Being prosecuted in the UK is a stressful
enough experience for anybody. Being arrested in the UK in order to
be surrendered to a foreign country to be prosecuted, doubly so.
The extradition arrangements the UK has with many foreign countries
are very flexible. Criminal offences committed abroad many years
ago - that an individual could well believe are long concluded -
can come back to haunt them many years later.
Hodge Jones & Allen extradition advocates
Our extradition lawyers have acted in cases
involving extradition requests from a range of countries including
the USA, Russia, United Arab Emirates, India, Thailand, the Gambia,
Australia and New Zealand. We are also regularly instructed to act
for individuals facing extradition requests from countries that
issue European Arrest Warrants (EAWs).
Extradition is a niche and complex area of law
that requires specialist skills. We at Hodge Jones & Allen
possess those skills. Hodge Jones & Allen have a dedicated team
of extradition lawyers, headed by Associate
Edward Grange, available to advise on the bars and human
rights issues that may be available to resist an extradition
request. We have a daily presence at Westminster Magistrates’ Court
where all extradition cases begin and regularly advise and assist
those whose cases have been appealed to the High Court.
We are also able to offer advice to those that
are concerned about the risk of a future extradition request. This
can be very important as an extradition request may be avoided by
making contact with the proposed requesting state or by instructing
one of our international contacts to make representations to the
courts to either withdraw a domestic warrant of arrest or suspend a
sentence of imprisonment that is outstanding.
If an extradition request is unavoidable we
are able to advise on bail and prepare structured bail packages in
preparation for an extradition request being made. This can very
often lead to the granting of bail at the first hearing.