James Lewis

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James Lewis

Solicitor

Biography

Year Qualified

2018

Firm Trained With

Kaim Todner

Languages Spoken

English, French and Polish

Profile

I am a solicitor-advocate practising in crime and extradition. I regularly attend the Magistrates' court and Police Station to represent clients for a wide range of offences. I have experience representing clients all the way from police station through to summary trial.

I regularly represent clients at Westminster Magistrates Court in extradition proceedings for people who have been arrested under both Part 1 and Part 2 warrants. I am passionate about protecting the human rights of requested persons and I have represented requested persons at their full extradition hearing.

I have had success in challenging persons extradition on the basis of both human rights arguments and more novel arguments under the Extradition Act 2003.

Awards, Accreditations and Membership

  • Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal Proceedings)
  • Accredited Police Station Representative

Recent Successes

Criminal Defence

  • R v KA-J (2020) - Defendant acquitted of possession of bladed article (trial advocate).
  • R v JF (2019)- Defendant acquitted of assault by beating (trial advocate).
  • R v M (2019) - Client received suspended sentence order after being convicted at trial in the magistrates court of Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm (Advocate).
  • R v AA (2019) - Client charged with driving offence. Charge withdrawn and no evidence offered on day of trial after oral representations made to prosecutor. (Advocate)
  • R v ZT (2018) - Client charged with Assaulting Police officers, charges dropped before trial after written representations made.

Extradition

  • Poland v G (2019) - Requested Person sought for offence of theft. Client discharged after District Judge found that extradition would amount to a disproportionate inference with right to private and family life under Article 8 ECHR (Advocate at full extradition hearing).
  • Lauri Love v USA (2018) - Landmark case of British citizen sought for extradition to the USA for federal charges of cybercrime. Discharged under s83A Forum Bar and s91 Oppression due to passage of time.
  • L v USA (2018) - Case concerning the complex issue of the civil commitment regime in the USA. Argued the regime would constitute a breach of article 5 ECHR. Assurance given by Federal Government.
  • D v Lithuania (2017) - Successfully appealed the extradition order of Mr D to Lithuania, where he was sought to stand trial for a historic robbery.
  • W v Poland (2017) - Successfully challenged order for extradition to serve a sentence in Poland for a fraud offence on the basis of his rights under Article 8 ECHR.
  • O v Greece (2016) -Successfully challenged order for extradition to Greece for an allegation of historic handling of stolen goods under s14, that it would be unjust or oppressive to extradite given the passage of time since the alleged offence.

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