Extradition and Mutual Assistance
Matrix is renowned as a ‘go-to set’ for mutual legal assistance and extradition. Managed by a ‘highly professional’ practice team that is ‘exceptionally helpful and efficient’, the team has ‘a depth of expertise that is second to none’ (Legal 500, 2019).
Mutual criminal legal assistance is now one of the most significant, and fast-emerging, areas of criminal practice and meaningful effective pre-charge assistance is often crucial to avoiding extradition exposure. A significant part of the work that the Matrix MLA and extradition team undertakes involves providing confidential advice to corporate and individual clients to safeguard against MLA exposure in cross-border criminal cases, especially those involving parallel investigation by the FCA / SFO and DoJ involving allegations of financial crime and corruption.
Matrix’ broad cross-disciplinary practice makes it particularly adept at assembling and coordinating multi-jurisdictional legal teams in order to tackle pre-charge criminal exposure from all available angles.
The team has particular experience in the strategic utilisation of the extensive range of international law pre-charge investigatory cooperation measures to avoid situations escalating to the point of charge.
Matrix also offers significant expertise in relation to Interpol Red Notice challenges. The team has enjoyed considerable success in dealing with politicised or politically motivated Red Notices and diffusions, including in securing their immediate suspension.
In the event that a charge is unavoidable, Matrix possesses many of England’s leading and specialist extradition practitioners. The team includes the editors of the principal extradition law textbook; Nicholls, Montgomery & Knowles on Extradition, OUP. Over the past two decades the team has been at the forefront of every significant development of this area of the law; from General Pinochet to Julian Assange.
Members are regularly called upon to advise and act in proceedings throughout the common law community globally, including the Caribbean and Asia, and before the Privy Council.