Practice Areas

Extradition

‘Temple Garden Chambers includes senior silks handling international criminal law, alongside a growing extradition team.’

(Legal 500 2019)

Temple Garden Chambers’ growing extradition team is recognised in the Legal 500, and a number of its members are ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as leading juniors in the field of extradition and mutual legal assistance.

The team has a broad range and depth of experience, regularly appearing in courts at all levels representing requested persons, the National Crime Agency, the Secretary of State, foreign governments, and judicial authorities within the European Union. Several members have undertaken secondments in the Extradition Unit at the Crown Prosecution Service. Members of the team also lecture extensively and provide training in Extradition practice. Two are current committee members of the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum.

Members of Chambers have been involved in some of the most important extradition cases since the Extradition Act 2003 came into force, including most recently Scott v Government of the United States of America (now the leading case on the forum bar) and Lis, Lange and Chmielewski v Poland (on the impact of constitutional changes enacted by the Polish government). The judgments in the appeal from R (Shields-McKinley) v Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor [2017] EWHC 658 (Admin), dealing with Article 26 of the EAW Framework Decisionand the appeal from Konecny v District Court Czech Republic [2017] EWHC 2360 (Admin), dealing with section 14 of the Act, in which members of the team acted, are awaited from the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court respectively.