Extradition, mutual legal assistance and Interpol

We have acted in some of the most complex and high-profile extradition cases in recent times and can guide you through extradition proceedings no matter where you are.

In an increasingly globalised world, it is becoming more commonplace for people doing business in multiple jurisdictions to fall foul of foreign regulators or prosecutors. This can result in demands for business documents, bank statements and digital data to be handed over or extradition requests being issued for individuals.

If you find yourself subject to extradition proceedings, we can help. We have a detailed knowledge of extradition law and procedures, including the most effective arguments to resist requests.

As an international law firm with offices across Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific, together with our extensive network of professional contacts around the world, we are able to offer you complete global representation. Our lawyers have defended extradition requests from a multitude of countries worldwide including the Russian Federation, US, the UAE, Paraguay, India, Canada, Turkey and many EU countries.

Mutual Legal Assistance

Mutual legal assistance (MLA) is the process by which countries request cross-jurisdictional co-operation in obtaining evidence in one country to assist in a criminal investigation or proceedings in another country. Whether you are a business or an individual, this is a complex area to navigate and can place severe restrictions on your ability to carry on your business or to effectively challenge any foreign investigation or proceedings.

Our experienced lawyers can advise you on any available challenges to MLA requests, together with any associated risk of extradition. We can also assist if you are being requested to give evidence as a witness in foreign criminal proceedings.

Interpol Red Notices

With over 190 members, Interpol is the largest international policing organisation. Member countries often issue a Red Notice through Interpol whilst simultaneously making an application for an international arrest warrant in extradition proceedings.

Due to the nature of a Red Notice – a request to the law enforcement agencies of other member countries to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition – it can have severe implications on your liberty and ability to travel. It can also cause considerable reputational damage and lead to adverse findings should you be subject to due diligence checks for personal and professional reasons.

Our lawyers have experience of successfully challenging Red Notices resulting in removal. Whatever your situation, we are on hand to offer strategic advice throughout extradition proceedings and devise creative solutions to help reach the desired outcome.

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Track record of successes in resisting extradition request.

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Considerable expertise in extradition law.

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Considerable expertise in matters concerning serious charges, such as fraud and money-laundering, across a wide variety of jurisdictions.

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Track record

Assisting client to resist extradition during allegations of $100m bankruptcy fraud

A US qualified practicing attorney sought by the Italian authorities in relation to an alleged $100m bankruptcy fraud; extradition was successfully resisted on the basis that he was not present during the trial in Italy, the trial was not compatible with his Art 6 ECHR rights, and he was not entitled to a retrial.

Allowed client to resist extradition despite alleged $60m bankruptcy fraud

A Venezualan national sought in relation to the first extradition request issued to the UK by authorities in Paraguay concerning an alleged $60m pension fund fraud.

Successfully resisted extradition despite alleged claims of hacking into key US agencies

A UK national sought by the US authorities following allegations that he had 'hacked' in to agencies such as NASA, Missile Defence Agency and US Army; extradition was successfully resisted using the forum bar.

Assisted with an interim relief application to the ECHR

On a Rule 39 interim relief application to the European Court of Human Rights for a Russian national detained in Bulgaria pursuant to an extradition request issued by the Russian authorities.

Supporting an ultra-high net worth individual following a mutual legal assistance request

A UHNWI following a mutual legal assistance request being made by the Cypriot authorities for a Production Order in relation to materials and electrical devices held pursuant to UK High Court proceedings. There were underlying allegations of trading algorithms and fraud with ongoing proceedings in Cyprus, Monaco and Greece.

Assisting a UK national subject to an extradition and mutual legal assistance request

A UK national subject to both an extradition request and a mutual legal assistance request being issued by the German tax authorities for Search and Seizure Orders in relation to our client's business documents and equipment.

Assisting a serving member of the UK armed forces subject to an extradition request

A serving member of the UK armed forces subject to an extradition request from Italy. Following a successful challenge to the extradition request, a request was made to INTERPOL to remove any entry made by the Turkish authorities.

Assisting various UK nationals issued with INTERPOL Red Notices

Several UK nationals subject to INTERPOL Red Notices initiated by the UAE in relation to 'bounced cheque' civil cases.

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