Amy Woolfson secured a discharge for a client facing extradition to Romania to serve a 16 month prison sentence. This was despite the court finding that the client had left Romania knowing he had a prison sentence to serve, and was therefore a fugitive.

The client’s extradition had previously been sought by the Romanian authorities in 2018 when he was discharged for lack of a prison assurance. The warrant was not reissued until 2023. Amy argued that the family life the client had established in the UK in the intervening period, combined with the unexplained and substantial delay in reissuing the warrant, meant that extradition was now incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court agreed.

Amy was instructed by Chamila Wells-Thorpe of HP Gower.

Amy Woolfson has a busy extradition practice, representing clients at all stages of proceedings at Westminster Magistrates Court and advising on appeals to the High Court. Amy is also experienced in advising and making submissions to INTERPOL in respect of Red Notices and diffusions.