International crime and extradition in London Bar
Doughty Street Chambers 'has a strong team dealing with extradition and at all levels of seniority', according to clients, and is also well known for acting in prominent international criminal cases. In a major instruction, Edward Fitzgerald QC, Tim Moloney QC, Peter Caldwell, and Graeme Hall successfully defended Arti Dhir and Kaval Raijada against an extradition request made by the government of India, on the grounds that the extradition would breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights; the defendants were requested for alleged conspiracy to murder a child.
Matrix Chambers' members are active in the ongoing case concerning India's request for the extradition of Vijay Mallya, co-owner of the Force India Formula One team and chairman of United Breweries Group, following charges of fraud; Clare Montgomery QC is representing Mallya, while Mark Summers QC acts for the Indian government (via the Crown Prosecution Service). Mallya's extradition was initially approved in February 2019, although the defendant was granted permission to appeal the decision in July 2019. James Stansfeld and Florence Iveson have joined from Furnival Chambers and The 36 Group respectively.
Three Raymond Buildings 'has enormous expertise in extradition', according to instructing solicitors. James Lewis QC acts for the US government in ongoing Trinidadian extradition proceedings concerning former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, following a US indictment for corruption; Helen Malcolm QC is acting in Lis, Lange and Chmielewski v Poland, a case that considers whether requested persons can be extradited from the UK to Poland following alleged damages to judicial independence in Poland after judicial reforms were introduced.
6KBW COLLEGE HILL is widely recognised for its strength in extradition matters. In one example instruction, David Perry QC successfully defended Ilya Yurov, a former co-owner of a Russian bank, against the Russian authority's request for his extradition to face fraud charges. In March 2019 Mark Weekes was appointed to the circuit bench.
9 Bedford Row houses criminal advocates well known for their strength in international criminal work. In one representative instruction, Sarah Bafadhel is assisting in the case of Prosecutor v Turinabo et al, where five defendants have been charged with contempt proceedings for alleged participation in a joint criminal enterprise which sought to overturn the conviction of Augustin Ngirabatware for incitement to commit genocide in Rwanda in 1994.
Temple Garden Chambers includes a number of members who are strong in international criminal law, while extradition work remains an area of growth for the set. Aidan Ellis represented Dr Saif al-Islam Gaddafi before the International Criminal Court over admissibility proceedings regarding alleged crimes against humanity; the defendant claimed the case was inadmissable due to being tried for the same crimes in Libya. Meanwhile, Daniel Sternberg is acting as junior counsel for the Romanian authorities in a request for the extradition of the son of a media tycoon, who is being sought on bribery charges.
At 25 Bedford Row, 'hugely talented advocate' Sam Blom-Cooper is instructed by the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), as co-counsel, to represent Augustin Ngirabatware (the former Minister of Planning in Rwanda) in an appeal concerning the client's convictions for involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide; the defendant was originally sentenced to 35 years' imprisonment by the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 2012, which was reduced in 2014 to 30 years by the MICT Appeals Chamber.
5 St Andrews Hill is well respected for its strength in extradition cases. Known for bringing 'a powerful armoury to international cases of the highest profile', Ben Keith is acting for the Azerbaijan government in a request for the extradition of Zamira Hajiyeva, who is the recipient of the UK's first unexplained wealth order (UWO) following allegations of a multimillion-pound fraud against the International Bank of Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Louisa Collins, who 'brings tranquillity to high-pressure cases', represents the Armenian government in its first extradition request to the UK concerning an allegation of drugs importation.
Furnival Chambers has 'a very good reputation, especially in extradition', according to instructing solicitors. Of particular note, Amanda Bostock acts for the Bulgarian authorities (via the Crown Prosecution Service) in a request for the extradition of an individual for an alleged murder committed in 1999. As the individual was previously arrested for the alleged murder, the case concerns issues of double jeopardy grounded in CJEU case law.