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Extradition Department
 

Extradition has developed into an area of law that require dedicated, detailed and specialist advice.  It has been one of the fastest areas of growth in terms of the number of cases and the jurisprudence generated.  We are proud to have been part of that legal development.  Lawrence & Co. is recognised as a leading firm in this area of law listed both as a firm within Chambers and Partners and Fadi Daoud named as an individual.

We have extensive experience of representing clients in the Magistrates' Court and on appeal to the High Court.


While we lead the way, we do not forget that our clients are real people with real needs.  The effect of extradition can be overwhelming and we strive to assist our clients during what can be a very difficult time.  We recognise the importance of communicating with families and seeking assistance from lawyers outside the jurisdiction, where appropriate.  We protect our clients’ rights throughout the process. 


Our strength lies in using many strategies depending on our clients’ circumstances.  This can include negotiation with the Requesting State, challenging the validity of the extradition warrant, and working to have the warrant withdrawn by the Requesting State. 


In terms of challenging the extradition warrant in the Extradition Court, we have vast experience of mounting arguments based on procedural failures, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights. 


We of course recognise that some of our clients simply wish to return to the Requesting State.  We are able to assist with this transfer by ensuring our clients have advice, knowledge and information regarding the procedure for their return.

 

Extradition has been the fastest area of growth both in sheer volume and case law in recent years.  The head of the extradition department, Fadi Daoud recently contributing to what is currently the leading publication on Extradition Law:


Extradition & Mutual Assistance Handbook 

John RWD Jones & Rosemary Davidson

Oxford University Press (978-0-19-957404-9)

 

We have been leading the field; responsible for many of the leading cases.  One of our cases has even lead to a change in Primary Legislation having highlighted a hole in the original drafting of the Extradition Act 2003:

 

The Governor of HMP Wandsworth v Antana Kinderis, TPGO of the Republic of Lithuania, CPS, Cambridge and Interested Parties: The City of Westminster Magistrates Court, SOCA & the SoS for the Home Department [2007] EWHC 998 (Admin).  You can see the full judgment on Kinderis by clicking on the link.

 

This cases resulted in new primary legislation in the form of

sections 69 and 70 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009

 

Another case of interest is that of Lopetas v Minister of Justice for Lithuania [2007] EWHC 2407 (Admin).  This case highlights how important it is that cases are run well right from the start: at the Magistrates' Court.  Basic initial hearing arguments must be put as soon as they arise.  These can be seen and pursued when the advocate is experienced enough to do so.  You can find the full judgment by clicking on this link Lopetas.

 

We succeeded in helping our clients and secure important principles that are still cited in extradition cases.  One example of this is Hungary v Fenyvesi (2009) EWHC 231 (Admin), (2009) 4 All ER 324 recently applied in Mehtab Khan v US [2010] EWHC 1127

 


Member/Partner

Fadi Daoud


Solicitors

Alison Fong San Pin

 

Paralegal

Aisha Abasi

Chetna Varia