Furnival Chambers

Extradition Department

London (Bar)
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A set noted for its involvement in significant extradition cases, Furnival Chambers has members who routinely act for states and requested persons in Part 1 and Part 2 Extradition Act 2003 proceedings. Individuals here are also highly adept at advising on Interpol Red Notices. Interviewees say: "The extradition team is impressive, and the level of talent is there for all to see."

Client service: Stephen Ball is the senior clerk at the set.


Amanda Bostock

A "technically brilliant and very persuasive advocate" who acts for judicial authorities and requested persons in extradition proceedings. She has particular expertise in extradition cases centred on prison conditions in Hungary and Bulgaria, among other foreign states.
Strengths: "Has a good way with clients, and really grasps the issues in a case quickly." "She is a tough cross-examiner and is an expert in cases where Article 3 prison conditions are at issue."
Recent work: Involved in Szalai & Zabolotnyi v Hungary, an Article 3 case concerning prison conditions. This matter specifically concerned the issue of overcrowding in prisons.


Catherine Brown

A highly effective junior with experience of prosecuting and defending difficult extradition cases. She is regularly instructed in Part 1 and Part 2 cases and acts for both the prosecution and defence. Brown is praised for her client care and is noted for her "solid knowledge of case law."
Strengths: "Highly astute and never fazed while on her feet in difficult situations. She is tough in her responses, and her submissions have a level of forcefulness which is highly respected."
Recent work: Acted in Cleveland v USA, an extradition request pertaining to allegations of murder and assault resulting from a shooting in the state of Georgia. The case involved complex issues of joint enterprise.


Joel Smith

A "talented advocate" who has extensive expertise in extradition and serious crime cases. He often represents individuals who have been requested for extradition due to convictions for serious crimes, including murder and terrorism. In addition he acts for foreign governments that have placed those extradition requests.
Strengths: "A fantastic and incredibly hard-working. advocate" who is "very bright and quick to pick out the right arguments." "His written and oral advocacy are both impressive."
Recent work: Appeared in Belgium v Gunther Klar, a case in which the defendant was accused of large-scale trading fraud.


Julia Farrant

An experienced junior who regularly acts on behalf of foreign states such as Greece, Bulgaria and France, among others. Farrant has recently worked on high-profile cases involving prison conditions and European Arrest Warrants.
Strengths: "A solid and reliable practitioner."


Nicholas Hearn

A junior with noted defence and prosecution experience across a variety of complex extradition matters. He is an expert on European Arrest Warrants and the human rights aspects of extradition cases. Hearn also has expertise with regard to Interpol Red Notices.

Strengths: "Hugely industrious" and "really good on his feet." "He is experienced and a great strategist."
Recent work: Represented the Indian government in India v Kuldeep Singh, extradition proceedings pertaining to terrorism allegations against the respondent. The case also involved allegations of a political murder plot.