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A true market leader when it comes to human rights issues, Matrix Chambers has a strong footprint in the extradition sector. It is particularly impressive in financial and corporate crime cases, having acted in notable matters such as the recent India v Vijay Mallya case, which related to financial charges following on from the collapse of Kingfisher Airlines. Members at the set appear for both prosecuting authorities and defence solicitors in the most high-profile and complex cases at home and abroad, often acting on both sides.
Client service: "They are excellent and quick at getting back to you." Paul Venables is the senior practice manager, overseeing the crime and international law teams.
Alex Bailin QC
A silk who focuses his practice on business crime, human rights and extradition matters. He regularly represents foreign states as well as requested persons in extradition proceedings. His expertise also includes cases involving Interpol Red Notices.
Strengths: "A superb silk" who "displays strong forensic attention to detail." "Innovative, very smooth and a class act, he takes the case to another level."
Recent work: Acted for an individual resisting extradition to the USA to face charges relating to joint enterprise murder resulting from a drive-by shooting.
Clare Montgomery QC
An "outstanding" practitioner known for her involvement in incredibly high-profile cases. She is particularly well versed in assisting individuals who are being sought for extradition by international governments as a result of alleged criminal offences.
Strengths: "Phenomenal in terms of her knowledge, preparation and ability to think outside of the box." "She prepares very thoroughly and is supremely intelligent. Always on top of the papers, she is a highly collaborative and proactive lawyer." "An incredible advocate who has the court eating out of the palm of her hand."
Recent work: Appeared in India v Nirav Modi, an extradition case concerning a high-end jeweller.
A "rising star at the Extradition Bar" who prosecutes and defends complex and high-profile extradition cases, many of which involve prison conditions. She is noted for her client care and the thoroughness of her approach.
Strengths: "A forceful advocate who really cares about her clients," "she is a persuasive and passionate performer." "She possesses strong technical knowledge and is good on esoteric points of law. Florence is exceptional at dealing with emotive cases."
Recent work: Acted as junior in the high-profile Julian Assange extradition case.
An "excellent" advocate who represents requesting states and requested persons in extradition proceedings, and who regularly appears before both the Supreme Court and the Divisional Court. He has developed particular expertise in assisting Greece in its extradition requests, and has further represented both private individuals and other European governments.
Strengths: "An excellent junior who works to an incredibly high standard." "Responsive, clever and calm under pressure," he is "a very bright man."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in the case of Russian Federation v Kindrachuk, which related to alleged drug offences.
Mark Summers QC
An expert in mutual legal assistance who represents individuals as well as European and other governments in all manner of extradition cases. He has particular experience of handling US extradition matters. Sources praise him for being a "smooth, articulate counsel."
Strengths: "An absolutely outstanding silk whose knowledge and intellectual breadth really set him apart." "A great scholar and a powerful advocate who is very knowledgeable."
Recent work: Represented the US government in USA v Pearse, Singh & Subeva. This case concerned the extradition of three former Credit Suisse bankers charged with arranging hidden loans to Mozambique.