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Abbey Solicitors experienced in Extradition

21st Jul 2016

Abbey Solicitors’ extradition team are highly experienced in this rapidly developing, complex and technical area of law.

The past several years have been marked by a phenomenal increase in the number of extradition requests to the United Kingdom. This change reflects not only the volume of cases under the European Arrest Warrant system, but a global shift, with requests made by non-EU states which have never before pursued extradition with the UK.

We have been instructed to defend and to act on requests from states as diverse as United Arab Emirates, i.e. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, as well as every EU member state. Abbey Solicitors have been at the forefront of challenges where the legal systems of foreign states and the compatibility of extradition with the human rights of requested persons have been put to the test.

As well as challenging a request when it is made we can also assist clients in avoiding the consequences of an unjustified extradition request being made in the first place. In particular, we can make representations to Interpol to remove a Red Notice listing and can advise on the scope of “political” and “private law” based objections to Interpol Notices and Diffusions.