White & case skews UK-US extradition treaty

White & Case has won a landmark House of Lords victory that will undermine key points of the UK’s extradition treaty with the US.

Five law lords unanimously ruled against the extradition of Ian Norris, the former chief executive of FTSE250 company Morgan Crucible, to face charges relating to a price-fixing cartel. The US government had attempted to extradite Norris on charges of fixing the price of carbon products between 1989 and 2000.

Norris denied the charges. His counsel, White & Case partner Alistair Graham – who instructed Brick Court Chambers’ Richard Gordon QC, Jonathan Sumption QC and Martin Chamberlain – successfully argued that Norris had not acted unlawfully because the act did not come into force until 2003.

David Perry QC, Louis Mably QC and Adina Ezekiel of 6 King’s Bench Walk represented the US government, while Khawar Qureshi QC of Serle Court acted for the Home Office.