Joel Smith

understated, extremely clever and no-nonsense” Chambers guide to the bar, 2017

 “very bright, very strong tactically and very experienced…” Chambers guide to the Bar 2016

Joel undertakes all types of criminal work. He prosecutes and defends. He is a member of the CPS panel advocates scheme at grade 4, and the specialist extradition and organised crime panels. In 2015 Joel was appointed as a Treasury Counsel monitoree.

Joel is ranked as a leading junior in ‘crime:extradition’ in Chambers guide to the bar, and is a ranked junior in the Legal 500.

A regular practitioner in the field of extradition, Joel has represented both individuals and foreign governments in a number of high profile cases including proceedings against individuals accused of murder, terrorism, war crimes and large-scale fraud. Joel has appeared at all levels from first instance hearings to the Supreme Court.

In the field of general crime, Joel’s wide-ranging practice includes murder, organised crime and serious fraud, as well as appearances in the Court of Appeal and High Court, and judicial review proceedings.

Recent highlights
  • Operation Light (2017) junior counsel for the Crown in case concerning allegation of large scale trademarks infringement.
  • R v. N & M (2017). Junior counsel to the Crown in allegation of “baby shaking” murder.
  • R v. Brizzi (Operation Maltby, 2016). Junior counsel to the Crown in a case concerning the murder of a serving police officer.
  • R v. Cadette (Operation Lawnhead, 2016). Murder, Central Criminal Court, junior counsel to the Crown.
  • Sarao v. USA (2016). Junior counsel representing the requested person in the so-called “flash crash” extradition proceedings.
  • Paraguay v. S and G (2016). Counsel for a requested person in a case concerning the first extradition request to be received from Paraguay.
  • R v. Mahal and others (Operation Nevermore, 2016) counsel to the Crown in case concerning multi-million pound VAT fraud and money laundering.
  • R v. Murray and others, (Operation Lee, 2015-16). Multi-handed conspiracy to supply prohibited firearms, leading counsel for the Crown
  • R v. Chowdhury and others (Operation Kakori 2015, Central Criminal Court) junior counsel to the Crown. Prosecution of defendant accused of murdering a love rival.
  • R v. Khan (Operation Kabala, 2015, Central Criminal Court) junior counsel to the Crown. Prosecution of defendant accused of murdering his wife.
  • Brazil v. W (2014). Successful representation of British citizen sought by Brazilian authorities. Discharge ordered on the basis that prison conditions in Brazil were such as to breach the requested person’s article 3 ECHR rights.
  • Croatia v. A (2014). Successful representation of individual accused of war crimes in Croatia.
  • Brodziak and ors. v. Poland [2014] A.C.D. 59, Divisional Court. Proceedings concerning the enforcement of specialty rights in cases of aggregated sentences.
  • Bucnys and ors. v. Lithuanian and Estonian Ministries of Justice [2013] 3 W.L.R 1485. Supreme Court. Junior counsel for the Appellant Bucnys. Meaning of a “judicial authority” for the purposes of s.2 of the Extradition Act 2003.Bucnys and ors. v. Lithuanian and Estonian Ministries of Justice [2013] 3 W.L.R 1485. Supreme Court. Junior counsel for the Appellant Bucnys. Meaning of a “judicial authority” for the purposes of s.2 of the Extradition Act 2003.
Memberships

Joel is a member of the Criminal Bar Association, the South Eastern Circuit and the Extradition Lawyers’ Association

Chambers & Prs: Leading Barrister

Legal 500: Leading Individual

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