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Anthony Hanratty

Senior Associate
Anthony Hanratty
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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.

Anthony has also developed a thriving practice advising HNWIs from Russia and CIS region on their potential exposure in the UK, and internationally, on a range of issues such as Unexplained Wealth Orders, sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption procedures.

Ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ for Crime: Extradition, Anthony is recognised for his “very knowledgeable” extradition practice, is “excellent to work with” (Chambers and Partners UK Guide 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 UK Guide 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 was 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.
  • Advising a serving member of the armed forces on a Judicial Review of ACRO’s decision to register a foreign conviction on his PNC following our successful defence of a Turkish extradition request.
  • Successfully represented an investment banker in relation to an alleged bankruptcy fraud in Italy concerning international company Olivetti.

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 attempted murder 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.

D v Russian Federation

Represented Mr D in the first ever High Court case to examine the reliability of assurances provided by the Russian Federation in relation to the treatment and detention of extradited persons.

C v Turkey

Instructed on appeal following order for client’s extradition to serve a sentence of 7yrs 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.

Publications

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