Extradition has developed into an area of law that require dedicated, detailed and specialist advice. A fast area of growth in terms of the number of cases and the jurisprudence it generates. We have been part of that legal development recognised as a leading firm in this area of law responsible for changes the 2003 Extradition Act and in setting leading guideline cases in so many aspects of the act.
We have extensive experience of representing clients at 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 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 tactics to achieve our client’s overall strategy depending on their needs and 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with the Requesting State, challenging the validity of the extradition warrant, and working to have the warrant withdrawn by the Requesting State. Our involvement in complex human trafficking cases has allowed us to fight for EU and British Nationals alike.
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.
In general crime we use our expertise with inbound extraditions to the UK ensuring that any such extradite is protected under the rules of specialty and that any time served in for example Part 1 jurisdictions is counted when a court passes sentence.
The head of the extradition department, Fadi Daoud contributed to a leading publication on Extradition Law:
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  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
Other Cases of Interest
Lopetas v Minister of Justice for Lithuania  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.
Ektor v National Public Prosecutor of Holland  EWHC 2106 (Admin)*
Echimov v Court of Babadag Romania  EWHC 865 (Admin)*
Naveed Din v Director of Public Prosecutions of the Augsburg Public Prosecutors Office, Germany,  EWHC 475 (Admin)*
Gulochowski – needs to be cited
Turner needs to be cited
Fadi Daoud – Extradition and Crime Partner
Fadi founded the Extradition Department. The Department has been at the forefront of some of the leading cases in Extradition Law. Fadi is an experienced advocate and also practices Criminal Cases of a more serious or complex nature.