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We are widely considered as a leading firm with a formidable record for undertaking criminal defence work over the last three decades. Our vastly experienced team of criminal lawyers are adept in representing clients from the police station through to the crown court.
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We have outstanding experience in preventing and successfully defending extradition requests. Any individual can be liable for extradition if accused or convicted of a crime in a foreign country. We can prevent extradition proceedings before they start, or have proceedings discharged if already commenced.
Thanks to our exceptional performance and knowledge, we are widely recognised as specialist practitioners in this niche area of complex law. We are highly ranked in Chambers & Partners UK and have an excellent international reputation for our work. Having practiced in the extradition and criminal law sector for several decades, we have built up considerable experience regarding EU (European Arrest Warrant “EAW”) and worldwide extradition cases.
We provide remarkable skill and expertise when deal with Interpol Red Notices, which are often the first indication that a person may be facing a potential extradition request. In many instances, we are able to prevent extradition or negotiate with the authorities to avoid proceedings or to obtain a more favourable outcome if a person is extradited.
We regularly advise on available technical, statutory and human rights challenges and proactively defend our clients from these requests. We have notable experience of successfully defending politically motivated extraditions.
Our expert lawyers have provided advice in relation to many countries across the world, including all EU countries. We have also advised on and provided representation on requests from clients worldwide. This includes countries such as the USA, Russia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Kenya, Egypt, and Nigeria.
Our team of knowledgeable lawyers come from a range of varied backgrounds. As such, we are able to provide legal advice and representation in a number of languages.
If a client is in custody, we will promptly apply for bail in the first instance at Westminster Magistrates’ Court or appeal a bail decision to the High Court.
We will make a robust challenge against extradition requests on technical, legal or human rights considerations. Human rights considerations can include the right to a fair trial under Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights, the right to a private or family life under Article 8, and the right not to suffer inhuman or degrading treatment against Article 3.
Other ways of successfully preventing extradition may be based on the express content of the extradition request itself. The law in the United Kingdom also provides a number of bars to extradition. These include the physical or mental health of a person, passage of time, double jeopardy, and extraneous considerations such as politically motivated requests.
Our team are very experienced and skilful in gathering the best possible evidence to support any challenges to extradition and have a firm network with a number of international experts, lawyers and international associations.
We regularly represent client in extradition appeals at higher courts, including the Supreme Court. Our Solicitors are also well-versed with applications to the European Court of Human Rights. We have also successfully negotiated sentence transfers and deal with returning prisoners to their country.
We are closely involved in a number domestic and international lawyers’ associations, including:
- The Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum (DELF),
- The Extradition Lawyers Association (ELA),
- International Bar Association,
- The European Criminal Bar Association,
- Spanish Bar Association
and other international bodies. This means that we have strong links to a network of international lawyers and experts. We always endeavour to work with them to achieve favourable outcomes for our clients' cases.
If you have any questions relating to extradition and international criminal law, please contact a member of our criminal and extradition department on 020 3540 4444 or click on the contact us box.
We will bring professionalism, expertise, tenacity and empathy to the conduct of your case.
We realise that for many, being under investigation or being charged with an offence can be a very daunting experience. Everyone has significant legal rights, and in such situations we believe you deserve high quality representation. Our team of lawyers will always handle your case with utmost sensitivity and do their best to achieve the best outcome for you in every situation.
We have offices nationwide which means that we can help you wherever you are in the country. We also have some of the country’s leading lawyers and experts in our field.
We can represent you in a wide range of areas including, but not limited to:
- Fraud, white collar crime, money laundering, tax evasion, benefit fraud
- Homicide, Murder, Manslaughter
- Serious violence, GBH, ABH, domestic violence
- Sexual Offences, Rape, sexual assault,
- Child sex offences, possession of indecent images, pornography and child grooming
- Drugs, importation, supply, production, possession
- Cyber crimes
- Firearm offences
- Public order offences, violent disorder, affray, threatening behaviour, offensive weapons and bladed articles
- Harassment, stalking, malicious communications
- Motoring Offences
- Football banning orders
- RSPCA prosecutions, dangerous dogs and animal cruelty
- Regulatory offences, Breach of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs),
- Local Authority prosecutions, food and hygiene, Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
We can also assist you in investigations brought by:
- The Police Forces
- Crown Prosecution Services
- National Crime Agency
- Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
- Financial Conduct Authority
- Local Authorities
- The Post Office
- The Probation Service
- The Health and Safety Executive
- Private Prosecutions
We are available 24 hours of the day, 365 days in the year to represent clients that are detained in police custody. If you need urgent assistance, we have an out of hours helpline 020 8660 3383.
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Private motoring costs for Magistrate’s Court cases
In circumstances where you are eligible for legal aid we will advise you accordingly and help you apply. However for quite a number of motoring offences you may not be eligible for legal aid.
There are a range of offences that are summary only offences that are only heard in the Magistrates Court.
Taylor Rose MW has vast experience in representing clients and achieving excellent outcomes on a wide range of motoring offences. Our team of specialist lawyers have acted for clients on numerous offences involving:
- Driving with excess alcohol.
- Driving whilst disqualified.
- Driving without due care and attention/Careless driving.
- Driving whilst using a mobile phone.
- Failing to provide a specimen.
- Failing to stop after an accident.
- Failing to report an accident.
- Driving in excess of the speed limit.
- s.172 failing to provide driver details.
- Driving with no insurance.
- Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
For the offences above our hourly charging rates are:
- a Partner or Solicitor over 8 years qualified - £275 per hour (+20% VAT of £55)
- a Solicitor under 8 years qualified - £220 per hour (+20% VAT of £44)
- Non-qualified staff - £145 per hour plus VAT (+20% VAT of £29)
We may be able to offer a fixed fee but this will depend on an initial assessment to determine whether the case is suitable for us to proceed under a fixed fee. Factors such as the complexity of the matter, the nature of your plea and amount of witnesses will be taken into consideration. If your case is deemed suitable for a fixed fee, our total cost fixed fees for summary only motoring offences are:
- Attendance at single hearing to deal with guilty plea and mitigation: £750 (+20% VAT of £150)
- Attendance at a single hearing to deal with a guilty plea and mitigation where the Court is more than 30 miles (round trip) away from the office that the Fee Earner is based in: £750 (+20% VAT of £150), plus £100 per hour or part thereof spent travelling (inclusive of travel disbursements)
Please note that the above pricing includes attendance, preparation and advocacy.
The fixed fees referred to above include our legal costs and travel disbursements. If a non-travel disbursement is required (e.g. a medical report, mechanical examination or other expert report) this is not included in the fixed fees above and you will be required to pay for them. Pricing for disbursements of this kind will vary dependant on the type of expert, the type of defence ran by the firm and the type of evidence sought. Please be aware that most disbursements carry a VAT of 20%.
If you would like to know whether your case is suitable for a fixed fee or have any queries about the above information, please call us and we will be happy to discuss the matter with you.
The time it will take for your case to reach its conclusion depends on a number of factors, such as your plea, the seriousness and complexity of the allegation that you face, your bail position.
A Magistrates’ Court guilty plea may be dealt with on the first date of hearing whilst you may in some circumstances be waiting in excess of a year for a trial.
As the case proceeds and the facts become better known, we will endeavour to give you more specific details of likely timescales.