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Protecting People Internationally

There are many reasons why someone may find themselves displaced from their home country. They may have fled to the UK as a safe haven from persecution due to their race, religion or political opinion or be based in the UK and now become subject to politically motivated extradition requests.

With decades of experience in immigration, asylum and extradition matters, we understand the impact of these processes and are able to guide our clients through these complex and difficult circumstances.

Our team takes a strategic approach to advise individuals who may be aware of, or acting in anticipation of, human rights issues or facing persecution. Drawing on expertise across our firm and working proactively with our clients’ external advisors, we provide a consolidated strategy and holistic advice, recognising the very nuanced interplay between asylum and extradition proceedings. We work collaboratively with all stakeholders to deploy the strongest protection for our clients.

Our considerable experience of utilising the full ambit of immigration law often allows us to obtain discretionary immigration solutions which may allow clients to secure residency in the UK, obviating the need for lengthy, expensive and stressful asylum proceedings.

The team has particular experience resisting extradition requests made on the basis of human rights infringements or political motivation. We recognise that state-sponsored corporate raiding is often the catalyst for criminal investigations and resulting extradition requests and that governmental change can lead to individuals being targeted through no fault of their own.

We ensure our clients are properly prepared in the event quick action is required, ensuring they are in the best position to protect themselves, their family and their assets if the time comes.

If you are looking for immigration advice we have teams that deal with both personal and business immigration.

We advise on citizenship and naturalisation for those seeking to establish themselves in another country for the long term.

We advise those fleeing persecution due to their race, religion, ethnicity, political opinion or membership of a particular social group. We regularly advise clients with a high profile in their country of origin in respect of claims for protection under the Geneva Convention. 

We provide specialist advice at every stage of the extradition process – from pre-emptory work in relation to an anticipated request, to the substantive extradition hearing and, where necessary, appeals. As an extradition request often forms only one part of a broader legal dispute, we ensure that any defence is formulated with a global strategy in mind, including the removal of Red Notices, immigration objectives, related civil litigation and reputational issues.

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