Extradition is the formal legal process by which one country asks another country for the return of an individual to face a criminal trial in the requesting state. Extradition can also be requested for an individual who is wanted abroad following conviction in the requesting state.
Being the target of an extradition request is a very stressful and harrowing experience for both the subject and their family. We also have an understanding of the reputational damage and impact to an individual’s livelihood that an extradition request can have.
Due to the speed at which the process can happen, it is crucial that you obtain expert representation as quickly as possible. Knowing what your rights are and understanding your options is essential. Our specialised extradition team is on call 24/7 and has the knowledge and experience required to help you. Call us on +44 (0)20 7724 4488.
Even if you only suspect that an extradition request is on its way, it pays to be prepared. Taking pre-emptive action may also enable us to avoid an unexpected arrest and put in place procedures to maximise your chances of bail.
Extradition in the UK is a streamlined process and governed by the Extradition Act 2003. The process can move extremely quickly, particularly in cases concerning Arrest Warrant’s (formerly the European Arrest Warrant) issued by European Union countries under Part 1 of the Act. Extradition is a complex area of law and it is crucial that anyone who is the target of an extradition request seeks specialist advice as soon as possible.
Gherson can advise you in relation to all possible defences to an extradition request. In particular, we have unparalleled experience in handling complex cases involving politically motivated charges. We have substantial experience in dealing with requests from the Russian Federation and other former Soviet States. We have also been involved in high profile cases involving the USA and EU countries.
Gherson also specialises in asylum and immigration law, which have become increasingly more relevant in extradition cases. The interplay between extradition and these areas requires careful consideration when approaching tactical case decisions. Having the ability to call on leading practitioners in these areas places Gherson in a unique position amongst laws firm who specialise in extradition.
Gherson maintain an impressive network of lawyers abroad who are able to assist in representing our clients and are equally experienced in managing large multi-jurisdictional teams.
Gherson also have excellent links with some of the leading experts both domestically and internationally in areas such as prison conditions, human rights, medicine and politics.
In choosing Gherson as the firm to fight your case, you will experience a team led approach that will place you in the best possible position to fight the request.
Founder and principle of Gherson Solicitors.
Solicitor in our White-Collar crime and Extradition team