“Specialist expertise in politically sensitive matters, frequently acting on proceedings involving multiple jurisdictions, asset freezing and Interpol red notices.”
BCL specialises in representing high-profile individuals (including members of government, company directors and entrepreneurs) in extradition cases.
We have particular expertise in politically sensitive matters and frequently act in proceedings involving multiple jurisdictions, asset freezing and Interpol red notices. Much of our extradition work is one part of a wider remit acting for individuals in multi-national criminal investigations, coordinating large teams of international lawyers.
We have a proven track record in defending extradition cases. In 2005 we successfully defended one of the first major politically motivated extradition cases brought by the Russian Federation (a senior executive of Yukos). Since then, we have represented numerous businessmen and former government ministers prosecuted and pursued by countries around the world including in particular many European countries, the US and various countries within the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Alongside defending substantive extradition proceedings, we represent our clients’ position to Interpol, with a view to avoiding or challenging the issue of a “Red Notice”. Such notices often foreshadow the issue of an extradition request (and may remain in place after the successful defence of an extradition request) and inevitably restrict a person’s ability to travel freely. We also ensure through our extensive contacts in this and other jurisdictions that our clients receive effective advice on all relevant aspects of their matter, from immigration issues (including applications for political asylum) to negotiating directly with overseas enforcement agencies and co-ordinating the defence of trials taking place overseas.
BCL’s lawyers enjoy pre-eminent reputations in their field. We are top ranked by Chambers UK, The Legal 500 and numerous other legal directories. As enforcement agencies around the world engage in ever more co-operation with their international partners, it is critical for persons subject to potential or actual overseas prosecutions to receive timely, expert advice from lawyers skilled in dealing with such cases.