3 Raymond Buildings

Extradition Department

London (Bar)
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A set known for the consistent excellence of its members, 3 Raymond Buildings has long been a major player in the extradition sphere. It has for years been involved in high-profile cases, advising and acting for both requesting foreign governments and authorities, as well as requested individuals. Members regularly appear before the High Court, Supreme Court and ECtHR. Members here are noted for their advice on mutual legal assistance, and regularly counsel the UK authorities.

Client service: The team is led by the senior clerk, Eddie Holland, who is "an honest and straight guy."


Ben Watson

A leading extradition junior who is considered a "star of the future" and who has vast experience in cases concerning European Arrest Warrants and extradition relating to international terrorism issues. He is also well versed in the area of mutual legal assistance, and is experienced in both prosecuting and defending individuals and foreign governments. 
Strengths: "Possesses a huge range of skills and is good as part of a team. He is expert at analysing and digesting complex material." "Extremely intelligent and always well prepared, he is particularly impressive when it comes to his written work." "A silk in waiting, he has an extremely good demeanour in court."
Recent work: Appeared in France v Djouhri, a case involving allegations of the creation of a corrupt electoral financing scheme to support Nicolas Sarkozy.


Clair Dobbin

Has a broad practice encompassing public law and human rights as well as extradition. She has undertaken some of the most high-profile and sensitive extradition work of recent years, and has appeared in cases in the Supreme Court and the ECtHR. She is highlighted by peers for her work for the UK and US governments, providing counsel and representation in extradition litigation.
Strengths: "An excellent barrister who is very clear-minded." "A really clever lawyer."
Recent work: Appeared as junior counsel, acting for the US government, in relation to its extradition request for Julian Assange.


Helen Malcolm QC

A "well established" extradition advocate who is recognised as a "heavyweight practitioner in this field" and has particular expertise in European extradition matters. She combines her mastery of extradition with capability in fraud law, and often represents individuals facing extradition as a result of financial crime. She also boasts experience handling requested person cases and extradition allegations relating to genocide. Malcolm frequently represents foreign governments in extradition requests.
Strengths: "Enormously experienced and has great gravitas and authority." "She is tactically brilliant and charming in court."
Recent work: Acted for Azerbaijan in extradition proceedings against Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of a former chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan accused of the embezzlement of huge sums of money. Mrs Hajiyeva attracted much attention when it was disclosed that she had spent over £16 million at Harrods.


Hugo Keith QC

Praised for his meticulous preparation and excellent client care. He handles the most complex and high-profile extradition proceedings, many of which are subject to great media interest.
Strengths: "A man of great judgement who is very much at the cerebral end of criminal work and always spots good legal points. Good at public law challenges, he is highly rated for appellate work." "One of the go-to silks for the most complicated extradition work, he is a brilliant advocate." 
Recent work: Successfully acted for Turkish tycoon Hamdi Akin Ipek in his fight against an extradition request by the Turkish government. Turkey requested him in order to face charges of fraud and money laundering.


James Hines QC

An experienced extradition practitioner who is highlighted by market sources for his skilled preparation of complex matters. He is particularly known for his advisory work on the extradition front and is highly experienced at assisting governments and foreign fugitives in various different courts. Commentators say: "He has reams of case law at his fingertips."
Strengths: "Keeps his eye on the bigger picture, while having a full grasp of all the details in the case."  "He has a razor-sharp mind and a thoroughly personable and charming manner about him. James is an absolute gentleman to work with."
Recent work: Represented Ivica Todoric in an extradition appeal heard before the Administrative Court. The case was heavily political and involved a thorough examination and analysis of the legal system in Croatia.


James Lewis QC

A silk with in-depth experience of the most complex and challenging extradition cases, who has particular experience of extradition requests stemming from US legislation. He frequently appears in the Supreme Court, acting for both defendants and the government.
Strengths: "A phenomenal advocate who is both commanding and knowledgeable."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel for the prosecution in the extradition case relating to Jack Warner, the former Vice-President of FIFA. This was a US government extradition request connected to corruption allegations.


Matthew Butt QC

A well-regarded extradition barrister who is noted for his ability to handle complex and uncommon cases. He has represented requested persons who have been convicted of offences including fraud, torture and murder.
Strengths: "An incredibly clever lawyer." "He gets his head round the most complicated and difficult legal situations imaginable and is great with the client."
Recent work: Represented the Metropolitan Police Service in proceedings relating to the US extradition of Guy Savage, an alleged international arms dealer.


Rachel Barnes

A criminal law specialist with an extremely strong extradition practice. She boasts particular expertise in matters stemming from the USA and has experience of acting both for requested persons and governments. She is also an expert on Interpol Red Notices and has experience in international law and cross-border matters.
Strengths: "Fights hard for the client and always has complete mastery of the law and the evidence in a case." "She is able to process the most complex legal points and exploit them to the client's advantage. Her capacity to work at the highest level is extraordinary. and the precision of her  drafting is a thing to behold."
Recent work: Acted in USA v Zaman & Okeakpu, extradition proceedings relating to a £500 million online fraud scheme known as the 'Infraud Organisation'.


Rachel Scott

A highly regarded junior who handles high-profile extradition cases in relation to heavyweight fraud and financial crime. She represents both requesting states and requested persons and is particularly experienced in extradition matters involving Russia and Ukraine. Scott is well versed in judicial review and appellate proceedings relating to extradition. She also has experience of conducting requests to Interpol for the removal of Red Notices.

Strengths: "A true expert in this field who is good with clients and incredibly charming. What’s great about Rachel is that she respects and gets to know her opponents."
Recent work: Represented the Government of Nigeria in an extradition request to the UK concerning an individual facing allegations of fraud and immigration offences.