"Three Raymond Buildings has an acknowledged reputation in extradition and international crime matters, and more generally 'has an outstanding team which has a great depth of expertise and experience'."

Legal 500 2019

"With 'no weak links' Three Raymond Buildings has an 'excellent reputation' in extradition and international crime matters”

Legal 500 2019

"Three Raymond Buildings 'has enormous expertise in extradition."

Legal 500 2020

"Three Raymond Buildings 'has many barristers at all levels with extradition expertise'."

Legal 500 2019

"Reliably excellent' for extradition matters."

Legal 500 2020

Three Raymond Buildings has been at the forefront of extradition law for over fifty years and is the leading set in this field. From the Pinochet case, in which we were instructed on all sides of the proceedings, and Berezovsky, to, more recently, US v Abu Hamza, US v Gary McKinnon, the Rwandan cases, South Africa v Dewani, and Julian Assange, we have acted in many of the landmark cases and, as such, have been instrumental in shaping the development of extradition law.

The depth and breadth of expertise and experience within Chambers means that we are able to advise any party at all stages of the extradition process. We regularly advise and represent requesting states, foreign governments, the CPS and the Secretary of State, and requested individuals, from the initial hearing in Westminster Magistrates’ court through to appellate proceedings before the High Court, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. We also advise on UK requests for extradition as well as on extradition proceedings in foreign and Commonwealth jurisdictions.

Our unparalleled reputation in this field is sustained by recognised extradition specialists at all levels of call. The late Clive Nicholls QC was co-author of the leading textbook, The Law of Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance (OUP), and senior members of Chambers act as expert witnesses on matters of UK extradition law in foreign jurisdictions and contribute to lectures and seminars both domestically and internationally. Three silks in chambers (Helen Malcolm QC, Hugo Keith QC and James Lewis QC) are consistently top ranked in Bar guides.

We are experts in mutual legal assistance and are instructed regularly by the UK authorities to advise upon and draft letters of request to foreign jurisdictions. We also provide advice and representation to individuals and companies affected by mutual legal assistance requests, including potential suspects and witnesses, and offer advice regarding their rights and possible grounds for challenging the process.

We provide advice to foreign governments wishing to make requests to the UK to obtain evidence for their own domestic proceedings and representation in any subsequent legal challenges brought by the subject of such a request.

Find the right barrister

To find the right extradition barrister, and to discuss any possible instructions, please contact our clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email clerks@3rblaw.com.

Areas of expertise

Julian Assange


Cando Armas

Abu Hamza

Boris Berezovsky


USA v Bermingham ('the NatWest Three)


Gary McKinnon

Shrien Dewani

Extradition barristers

Queen's Counsel

James Lewis QC

Call: 1987 / QC: 2002

Barrister - James Lewis QC

Hugo Keith QC

Call: 1989 / QC: 2009

Barrister - Hugo Keith QC

Simon Farrell QC

Call: 1983 / QC: 2003

Barrister - Simon Farrell QC

Helen Malcolm QC

Call: 1986 / QC: 2006

Barrister - Helen Malcolm QC

John Hardy QC

Call: 1988 / QC: 2008

Barrister - John Hardy QC

James Hines QC

Call: 1982 / QC: 2015

Barrister - James Hines QC

Matthew Butt QC

Call: 2002 / QC: 2020

Barrister - Matthew Butt QC
Junior Barristers

Saba Naqshbandi

Call: 1996

Barrister - Saba Naqshbandi

Clair Dobbin

Call: 1999

Barrister - Clair Dobbin

Nicholas Yeo

Call: 1999

Barrister - Nicholas Yeo

Ben Watson

Call: 2002

Barrister - Ben Watson

Rachel Scott

Call: 2004

Barrister - Rachel Scott

Rachel Barnes

Call: 2004

Barrister - Rachel Barnes

Bo-Eun Jung

Call: 2005

Barrister - Bo-Eun Jung

Robert Morris

Call: 2008

Barrister - Robert Morris

Emma Collins

Call: 2008

Barrister - Emma Collins

Heather Oliver

Call: 2010

Barrister - Heather Oliver

Patrick Hill

Call: 2010

Barrister - Patrick Hill

Kitty St Aubyn

Call: 2010

Barrister - Kitty St Aubyn

Daniel Mansell

Call: 2012

Barrister - Daniel Mansell

Eva Niculiu

Call: 2013

Barrister - Eva Niculiu

Reka Hollos

Call: 2014

Barrister - Reka Hollos

Rebecca Hadgett

Call: 2015

Barrister - Rebecca Hadgett

Genevieve Woods

Call: 2016

Barrister - Genevieve Woods

Ciju Puthuppally

Call: 2017

Barrister - Ciju Puthuppally

Ryan Dowding

Call: 2017

Barrister - Ryan Dowding

Ruby Shrimpton

Call: 2018

Barrister - Ruby Shrimpton

Charles McCombe

Call: 2017

Barrister - Charles McCombe

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