Doughty Street Chambers

Extradition Department

London (Bar)
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Doughty Street members generally act for requested persons in extradition proceedings and are known for the commitment and ingenuity they bring to all their cases. They are  regularly involved in the most high-profile matters of the day and are noted for having developed extradition law itself through the bringing of test cases before the Supreme Court. Individuals here act for defendants both in the UK and in international extradition courts, and have appeared in a number of Privy Council appeals. They have undertaken a number of cases involving war crimes, cyber crime and multinational frauds, and are particularly known for running important human rights arguments. Commentators say: "Doughty Street is an excellent set with a full complement of talented barristers capable of tackling the most complex extradition cases."

Client service: "The clerks are helpful and good at preparing bundles." "They are responsive and easy to get hold of." Matthew Butchard is the senior practice manager.


Amelia Nice

An "extremely thorough and creative" extradition advocate who represents requesting states as well as requested persons. She has developed particular expertise in handling extradition matters involving children, especially those concerning child abduction and trafficking. Nice attracts praise for her sensitivity with clients.
Strengths: "Extremely bright, she combines an eye for detail with the ability to identify what really matters in a case " "She's calm and measured in her approach, but also knows how to really fight for her clients." "Amelia doesn't just look at surface issues, but also peripheral issues, and is tactically astute."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Mr Szujecki appealing an extradition request made by Poland. The court accepted that Szujecki had severe PTSD, and that it would be therefore unjust to extradite him.


Ben Cooper QC

He is particularly experienced at handling US extradition requests and also highly capable of conducting extradition cases relating to complex human rights issues. Interviewees praise him for being "an intelligent, caring and thoughtful barrister."

Strengths: "An extremely measured character who is a charming advocate." "Totally dedicated and imaginative when it comes to his legal arguments."
Recent work: Represented David Smith in connection with two extradition requests by the US government relating to fraud and money laundering charges. The matter involved issues of abuse of process.


Edward Fitzgerald QC

A "passionate advocate" with a varied practice who regularly takes on the most serious cases and represents the most high-profile defendants such as Gary McKinnon and Boris Berezovsky. He is highly regarded for his expertise in human rights and civil liberties.
Strengths: "A genius." "When it comes to acting for requested persons in human rights-heavy cases, he is just right up there. He is excellent and has great depth of knowledge."
Recent work: Represented Julian Assange in his fight against extradition to the USA.


Graeme Hall

Highly recommended for his extradition defence practice, he provides strategic advice and is an expert in constitutional challenges to extradition law. He is particularly noted for defending extradition requests relating to allegations of complex fraud and money laundering.

Strengths: "The standard of his written submissions is impressive and he is very astute when it comes to the law." "Very good at technical arguments, he can come up with all kinds of different angles to a case." "Graeme is very tenacious and thinks outside the box."
Recent work: Advised billionaire businessman Joseph Lau on his constitutional challenge to the Hong Kong Extradition Bill. After this litigation and following protests, the Hong Kong government withdrew the bill.


Kate O'Raghallaigh

A well-regarded junior who is regularly instructed in high-profile and complex extradition proceedings, and experienced in handling extradition cases concerning Article 8 and children's rights. She also has extensive expertise in terrorism-related matters.
Strengths: "Has deep knowledge of human rights and is an effective and tenacious advocate." "Kate is a rising star who is full of ideas, has a huge amount of energy and is very good with the client."
Recent work: Acted in Nathan Wyatt v USA, a case concerning a British citizen accused of computer hacking-related offences in the USA.


Malcolm Hawkes

A junior who specialises in extradition and is praised for being "an incredibly strong advocate," he is regularly instructed in high-profile matters and has significant experience of handling international extradition requests. Hawkes is adept at conducting complex cases relating to European Arrest Warrants that encompass human rights issues, and is also extremely experienced handling Interpol Red Notices.
Strengths: "Very bright and very imaginative in the way that he constructs arguments. He is exceptionally knowledgeable on extradition; he knows it inside and out." "Totally dedicated and highly creative in his legal arguments."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in Chawla v India. The appeal centred on issues of the risk of police torture, inhumane and degrading prison conditions and judicial delay.


Mary Westcott

Has extensive expertise in relation to ECHR and public law and is regularly instructed in complex extradition matters. She is particularly experienced at handling matters involving inhumane prison conditions, human trafficking and children's rights. Interviewees say: "She is a really tenacious fighter who is a go-to for human rights-heavy cases."
Strengths: "Extremely gifted at dealing with lay clients and people in difficult circumstances." "She is very thorough and will leave no stone unturned for every individual that she represents. Mary always ensures every possible argument and avenue is explored, and works exceptionally hard." "She is a diligent and fearless advocate with vast experience of extradition work at all levels."
Recent work: Acted for Mr Ahmed, a refugee from Iraq, in Belgium v Idiako Ahmed. Westcott successfully resisted an extradition request initiated with the intention that her client would serve a three-year prison sentence for people trafficking.


Peter Caldwell

Well regarded for the depth of his knowledge in complex extradition matters, he is experienced both as a prosecutor and as defence counsel. He has handled numerous complex and high-profile extradition requests, including European Arrest Warrant matters and individual cases of British citizens facing extradition to international jurisdictions. Caldwell has additional expertise in offering counsel on Interpol Red Notices. He also has experience of advising financial corporations and government agencies.
Strengths: "A first choice for complex cases," who is "in the upper echelons of extradition barristers."
Recent work: Acted for one of the defendants in India v Raijada (& Dhir), an extradition case concerning allegations of conspiracy to murder a child on behalf of whom an insurance policy was taken out. The case involved potential life imprisonment without parole.