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Anthony Hanratty

Senior Associate
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Areas of Expertise

Anthony specialises in extradition matters and regularly acts in complex and high profile cases with a particular expertise in political/judicial corruption and human rights issues.

Anthony has extensive experience in defending Part 1 and Part 2 extradition requests and has represented clients arrested on warrants from countries such as Russia, Turkey, Paraguay, Albania, USA and Canada as well as defending hundreds of European Arrest Warrants.  He provides advice on a wide range of pre-arrest issues such as challenging Interpol Red Notices and warrants in foreign jurisdictions.

Noted for his advocacy skills, Anthony regularly represents clients at contested extradition hearings.  He also advises on appeals to the High Court, Supreme Court and ECtHR.

Ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’, Anthony is recognised for his “very knowledgeable” extradition practice (Chambers and Partners 2017) and is described as a “fantastic advocate” who is “very concise and engaging, with a good reputation among judges”. He has a track record of successes in resisting extradition requests (Chambers and Partners 2018).

Recent Work

  • Representing a Russian national detained in Bulgaria on an extradition request from the Russian Federation which garnered significant attention in both Bulgarian and Russian media. Instructed by the client to co-ordinate the legal challenges in Bulgaria and to make applications for interim relief measures to the ECtHR and the UN Committee Against Torture.
  • Involved in representing a client whose extradition is sought by the USA in relation to charges of hacking in to computer systems of government agencies such as the FBI, NASA, US Army and the Missile Defence Agency.
  • Instructed on appeal to represent a client in the first ever extradition request from Paraguay concerning a $60m fraud allegation.
  • Acting in High Court proceedings where the reliability of assurances provided by the Russian Federation is being examined by a Divisional Court.
  • Successfully represented an investment banker in relation to an alleged bankruptcy fraud in Italy.

Notable Cases

A & B v Lithuania

Involved in defending Russian banker accused of theft and fraud offences arising from ‘corporate raiding’.

Moldova v G

Involved in defending Russian banker accused of theft offences arising from politically motivated allegations.

C v Germany

Leading High Court case setting down guidance on the application of s12A of the Extradition Act 2003.

Turkey v K

Client discharged in the Magistrates’ Court after return sought to serve a sentence of 12 years for alleged membership of Hezbollah.

C v Turkey

Instructed on appeal following order for client’s extradition to serve a sentence of 7 years imprisonment. Client discharged in the High Court due to new evidence obtained by the defence showing appalling treatment of LGBTI prisoners in Turkish prisons.

Professional Associations

Anthony is a member of the Extradition Lawyers’ Association and a founding committee member of the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum.


Anthony frequently writes articles and provides training on extradition law and procedure.