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The Coronavirus Act 2020: What Extradition Practitioners Need to Know

27th March 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 received royal assent on 25 March 2020. It contains provisions amending the Extradition Act 2003 which came into force on the same day.

The Act makes substantial changes to the use of live links at extradition hearings.

A full briefing note has been prepared by Daniel Sternberg.  It is available here.

On 12 March 2020 Lord Hodge, Lord Sales and Lord Hamblen granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in a case will deal with the viability of assurances which purport to guarantee compliance with Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.  Please see link.

On 18 February 2020 the Divisional Court referred the first and perhaps only UK extradition case to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Please see link.

Chambers is very pleased to welcome Kathryn Howarth, Emilie Pottle and Saoirse Townshend to the extradition team.

Kathryn Howarth specialises in public international law, extradition and public law. She is on the Attorney General’s Public International Law Panel of Counsel and the Attorney General’s Civil Panel of Counsel. She is instructed by UK and foreign government departments and individuals. Kathryn is described in the Legal 500 as combining “intellectual strength with an imperturbable, yet reassuring, court manner”.

Émilie Pottle is an extradition, public and international law specialist. She is recommended in the directories across multiple practice areas and has appeared before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Divisional Court. She represents UK and foreign government departments, individuals and NGOs.

Saoirse Townshend is described in Chambers & Partners 2020 as “A brilliant lawyer with a sharp mind and an unwavering determination to protect her clients.” Saoirse has a dynamic court and advisory practice specialising in extradition and public law. Saoirse is instructed alone and is led in complex and novel points of law before the Supreme Court and the Divisional Court. Saoirse is ranked in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

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Daniel Sternberg

Daniel Sternberg
Year of Call: 2006

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Year of Call: 2005

Émilie Pottle

Émilie Pottle
Year of Call: 2008

Saoirse Townshend

Saoirse Townshend
Year of Call: 2010

Benjamin Seifert

Benjamin Seifert
Year of Call: 2007

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