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Ben Keith

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Ben practises in business crime, extradition & international, immigration, judicial review & public law and professional discipline & regulatory.


Ben Keith is a barrister specialising in Extradition, Immigration, Serious Fraud, Human Rights and Public law. He has extensive experience of  appellate  proceeding before the Administrative and Divisional Courts, as well as applications and appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). He has particular expertise in human rights and extradition proceedings in post-soviet states including Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Kazakhstan.

Ben is ranked in Chambers and Partners as a band 1 leader in the field of Extradition at the London Bar. 

"He is an excellent advocate who is very good at drafting, responds quickly, and is well-organised." 

"One of the most experienced barristers specialising in extradition relating to former Soviet states and the more complicated cases that involve political motivations." 

Chambers and Partners 2018.

Ben is ranked in the Legal 500 as a band 1 leading individual in international crime and extradition at the London Bar:

‘A well-respected figure, who is popular with clients and appreciated for his clear and straightforward advice.’

Legal 500 2017.

He is appointed to the Attorney General's 'B' Panel of counsel and advises the Government Legal Department on a range of public law matters, including Judicial Review, Immigration, Extradition, Search Warrants, Inquests, Prison Law and detention cases.  

He has significant expertise in the challenge of INTERPOL Red Notices.

He was named Judicial Review Barrister of the Year for 2013 by Acquisition International.

In 2014 he wrote submissions to the House of Lords Committee on Extradition Law on behalf of the Criminal Bar Association and gave evidence to the Committee. The transcript of his evidence can be found here. The final published report is here.

"Gifted, very diligent and up-to-date on the law."

"He is unafraid to raise challenges on all sorts of issues, and has his finger on the pulse." "He is a really clear, straight-to-the-point advocate."

Chambers and Partners 2017.

Ben accepts Direct Public Access instructions.

Ben lectures and provides training in Criminal, Extradition, Human Rights and Public Law to defence solicitors and prosecution agencies. He is an Associate Lecturer in Human Rights at Birkbeck College, University of London.


Ben was called to the Bar in 2004.
Ben is a Football Association affiliated lawyer.


  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • European Criminal Bar Association.
  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association (Chair 2011-2013).

London Bar

International crime and extradition

Within: Leading Juniors

Ben Keith - 5 St Andrews Hill ‘ Wins cases on preparation alone, excellent advocacy and witness handling. Goes out of his way to advise and assist solicitors. ’

Within: International crime and extradition

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.

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