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Cases: Saoirse Townshend

Brook House Inquiry

A public inquiry into the mistreatment of individuals who were detained at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre in 2017 Saoirse Townshend & Paul Erdunast form part of the Counsel to the Inquiry Team.


UK Covid-19 Inquiry

The UK Covid-19 Inquiry has been set up to examine the UK’s response to and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and learn lessons for the future. Andrew O’Connor KC, Fiona Canby, Zeenat Islam & Alice Hands form part of the…


Koc v Turkey

Saoirse Townshend represents Appellant whose extradition to Turkey for kidnap is barred by the High Court under passage of time, deliberate absence and Article 8 ECHR. Fordham J allows the Appellant’s appeal and discharges him from an order extraditing him…


Bartulis v Lithuania

Saoirse was junior counsel representing one of the Appellants in this appeal before a Divisional Court. The issues decided were: a) whether inter-prisoner violence is such that a violation of Article 3 ECHR can be found; and b) disclosure in…


Lis, Lange & Chmielewski v Poland

Saoirse was junior counsel acting for Mr Lange. This was the lead case before a Divisional Court (including the Lord Chief Justice) which determined whether extradition to Poland in all “accusation” cases would be halted. The Appellants argued that due…


IM v Bulgaria

Saoirse successfully represented the Appellant whose appeal was allowed on Article 8 ECHR grounds in light of the Appellant’s vulnerabilities having been a victim of trafficking and forced labour.


Krupeckiene v Lithuania

Saoirse was junior counsel representing the Appellant before a Divisional Court in this appeal concerning the definition of a “judicial authority” following three recent CJEU cases.


Balazs v Crown Prosecution Service

Saoirse acted alone against a Silk. She acted for the Respondent in this application for habeas corpus. The law was clarified concerning time limits for removal in extradition proceedings and applications to discharge.


L Georgiev, I Dimitrov & B Georgiev v Bulgaria

Saoirse represented Mr Dimitrov in the key extradition appeal where it was argued that the Bulgarian authorities could not be trusted to comply with assurances regarding prison conditions where there was evidence of multiple previous breaches.


Connor, Herbert & Shammas v Germany

Saoirse represented Mr Shammas in an extradition appeal where the Appellants were charged in Germany with a multi-million Euro carousel fraud. It was argued that it was an abuse of process to modify the number of offences for which they…





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