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Extradition is a highly specialist field, but one which is becoming more prominent in the legal landscape as criminal investigations and prosecutions become increasingly international.
Since the Extradition Act 2003 came into force, the number of extradition requests made to the UK from the EU has increased hugely. Requests from other countries have also become more common.
Extradition is now often sought for apparently minor offences as well as more serious ones.
For any individual subject to an extradition request whatever the allegation, the result can be months or years of uncertainty. It is essential to receive expert advice at an early stage.
Our team has recognised experience and expertise in representing clients in extradition proceedings, particularly in cases involving complex or very serious allegations. We give clear strategic advice from the outset, and defend each of our client's interests tenaciously at each stage of the process – from the initial bail application to the final extradition hearing and on appeal if need be. We will work closely with colleagues who specialise in immigration law where necessary.
Martin Rackstraw is ranked in Chambers UK for his extradition practice, in particular for the "attention to detail and meticulous approach" he brings to complex cases. He is adept at handling extradition matters that are highly politically sensitive or that concern potential human rights violations.
- R-v-CA – Martin Rackstraw Represented an individual facing extradition to Belgium for human trafficking offences, which was the first case under the 2003 Extradition Act to be heard in the then House of Lords.
- R-v-M – Martin Rackstraw Represented an individual facing extradition to Rwanda for alleged offences arising from the 1994 genocide.