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Natasha Draycott

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Natasha is a leading extradition barrister who has successfully acted in a number of landmark cases.

She presently defends US allegations of drug importation, a Bermudan request alleging sexual offences and a UAE request for serious fraud allegations. Recent cases have included: India v Kapoor, a complex Part 2 case involving child abduction, led by David Josse QC and Albania v Xhelili, a triple murder case. Natasha is experienced in Russian and Turkish requests.

Natasha also acts for foreign governments. For the US Government in relation to a $70m cyber fraud Konovalenko; for the Swiss Government, a drug importation case; for the Polish Government, one of the first reported ‘forum’ cases Piotrowicz, and for the Hungarian Government in a lengthy human trafficking case Udvardy.

Natasha is adept at making arguments relating to prison conditions in a variety of jurisdictions including Lithuania, Bulgaria (the test cases), Greece, Romania and France. She was recently led by Mark Summers QC in the lead case on Hungarian Prison Conditions Fuzesi and Others.

She has successfully acted in many cases involving Article 8 and was led by Alan Jones QC in the leading authority on Article 8: Celinski & Others and Wisniewski & Others where the Divisional Court certified questions of law to be determined by the Supreme Court. She was the first to win an appeal involving a fugitive with only a partner in the UK, Sobieraj. This was followed by the landmark case of Chmura, the first appeal allowed where the Appellant had no family.

She is experienced in Habeas Corpus and Judicial Review proceedings, Siuda. Natasha appeared in Romania v Iacob, the first case where an application for permission to appeal out of time was granted.