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Chambers of David Josse QC
5 St Andrews Hill
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David specialises in extradition & international, crime and business crime, immigration and judicial review & public law.


David Josse Q.C. is a barrister specialising in extradition, human rights, international war crimes and serious crime, both nationally and internationally.  

As well as being ranked in the Legal 500, David is also ranked in Chambers and Partners as a leader in the field of extradition at the London Bar.

“He has extensive international experience and is good for highly complicated cases.”

Chambers and Partners 2017.

“He’s what every extradition barrister aspires to be: a lawyer known internationally for the quality of their work.”

Chambers and Partners 2018.

Since taking Silk he has specialised in extradition work encompassing the full range of requests but with a particular emphasis on political corruption and prison conditions in former communist states. He spent 5 years at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) based in The Hague defending in two lengthy trials. Firstly, representing a leading Bosnian Serb politician charged with genocide and ethnic cleansing and secondly, a General facing a wide variety of allegations relating to the Srebrenica massacre.

He is a regular commentator on Sky News and LBC radio in relation to extradition, human rights and international criminal law. He is available to lecture and contribute to seminars both on issues relating to international war crime trials as well as in connection with domestic extradition law.


David was called to the Bar in 1985.
David took Silk in 2009.


  • International Criminal Court (ICC) list counsel.
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) list counsel.
  • Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) list counsel.
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum
  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • Fraud Lawyers Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Josse QC5 St Andrews HillOne of the leading silks when it comes to extradition law and someone that I would not hesitate to instruct whenever there is the opportunity to instruct a QC. He is extremely personable, and first class in guiding clients.

5 St Andrews Hill is ‘well known for extradition work‘, with ‘a strong cadre‘ of ‘talented and experienced extradition lawyers‘. Recent instructions include the ‘first-class‘ David Josse QC and ‘passionate‘ Ben Keith representing the appellants in Yilmaz and Yilmaz v Government of Turkey, which involved issues concerning Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights and prison conditions in Turkey. Keith is said to have ‘unrivalled knowledge‘ when it comes to Russian and CIS state extradition requests. A ‘great tactician‘, Natasha Draycott is particularly strong in cases with human rights or political issues as well as complex Part 2 cases. Gemma Lindfield‘s family law expertise gives her ‘a greater advantage to many of her peers when dealing with extradition cases that have a family element to them‘. Also of note, Danielle Barden is a rising star who has particular expertise in modern slavery cases as they relate to extradition law.