Cloth Fair Chambers

Extradition Department

London (Bar)
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Cloth Fair Chambers is home to notable extradition practitioners who routinely represent wealthy individuals and those involved in high-profile proceedings. In addition to dealing with extradition requests relating to financial crime matters, the barristers here also handle cases relating to other serious crimes including sexual offences.

Client service: Adrian Chapman and Mark O'Neill are the senior clerks.

Aaron Watkins

"An outstanding extradition junior who is highly sought after," he defends individuals and represents governments in complex extradition proceedings, often appearing before the Supreme Court. He also boasts an impressive advisory practice. Sources highlight him for his in-depth knowledge of Part 2 extradition matters.
Strengths: "A first-rate barrister, both in terms of his  advocacy and drafting."
Recent work: Acted for the Indian government in connection with its request for the extradition of the owner of Kingfisher Airlines, Vijay Mallya. The case involved issues of fraud, human rights and political persecution.

Rachel Kapila

An experienced junior who prosecutes and defends a broad range of extradition cases. She is regularly instructed by the CPS and has appeared in the High Court and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Clear and organised in her advocacy." "Her written work is great and she is able to take on cases without a leader."
Recent work: Acted for the US government in relation to the extradition proceedings against Autonomy founder Michael Lynch. Lynch was accused of wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy.