Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance


Chambers & Partners 2016


Edward Fitzgerald QC Distinguished barrister recommended for his aptitude in defending individuals in complex extradition matters relating to terrorism, war crimes and theft of state secrets. He is praised for his compelling courtroom arguments and he offers particular insight  - into cases with significant human rights aspects. Fitzgerald has regularly bested the USA in extradition disputes. Strengths: "He is top of the pops - he's superbly intelligent, has the ability and applies himself well to cases. He is one of the few who can claim to be a master of extradition law.2 Recent work: Continues to advise the Ecuadorian government on extradition matters relating to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who is currently residing within its UK embassy.

Mary Westcott Extradition specialist recommended for both her prosecution and defence skills. She is skilled at handling cases involving jurisdictions that lack a formal extradition treaty with the UK. Strengths: "She is very well organised and very easy to work with." "She is good on the law, good at preparing a case and has a good presence in court." Recent work: Acted for an individual facing an extradition request from Hungary relating to fraudulent activity. It was successfully defended using an Article 8 argument.

Malcolm Hawkes Defence barrister recommended for his abilities in extradition cases originating from Eastern European countries. He is particularly good at appellate proceedings and in cases with a human rights aspect. Strengths: "He is extremely tenacious and good at pursuing arguments to the bitter end." Recent work: Acted for an individual facing an extradition request from Bulgaria for fraudulent activity. The case centred on issues of double jeopardy. 

Ben Cooper Acclaimed junior frequently instructed in high-profile and controversial proceedings. Commentators stress his intelligence and the creative strategic advice he offers. He is recommended for matters with significant human rights components to them and noted for his success in presenting arguments about prison conditions. Strengths: "He is a tenacious barrister who is unwilling to give up in difficult cases." "He is single-minded and focused when on a matter and very very clever." Recent work: Acted for a Lithuanian facing an extradition request resulting from charges of serious fraudulent activity. The argument focused on questions of political motivation and Article 2 violation.

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