarah Bafadhel is representing Assad Hassan Sabra, who is being tried in absentia by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon for alleged involvement in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

Temple Garden Chambers includes senior silks handling international criminal law, alongside a growing extradition team. Karim Khan QC is representing Abdallah Banda, a rebel leader in Sudan accused of attacking United Nations-backed African Union peacekeepers, while Rodney Dixon QC advises the government of Comoros on commencing an ICC investigation into the 2010 boarding of the Comorian-flagged MV Mavi Marmara by the Israel Defence Forces. The boarding of the vessel, which had sailed towards Gaza in spite of an Israeli blockade of the territory, resulted in the death of ten people.

5 St Andrews Hill is β€˜a very well-respected and known extradition set that can be relied upon for counsel at short notice’. Ben Keith represented a Russian businessman who was accused of a fraud against his own company; the request was discharged on the basis that the allegations were politically motivated.

25 Bedford Row’s Courtenay Griffiths QC is instructed to represent Agnes Taylor (ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor) before the courts for alleged torture during the Liberian Civil War; the defendant’s former husband, was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2012 for various war crimes, including the use of child soliders.

Furnival Chambers includes a number of juniors with strong extradition practices. Nicholas Hearn represents the Kuwaiti government (via the CPS) in its first ever extradition request to the UK, while Joel Smith and Julia Farrant were instructed by the CPS in divisional court case Georgiev & others concerning the ability of the Bulgarian prison estate to comply with assurances concerning prison conditions.

Garden Court Chambers has several members with international criminal law expertise. Sareta Ashraph is a legal consultant to the United Nations IIIM, which is preparing investigations into violations of international criminal law during the Syrian Civil War, while Richard Harvey advises several NGOs requesting an investigation by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court into coalition drone strikes in Afghanistan.

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