Rachel Scott > Chambers of James Lewis KC & Hugo Keith KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of James Lewis KC & Hugo Keith KC
Three Raymond Buildings


Crime, extradition and international law, and public law including inquests. Notable expertise in financial and corporate crime. Regularly acts in complex fraud, corruption and cartel cases; previous instructions include R v Alstom & others, involving alleged bribery by a UK subsidiary of the French transport and energy giant. Advises corporations and charities in respect of compliance duties under a variety of regulatory regimes. From 2018 until 2020, worked as part of Clifford Chance’s white collar team in Paris, acting for Airbus SE in the cross-border investigation conducted by the UK, French and US authorities, which led in January 2020 to the world’s largest global resolution for corporate bribery allegations. Appears in civil proceedings involving contempt, fraud or corruption allegations, most recently in the trial before the Commercial Court of ENRC v Director of the SFO. Frequently instructed in extradition cases both by requesting states and requested persons, including in appeals to the Supreme Court and the Privy Council. Offers specialist advice regarding ‘import’ extradition requests as well as matters of mutual legal assistance. Acts in inquests for families of the deceased, police officers and other interested persons. Expertise in judicial review proceedings, spanning subjects such as police misconduct and regulation, the scope of the SFO’s compulsory powers, the prisoner licence regime, and the deportation of foreign offenders.


MusB (Hons) Manchester (Music) 2001, Call 2004, SFO C-Panel 2009, SFO B-Panel 2013. SFO A-Panel 2017


University of Manchester (MusB Hons); post-graduate diploma in law.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Rachel ScottThree Raymond Buildings

Remaining a pre-eminent set in the extradition space, Three Raymond Buildings regularly advises and represents requesting judicial authorities, foreign governments, and requested individuals. Helen Malcolm KC is acting for the CPS on behalf of the government of Azerbaijan in high-profile extradition proceedings concerning Zamira Hajiyeva, wife of the former chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan and subject of the UK’s first Unexplained Wealth Order. Rachel Barnes KC was instructed by the Kuwaiti government in Kuwait v Badie, a case concerning the first proposed extradition under UK-Kuwait treaty, raising questions about human rights standards in that jurisdiction, while Rachel Scott was led by James Lewis KC as junior counsel for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in the Privy Council appeal of former FIFA president Jack Warner against the order for his extradition to the USA on corruption charges.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Rachel ScottThree Raymond Buildings ‘She has a terrific blend of skills including highly persuasive and subtle advocacy, brilliant drafting and a good manner with difficult clients and solicitors.’

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Rachel Scott – Three Raymond Buildings