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"A solid and established set" that has experienced further growth in the extradition sector with the recent recruitment to its ranks of the likes of Saoirse Townshend and Emilie Pottle. The practitioners here routinely represent requested persons, judicial authorities and the National Crime Agency. Recent cases handled include those relating to the rule of law, prison conditions and human rights issues.
Client service: Dean Norton is senior clerk of the team and is supported by joint first junior clerks Nancy Rice and Keith Sharman.
"Full of energy and inventiveness," Seifert is a respected practitioner who is highlighted for his experience of handling leading prison conditions cases and difficult extradition matters. He represents foreign states, judicial authorities and individuals in extradition proceedings. Seifert is additionally praised for his complementary strength in immigration law.
Strengths: "Fights hard for his clients" and is "an excellent advocate who is always thoroughly prepared." "He goes the extra mile and argues his points very well."
Recent work: Successfully acted for an applicant in an appeal against extradition to the Netherlands to face charges of armed robbery. The appeal concerned issues of assault while in custody and subsequent PTSD.
An "extremely bright" prosecution specialist with strong experience of handling European Arrest Warrants and assisting European governments with extradition requests regarding individuals based in the UK. Interviewees call him "an assiduous and thorough lawyer" who is "good on technical, black-letter law."
Strengths: "His advocacy style is very calm and collected, and he is very smooth in his presentation." "His level of research and the quality of his analysis are both impressive." "He is meticulous when it comes to his paperwork."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel opposing the US government's application to extradite a man accused of being a leading member of a criminal group operating in South Asia. The group was alleged to have permitted its smuggling routes to be used by Osama bin Laden.
A fine barrister who is frequently instructed in cases concerning European Arrest Warrants. She also has expertise in matters relating to international criminal law.
Strengths: "Adopts a sensitive approach and is able to deal with vulnerable people very well. Passionate and thorough, she really digs deep to explore the issues in the case."
Recent work: Acted for Carol Lloyd in resisting an extradition request to Canada. This case considered the poor mental health care available at detention centres in Alberta and issues of risk of suicide.
Has a strong profile acting in public law, extradition and immigration cases, and is praised for both his "impressive knowledge of extradition law" and good client care. His practice includes prison law and immigration law judicial reviews, which involve elements of extradition. Grandison routinely acts for individuals facing extradition to most European jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Myles is excellent on the law and a convincing advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the Secretary of State for Justice in Shields-McKinley v Secretary of State for Justice, a case concerning the requirement for a sentencing judge to state, in open court, the number of days taken into account while a prisoner was awaiting extradition.
An impressive junior, praised for her defence work and someone who continues to develop a sophisticated extradition practice both as a jury and an appellate advocate. She is particularly well versed in European Arrest Warrant cases, and acts for both requesting governments and requested persons. Townshend has appeared in the Supreme Court in cases relating to European Arrest Warrants.
Strengths: "Dynamic, bright and creative." "She has a very quiet and assured approach in court" and is "a determined and knowledgeable advocate who cares deeply about her clients."
Recent work: Represented one of the applicants in Bartulis and Others v Lithuania. The case involved Article 3 and the risk of inter-prisoner violence within Lithuanian prisons.