We regularly advise clients before extradition proceedings commence. We have the skill and experience to deal with Interpol Red Notices, which are often the first indication that a person may be facing a potential extradition request. In many cases, we are able to either negotiate with the authorities to avoid extradition proceedings completely or to obtain a more favourable outcome if a person is extradited.
Where an extradition request is made, we advise on the technical, statutory and human rights challenges available and proactively defend our clients from these requests.
In today’s global economy, almost every serious business crime case will involve the gathering of evidence from several jurisdictions and often there will be joint investigations, particularly between UK, US and EU regulators. Mutual legal assistance (MLA) is the means by which countries request and provide help in obtaining evidence located in one country in order to assist with a criminal investigation or proceedings in another country. This may be done through international treaty or convention arrangements.
Our MLA lawyers have extensive experience in representing businesses and individuals who are either witnesses or suspects in transnational criminal cases and all types of international investigations. Sometimes those clients will be individuals based overseas, or companies seeking advice. We advise clients about the risks of extradition as well as their rights and obligations under MLA arrangements.