Barristers at Crucible are experienced in this human rights focused and specialist area.

Crucible’s Extradition Barristers undertake cases on behalf of those wanted abroad for criminal prosecution or sentence, as well as the requesting States seeking their return. The advice they provide is sought after at all levels of the process, from Westminster Magistrates Court through to the Administrative Court, the Supreme Court and on to the European Court of Human Rights.

Barristers at Crucible accept instructions under the European Arrest Warrant system, as well as cases brought by requesting States with extradition arrangements with the UK (Category II cases). Our barristers’ knowledge and expertise in serious crime provides a significant benefit to their clients when undertaking extradition requests issued for grave crimes.

Members of Crucible have acted in cases which have been instrumental in shaping extradition law, including Wisniewski v Poland [2016] 1 WLR 3750: the leading case on fugitive status.

Advice and guidance is provided in the following areas:

  • Pre-extradition request and arrest advice including alternatives to extradition and removal of INTERPOL Red Notices
  • European Investigation Orders
  • European Arrest Warrants
  • ‘Category 2’ requests- from Azerbaijan, USA, Thailand and beyond
  • Appeal to the Administrative Court following extradition
  • Appeal to the Supreme Court
  • Habeus corpus applications for illegal detention during extradition proceedings
  • Resisting extradition on the grounds that it would breach Human Rights
  • Advice for requesting states on issuing extradition proceedings in the UK

Barristers at Crucible act at the forefront of this fast-developing area of law and have provided seminars and presentations on the changes to the extradition landscape following a ‘deal’ or ‘no deal’ Brexit. They are well-placed to advise individuals, governments and prosecution agencies on these forthcoming changes.