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6KBW is a set well versed in a vast array of extradition proceedings including those held before the Supreme Court and ECtHR. Its clients include international governments, requested persons and judicial authorities. Its members are noted for having particular experience in Russian, US and Indian cases. Recent matters handled include Szalai v Hungary, the leading case on Hungarian prison conditions.
Client service: Andrew Barnes is the senior clerk and Mark Essex is the deputy senior clerk.
A well-regarded and "extremely diligent" junior who both prosecutes and defends. He is highlighted for his expertise in handling difficult extradition matters, and for his experience of undertaking criminal cases.
Strengths: "A stylish advocate." If you have a case with lots of moving parts, he is good as he's able to read and absorb documents very quickly." "Very good both on the subject matter and at recognising the needs of the lay client."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Adam Shmatko, a Russian businessman wanted for extradition to Russia on charges of large-scale VAT fraud. The case involved issues of allegations of political persecution and the risk of torture by beating following arrest in Russia.
A highly regarded extradition junior with considerable experience of both prosecuting and defending European and other governments. He is also regularly instructed privately to advise companies and individuals on extradition matters.
Strengths: "A first-rate barrister who is tactically astute and provides written and oral advocacy of the first water."
Recent work: Represented Banmeet Singh in connection with his potential extradition to the USA. Singh had been charged with conspiracy to import Class A drugs into the USA and supply them to networks on the dark web.
David Perry QC
A leading silk, praised as "a high-quality advocate," who has vast experience of representing numerous foreign governments in extremely high-profile extradition cases. He is particularly experienced in advising on extradition matters relating to financial issues such as fraud, corruption and bribery. Such is his standing, Perry was appointed by the Home Secretary to review the UK's extradition legislation.
Strengths: "A fabulous advocate and a kind individual - that comes through in his advocacy. He has absolutely excellent judgement and a superb legal brain." "Highly respected by Supreme Court judges."
Recent work: Acted in Alexander Zmikhnovskiy v Russian Federation, a case involving issues of political persecution, prison conditions and the risk of torture.
A seasoned extradition practitioner who wins praise for his representation of international governments. Highlighted for his skilful prosecution practice, he has recently acted for the Russian, American and Swedish governments in complex extradition proceedings relating to financial crime, prison conditions and terrorism matters.
Strengths: "An excellent and an extremely fair prosecutor."
Recent work: Acted for the Government of the United States in connection with its extradition request for an individual who travelled to Syria in the context of the conflict there On returning to the USA via Italy the individual had told lies to FBI officers. The issue in the case was whether that conduct amounted to an extradition offence.