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Established extradition lawyers to protect your interests

Cartwright King’s established Extradition Lawyers will do everything possible to fight extradition proceedings against you. We have a proven track record of successfully challenging extradition requests, with expert legal advice from extradition lawyers who represent clients facing extradition from the UK to a variety of foreign governments.

To challenge an extradition request and prevent your extradition, get in touch with our specialist lawyers now.

How Cartwright King’s Extradition Lawyers Can Help You Fight Extradition Requests

Whether you’re facing a potential extradition request or more complex extradition matters, get access to an arsenal of legal support, with experience in extradition cases, who will fight in your corner.

As one of the largest law firms in the country, our extradition solicitors provide no judgement, only determined legal representation that’s focused on you. Whenever and wherever, we’re available to defend you.

European Arrest Warrant – Other Requests

In addition to European countries that order extradition, we can also help with:

  • Extradition requests: Certification, Certificate of Conviction
  • Category 1 & 2 Territories: Judicial and Designated Authority, Dual Criminality; Prima Facie Case Evidence
  • Extradition Offences: Bars to Extradition
  • Bail Application
  • Appeals and Human Rights Challenges
  • Appointing the Best Barrister for Your Case in Criminal Proceedings
  • Instructing and Liaising with Foreign Lawyers and Experts in International Law
  • Money Laundering, Fraud, Business Crime, Cartels, War Crimes, Sexual Offences, Corruption

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Defence of Family Members Facing Extradition Request

If you or any of your family members face extradition or would like to negotiate a more favourable extradition arrangement, having the right law firm on your side is vital. Excellent, dedicated extradition solicitors make the difference in successfully fighting against a formal request for extradition and securing a fair trial, if need be.

Whenever you need representation, we’ll be there with specialist advice and efficient service. You won’t get passed off. We’ll challenge the extradition requests and push to protect you against extradition all the way.

Benefit From a Free, Initial Telephone Conversation

Benefit from a free, initial telephone call with a Cartwright King Extradition Lawyer. Explaining your situation to a specialist will increase your confidence in fighting against extradition and empower you to make every effort to remain in the UK.

There really is no substitute for speaking to a specialist solicitor to start your fight against extradition.
For immediate action, call us or email us for your free* initial discussion.

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you
  • Understand your situation
  • Agree how you want to proceed

*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.

Why Choose Cartwright King’s Extradition Lawyers

Cartwright King’s Lawyers are calm and collected even in the most complex of cases. When faced with extradition proceedings, you need a solicitor that knows what they’re doing, understands the law concerning the process and knows how to protect you from extradition.

Legal Offence

When it comes to extradition, often the best defence is a good offence. We’ll launch a legal offence in your defence, facing your case with you head-on.
Whatever the alleged offences, we listen, we understand and we genuinely care about what happens to you and about protecting you, your family life and your future.

Advice Backed by Experienced Extradition Lawyers

Our advice is backed by experience with dealing with many high-profile cases, with a proven track record in and out of the Courtroom. You can trust this experience to endure throughout your fight against extradition.

Our team of Extradition Lawyers go above and beyond to give you the support you need. You will know that your case is in good hands.

Assurance and Peace of Mind

Working with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor gives you the assurance of having access to legal counsel who will advise you at every stage of your case. And you will have peace of mind that you will be treated right and not suffer an unfair trial.

We’re committed to defending your legal rights and ensuring that you remain in the UK. When you need us most, our Lawyers rise to the challenge.

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We’re a trusted, resourceful Legal 500 top tier law firm with specialist solicitors, giving you defence counsel that you can count on, no matter how complex your case.

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Frequently asked questions.

What is extradition?

Extradition is the transfer of a person to a country outside of the UK, when the requested person is accused or convicted of criminal offences in another jurisdiction, to face prosecution or serve a criminal sentence.

The UK has extradition treaties with many countries, which determine when extradition can be applied and when it can be denied. For example, extradition can be denied if it is for military or political reasons. Extradition is often denied to states where capital punishment is enforced.

How does the UK extradition process work?

The UK extradition process varies depending on the state making the request. For states issuing a European Arrest Warrant (EAW), the process includes:

  • The submission of an EAW (usually electronically, by means of an alert placed on the Second Generation Schengen Information System known as ‘SISII’)
  • A certificate being issued following a proportionality test
  • An arrest being made
  • An initial hearing
  • An extradition hearing

The extradition process for states not issuing an EAW – often referred to as category 2 territories – includes:

  • The submission of an extradition request to the UK Secretary of State
  • A decision by the Secretary of State to certify the extradition request
  • A judge’s decision on whether to issue an arrest warrant
  • The arrested individual being brought before the Court
  • A preliminary hearing
  • An extradition hearing
  • A decision by the Secretary of State on whether to extradite

Can I appeal an extradition decision?

Yes. EAW and category 2 extradition requests can be appealed. However, you should be aware that the state requesting your extradition can also appeal against a decision.

How can I appeal an extradition decision?

If you are the subject of an EAW, you can ask the High Court for leave (permission) to appeal. You must then submit an appeal application within seven days of a decision on your extradition being made. If the High Court gives you permission, your appeal will be considered.

If your appeal is upheld, the extradition order against you will be quashed.

If you’re unhappy with a decision made by the High Court, you can make a final appeal to the Supreme Court – this only applies in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. In Scotland, the Supreme Court will only hear an extradition case where it involves a ‘devolution issue’.

Permission to appeal can be given by the High Court or the Supreme Court itself.

An appeal to the Supreme Court can only be made where the case involves a point of law of general public importance. If permission is granted, the appeal will be heard.

If you are the subject of an extradition request made by a category 2 state, you can appeal a judge’s decision to send your case to the UK Secretary of State in the High Court.

Any application for permission must be made to the High Court within 14 days of the date of the judge’s decision. However, the High Court will not hear the appeal unless and until the Secretary of State orders the requested person’s extradition.

If you’re not satisfied with the decision of the High Court, you can apply for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision. Notice of application for leave to appeal must be given within 14 days of the High Court decision.

Permission can be granted either by the High Court or by the Supreme Court itself. Appeals to the Supreme Court can only be made if the High Court has certified that the case involves a point of law of general public importance.

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