What we do

  • [Robert Brown is] a Rolls-Royce solicitor, providing Rolls-Royce services.

    Spear’s 500

  • Andrew Smith has a broad international practice, encompassing extradition and crime. Peers note that he is ‘very bright, quick-thinking and ideal with clients: he is a star of the future.’

    Chambers UK 2015

  • [Robert Brown is] “Highly intelligent, hugely experienced, full of common sense, and shrewd, and knows exactly how to pitch it.”

    Legal 500 2011

  • "In financial crime their partners are very, very highly regarded."

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • They are highly efficient and client-conscious - you just get a great service there.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • A luminary of British and Russian law, [Robert] Brown has been instructed across a striking diversity of cases.

    Spear’s 500

  • Corker Binning is renowned for tackling high-profile work. The capabilities of the practice are deemed to be outstanding, and the lawyers regularly take on a variety of cases covering public protest, extradition, assault and the representation of corporates. Whilst the team maintains a stellar private practice it continues to take on some publicly funded cases.

    Chambers UK 2013

  • The level of preparation is really fantastic. They will look into every possible outcome and research issues, and explain them to the client in a way in which is incomparable.

    Chambers UK 2015

Interpol red notices

Our expertise in extradition, mutual legal assistance and cross-border criminal investigations means that we are ideally placed to advise individuals in relation to Interpol red notices.

A red notice is an alert issued by Interpol at the request of one of its member countries, indicating that the country seeks the individual’s provisional arrest with a view to extradition. Red notices are recorded on Interpol’s databases for instant circulation to police forces and border agencies around the world. By the end of 2012 it was estimated that over 8,000 Interpol red notices had been issued by nearly 150 member countries. Some of these countries have persistently poor human rights records; some are in a state of political upheaval. Red notices issued by some of these countries will inevitably be tainted by political, prosecutorial or judicial corruption.

Our Interpol red notices lawyers frequently advise on the following questions:

  • How might I try to persuade Interpol not to issue a red notice?
  • How do I find out whether an Interpol red notice has been issued for me?
  • How do I challenge and remove an Interpol red notice?
  • How can I travel safely to a particular country if an Interpol red notice has been issued for me?

These questions are often raised when a client is the subject of an investigation which may be politically motivated or has won an extradition case in the UK’s courts and wishes to resume a normal life, including travel to countries outside the UK. Sometimes a client may not be the subject of extradition proceedings but is concerned about the risk of arrest on an Interpol red notice if an international border is crossed. The practical and reputational impact of an extant Interpol red notice is far-reaching. It can render individuals virtual prisoners in their country of residence. It may lead to the closure of bank accounts due to anti-money laundering laws. Regulated persons, for example by the FCA, will need to make appropriate disclosures. Knowing how to respond to and challenge an Interpol red notice is therefore as important as knowing how to respond to and challenge a domestic arrest warrant.

Adopting an effective strategy for challenging an Interpol red notice will always depend on the circumstances of the case. An effective strategy may comprise a combination of any of the following courses of action:

  • working with lawyers in the requesting state in order to withdraw the local arrest warrant, which will kill the red notice at its root
  • working with the UK authorities including the National Crime Agency (and where appropriate media and NGOs) to persuade Interpol not to issue a red notice in the first place or to remove the red notice and/or ensure it is not given effect to in the UK
  • challenging Interpol directly if the red notice arises from politically motivated criminal proceedings, and so violates Article 3 of Interpol’s Constitution, which prohibits Interpol from undertaking any intervention of activities of a “political, military, religious or racial character”
  • challenging Interpol directly if the red notice arises from a civil rather than criminal dispute, and so violates Article 83 of Interpol’s Rules on the Processing of Data, which prohibits a red notice being issued in relation to “laws or regulations of an administrative nature or deriving from private disputes”
  • using positive findings in domestic asylum and extradition proceedings to seek an ex post facto review from the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s files, which is tasked with ensuring that Interpol’s data processing complies with its constitutional rules
  • challenging the Interpol red notice before the European Court of Justice if the data supporting the notice has not been processed fairly or rectified, if inaccurate.
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Our lawyers have advised numerous individuals in relation to Interpol red notices, including:

  • A number of Russian businesspeople whose red notices were based on politically motivated charges.
  • Several former residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who were accused of civil rather than criminal offences.
  • A number of high profile Middle Eastern and Asian businesspeople and political figures.

For more information on Corker Binning’s expertise in this area call 020 7353 6000 or read the Corker Binning Blog.

Named as key individuals in the field of Crime: Extradition by Chambers UK 2017:

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Peter Binning – Band 1

Edward Grange – Band 1

Andrew Smith – Band 2

  • Corker Binning is ranked in Band 1 of recommended firms for Crime: Extradition by Chambers 2017.
  • Corker Binning is ranked as a first tier firm for Crime by Legal 500 2016 and Robert Brown is named as a leading individual for Crime.