Jack Shepherd extradition: A simple case, but it could take six months to resolve.

BCL partner, Michael Drury speaks to Jonathan Ames at The Times about the possible outcomes for Jack Shepherd now that he has handed himself into the Georgian authorities.

Below is a short excerpt from the article* that can be found in full on The Times website.

‘Britain’s diplomats will lodge the request with the Georgian government and according to Michael Drury, a partner at BCL Solicitors in London who has acted in extradition cases involving Georgia, Shepherd could be returned to the UK in less than a month if he does not challenge the request.

However, there is a chance that he will contest it on the grounds that he did not have a fair trial in England and is not likely to have a fair hearing if he is returned. If so, a decision by the Georgian courts could take up to six months. “The local courts do not move quickly,” Mr Drury said.’

BCL partner, Michael Drury has a diverse practice, ranging from extradition (where he has successfully represented senior Ministers and others in former Soviet Union states, defeating extradition claims and securing the removal of and preventing the issue of Red Notices) to representing individuals in regulatory proceedings brought by the FCA (in LIBOR and other matters); acting in criminal investigations by the SFO (including for corporates and individuals in bribery and corruption cases, and in LIBOR); acting in investigations by the Information Commissioner’s Office (in the spin off from NCA investigations into ‘blagging’); and representing individuals in arenas as wide ranging as the Metropolitan Police investigation into the alleged involvement of British officials in the transfer of individuals to Libya under the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to fraud investigations by a variety of police forces in England and Wales.

*This article was first published by The Times on 24th January 2019. Full details can be found here.