Why work with us?
Extradition is a complex area of law in its own right. It is imperative that individuals obtain legal advice if they are subject to or believe that they may be at risk of an extradition request. By involving us from the outset we can advise you on the best course of action and help to resolve the matter quickly, thereby reducing any potentially damaging consequences.
We are able to offer guidance and support throughout the process and work tirelessly to ensure the matter is robustly defended. We will review the request and ensure that any point of challenge is carefully considered.
Our enviable network of experts and first-class standards in case preparation have resulted in the discharge of a significant number of arrest warrants in recent years. At DWF, we also hold significant experience in tackling negative media attention and work closely with reputation management colleagues in order to protect our client's interests.
Members of our team are involved with organisations such as the International Bar Association, Defence Extradition Lawyers' Forum and Extradition Lawyers' Association which enables us to keep abreast of the rapid legal changes in this specialist area and current jurisdictional issues.
How we can help with extradition
We hold a track record in securing the discharge of an arrest warrant issued by requesting states either before the Court of first instance or before the higher Courts on appeal, working closely with a network of foreign lawyers, academics and political experts to ensure that our clients receive the best service.
Whilst we specialise in extradition requests involving allegations of financial crime, bribery and corruption, we have acted for individuals subject to arrest warrants issued for a wide range of offences including espionage, serious drug offences, human trafficking, rape and murder.
How we can help with Mutual Legal Assistance
In recent years there has been a significant global increase in mutual legal assistance – a method of cooperation between States for obtaining assistance in the investigation or prosecution of criminal offences.
Our international presence enables us to provide expert legal advice to businesses and individuals, be they witnesses or suspects, in order to safeguard against extradition in cross-border criminal cases, especially those involving parallel investigation by agencies such as the FCA/SFO and the DOJ.
How we can help with Interpol Red Notices
We are experienced in challenging Interpol Red Notices. Such notices are issued where a country seeks the location and arrest of a wanted individual and can constrain an individual's liberty and ability to travel for business. Often an individual will be unaware of such a notice and a notice can remain live even where an extradition request has been successfully challenged.
Our team's experience
- Acting on behalf of a former academic facing extradition to Greece for offences of slander and extortion. The case raised arguments surrounding political motivation and corruption as well as non-compliance with Article 3 of the ECHR. The European Arrest Warrant was discharged at first instance.
- Acted on behalf of an individual on appeal against an extradition order to Hungary. This reported case concerned the proper ambit of an accusation European Arrest Warrant when an individual is categorised as a convicted person for the purposes of the Extradition Act 2003.
- Acting on behalf of a director alleged to have been the head of an organised crime group for offences of blackmail, fraud and human trafficking across the Ukraine, Russia and Moldova. This was the latest test case concerning breaches of assurances by the Lithuanian Judicial Authority and Article 3.
- Acting on behalf of a company director facing extradition to Poland for several sophisticated burglaries committed more than two decades ago. The European Arrest Warrant was discharged at first instance due to a "dilatory and inconceivable" delay.