Extradition and mutual legal assistance
Three Raymond Buildings has been at the forefront of extradition law for more than 50 years and is the leading set in this field. We are experts in mutual legal assistance and are instructed regularly by the UK authorities to advise upon and draft letters of request to foreign jurisdictions.
From the Pinochet case, in which we were instructed on all sides of the proceedings, to, most recently, United States v Gary McKinnon and South Africa v Dewani, we have acted in many landmark cases and, as such, have been instrumental in shaping the development of extradition law.
The depth and breadth of expertise and experience within chambers means that we are able to advise any party at all stages of the extradition process. We regularly advise and represent requesting judicial authorities and foreign governments, the secretary of state and requested individuals, from the initial hearing in the magistrates court through to appellate proceedings before the High Court, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. We also advise on UK requests for extradition as well as on extradition proceedings in foreign and Commonwealth jurisdictions.
Our unparalleled reputation in this field is sustained by recognised extradition specialists at all levels of call. Clive Nicholls QC is co-author of the leading textbook, The Law of Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance (OUP), and senior members of chambers act as expert witnesses on matters of UK extradition law in foreign jurisdictions and contribute to lectures and seminars both domestically and internationally. Several junior members have gained invaluable experience from their secondments to the Extradition Unit of the Crown Prosecution Service.
Mutual legal assistance
We are experts in mutual legal assistance and are instructed regularly by the UK authorities to advise upon and draft letters of request to foreign jurisdictions. We also provide advice and representation to individuals and companies affected by mutual legal assistance requests, including potential suspects and witnesses, and offer advice regarding their rights and possible grounds for challenging the process.
We provide advice to foreign governments wishing to make requests to the UK to obtain evidence for their own domestic proceedings and representation in any subsequent legal challenges brought by the subject of such a request.
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