Specialist Criminal & Regulatory Barristers

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East Anglia: 01245 280 880

Extradition & Mutual Legal assistance

Red Lion Chambers has vast experience in extradition proceedings and mutual legal assistance agreements (MLA).  With our 70 year history in all criminal matters we are accustomed to transnational criminal cases and are commonly instructed in complex and highly sensitive extradition and mutual legal assistance matters.

Many extradition cases have a human rights dimension, where the legal consequences can have a profound effect on the party’s dependents. We have the skill and knowledge required to support parties throughout all stages of an extradition case. We can help draft letters of request, oversee the drafting and execution of European arrest warrants, and mutual assistance matters between European countries.

We are specialists in the area of extradition and mutual legal assistance and are equipped at handling the various complexities that are unique to each case.


Our barristers have an excellent understanding of the principles and procedures of extradition law and mutual legal assistance agreements and advise on both domestic and overseas requests.
Experts in analysing and processing the individual complexities of such cases, we frequently advise on the obtaining of overseas evidence and material and on the freezing and confiscation of assets in mutual legal assistance cases.

Our understanding of this area covers both the defence and prosecution of any given case. We are confident advising and providing guidance to parties on all stages of the legal process.
Red Lion Chambers receive requests from foreign governments and also represent clients who face criminal proceedings. As a result, we are fully conversant with Part 1 and Part 2 of the Extradition Act 2003.


Case Types

Extradition cases are invariably complicated. Some proceedings may involve defendants within the jurisdiction who have legally challenged the state’s efforts to remove them. Some parties will be situated abroad, but are alleged to have committed crimes within the jurisdiction, or have been said to have fled the jurisdiction after allegedly committing offences. We have been faced with a variety of case types and we are therefore confident in our ability to competently represent our clients.
We provide careful consideration of the substantive evidence in all extradition matters, from domestic or foreign jurisdictions, questions of privilege, and the final disclosure of proceedings.


Red Lion Chambers specialise in defending and prosecuting complex cases of regulatory and criminal fraud. Recommended year after year by leading directories, we continue to demonstrate our specialist knowledge in this rapidly changing area.

We have appeared in many high-profile trans-national fraud cases. Due to the nature of these cases, our barristers have great experience in securing European Arrest warrants, issues of extradition, mutual legal assistance, and evidence obtained by the Letter of Request.

Case Work:

Germany v DJ (2015)
Appeared in the magistrates’ court and in the Administrative Court to oppose the extradition of a British national accused of large-scale tax fraud on human rights grounds. (Jane Oldfield)

Bascevicius v Lithuania (2014)
Led junior representing the Appellant in a case before the High Court concerning conditions in prisons and police detention in Lithuania. (Klentiana Mahmutaj)

Vreibe v Romania [2012] EWHC 678 (Admin)
Application to stay pending the outcome of domestic proceedings challenging the legality of a decision by the Romanian Supreme Court. Included application for interim measures before the European Court of Human Rights. (Klentiana Mahmutaj)

Beretki v Romania [2012] EWHC 336 (Admin)
The first case that dealt in detail with the application of s 20 of EA 2003 and Article 6 of the ECHR in activation of suspended sentence orders. (Klentiana Mahmutaj)

Silvio Berlusconi and David Mills
Prosecution counsel in UK MLA proceedings - involved taking of evidence from key witnesses; issues as to legal professional privilege both in the UK and Italy; jurisdictional legal arguments and issues over the transmission of material via UKCA. (Gillian Jones)

France v BF (2009)
Represented the defendant, a British national, whose extradition was sought by the French authorities in respect of an allegation of murder (or equivalent). Opposed extradition on the grounds of delay at first instance and in the Administrative Court. (Jane Oldfield)
Represented the Crown in foreign applications for mutual legal assistance in the UK and drafted UK applications for MLA. (Sara Lawson)

For More Information or To Instruct Us

Identifying the right barrister and ensuring their early involvement is essential to maximising the prospects of a positive outcome. With our expert understanding of the criminal justice system, we guide our clients through the legal process.

Our barristers regularly undertake privately funded, direct access and legal aid, work.

To discuss your options in more detail and for more information regarding our transparent fees’ structure, please contact our clerking team, led by Chambers Director, Mark Bennett.


For specific case enquiries, or to hear more about our services, please contact our clerking team.


If you are a professional client and would like to discuss in-house training and seminar opportunities, please contact Jennifer Ukaegbu.



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Chambers UK - Fraud

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Chambers UK - Fraud

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Chambers UK - Fraud

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