Aaron regularly acts for requesting authorities, defendants, interested parties and interveners in complicated extradition proceedings brought under both Part 1 (European arrest warrant) and Part 2 of the Extradition Act 2003.
Aaron appears at all court levels. He has been instructed in the recent key Supreme Court decisions in this area of law, including Assange v The Swedish Public Prosecutor (led by Clare Montgomery QC) for the Swedish authorities, for interveners JUSTICE in HH and PH v Italy (led by Alex Bailin QC), and most recently for one of three appellants in Bucnys and others v Lithuania and Estonia. Aaron has also appeared in many of the leading 2003 Act cases before the High Court.
As well as providing representation, Aaron regularly advises governments, defendants and interested parties on all aspects of extradition from pre-request advice to appellate stage. He was recently instructed by the Attorney General of the Isle of Man to advise on the application of the Extradition Act 1989. Aaron also regularly advises on issues of extradition policy and was instructed by a government department to draft detailed submissions for the Home Office’s recent extradition review.
Currently, Aaron is involved in a number of sensitive cases for the Government of the United States of America, The Russian Federation, Italy, Sweden and Spain. Recent cases he has successfully concluded include a request for the surrender of an alleged ETA terrorist sought for the attempted assassination of the King of Spain (led by Julian B. Knowles QC), a case raising complex diplomatic (Special Mission) immunity arguments relating to a high ranking foreign government official, a case concerning the trafficking of weapons components to Iran, and many cases concerning large-scale fraud, money laundering, murder, terrorism, serious sexual assaults including paedophile sex abuse.
Aaron regularly acts in public law proceedings before the Administrative Court, whether in judicial review claims, habeas corpus applications, or statutory appeal proceedings. Aaron also has significant expertise in advising government departments and regulators on the scope and application of statutory powers.
Aaron is highly experienced in conducting judicial review claims which involve human rights arguments. His practice ranges from claims involving the Article 3 ECHR rights of those facing removal to foreign countries, to claims of incompatibility between domestic legislation and Convention rights, in particular Articles 6, 9 and 10.
Because of his mixture of criminal and civil law experience, Aaron is also frequently instructed in criminal/civil crossover cases. He was recently instructed by the Treasury Solicitor’s Department in a large combined personal injury and judicial review action brought by an Iraqi national alleging mistreatment whilst in the custody of the British army.
The focus of Aaron’s criminal work is serious and financial crime, acting for both prosecution and defence. Aaron has been appointed to the SFO’s list of approved counsel and has developed significant experience in financial crime by working as seconded counsel on the FSA’s largest ever insider-dealing prosecution. He also has considerable experience of the different confiscation regimes from pre-charge through to post-confiscation order enforcement, following a six-month secondment at RCPO’s Asset Forfeiture Division. He has appeared in the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and High Court (Family Division) in connection with complicated cases in this area of law.
During 2013 Aaron acted in the successful defence of the first indicted defendant in a Financial Conduct Authority prosecution brought against former directors of software company ‘iSOFT’. Aaron has advised individuals in relation to on-going cross-border investigations and has recently advised a large city law firm about potential exposure to money laundering liability arising from a significant transaction, and the firm’s general money laundering, bribery and corruption compliance practices in general.
Beyond financial crime Aaron has substantial experience prosecuting and defending general criminal cases in the Crown Court and in the Court of Appeal. He was instructed for the defence in the first prosecution of the offence of ‘possession of extreme pornography’ and successfully secured the quashing of all counts before the Court of Appeal. Currently, Aaron is instructed (led by Tim Owen QC) to act for the Appellant in a high-profile murder conviction and for an appellant in a conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to rob appeal.
Aaron has experience of advising claimants in civil actions against the police from commencement of claim all the way through to trial. Most recently Aaron represented the claimant in a seven day jury trial concerning a claim for assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
Aaron accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.
“He is impressive in court, and second to none at drafting.”
“He is a highly experienced counsel, who has an in-depth knowledge of extradition law.”
“He is responsive and extremely knowledgeable, and his written advice is of a high quality.”
“Impresses with his courtroom manner, strategic skill and ability to process and organise significant amounts of documentation.”
“It is clear that he definitely knows his stuff. He is technically strong and impresses with his manner.”
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