Nicholas is a dedicated extradition barrister with many years’ experience of acting in complex extradition proceedings both on behalf of Governments and requested persons. Nicholas is one of the busiest juniors at the extradition bar. He is frequently instructed to advise in cases that involve new legislation, novel points of law or “class action” litigation where a group of individuals have sought to raise human rights challenges against a particular requesting State.
Nicholas is currently instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service to advise in “class action” litigation arising from human rights concerns regarding the Russian Federation, Hungary and Romania. Nicholas has also been instructed in many of the first appeal cases to consider the recent amendments to the Extradition Act 2003 (e.g the forum bar, the proportionality bar and appeal time limits).
Nicholas is available to provide advocacy and advice in anticipation of extradition proceedings and from the Initial Hearing right through to appeal proceedings in the Administrative Court, the Supreme Court and the ECtHR.
Nicholas also advises individuals who are (or fear they may be) the subject of Interpol Red Notices. Nicholas can provide comprehensive advice regarding the procedure for obtaining information held by Interpol and applications for the deletion of such material and the lifting of Red Notices.
Sas and Goluchowski v Polish Judicial Authorities – Nicholas is currently acting for an appellant in proceedings before the Supreme Court on the issue of the correct interpretation of section 2 (4)(c) of the Extradition Act 2003. (link https://furnivalchambers.co.uk/nicholas-hearn-and-james-stansfeld-secure-leave-to-appeal-to-uk-supreme-court-in-linked-extradition-appeals/). Nicholas is lead in this appeal by Mark Summers QC and oral argument was heard on the 14th March 2016 and judgment is currently reserved.
GS and ors v Hungary  4 WLR 33 – Nicholas was instructed by Crown Prosecution Service as leading counsel to represent Hungary before the Divisional Court in linked appeals concerning the sufficiency of assurances offered by the Hungarian Authorities in relation to prison conditions.
Geleziunas v Lithuania  EWHC 16 (Admin) – Nicholas was instructed in this appeal by Kaim Todner Solicitors. He successfully appealed the lower court’s decision to order extradition with the court finding culpable delay on the part of the National Crime Agency in certifying the European Arrest Warrant.
Horvath v Hungary  EWHC 3018 (Admin)– Nicholas appeared in this s.26 appeal lead by Mark Summers QC. This appeal concerned the impact of a pilot judgment of the European Court of Human Rights regarding systemic failings within the Hungarian prison estate.
Poland v Celinski  1 W.L.R. 551- Nicholas was instructed by Gordon Shine & Co. as a junior alone to represent an appellant before specially convened Divisional Court presided over by the Lord Chief Justice. The appeal concerned the correct standard of review in appellate cases concerning Convention rights and also provided guidance to the lower courts regarding the structured approach that must be adopted when conducting a proportionality assessment in cases where extradition is challenged on the basis that removal would amount to a disproportionate interference with an individual’s rights pursuant to article 8 of the Convention.
Wojciechowski v Poland  EWHC 4162 (Admin) Nicholas was instructed by David Siebler of Leslie Franks solicitors to represent an individual who had been discharged by the Deputy Chief Magistrate who had concluded that the EAW issued for the appellant did not contain sufficient details of the underlying jurisdictional basis for the EAW and thus did not comply with section 2(6)(c) of the Extradition Act 2003. The Divisional Court overturned the Deputy Chief Magistrate’s decision and Nicholas has successfully applied to the court to certify a question of general public importance.
Czech Republic v Paul Moritz – Nicholas was instructed by Edward Grange of Hodge Jones & Allen to represent an individual sought in relation to tax offences that occurred between 1997 and 2001. Nicholas successfully persuaded the District Judge that extradition would be both “oppressive” and “unjust” and Mr Mrotiz was discharged from the EAW.
Polish Judicial Authorities v Mirazewski, Kaginowski & Flusniak  EWHC 4261 (Admin) – These linked appeals were the first cases to be heard by the High Court concerning the recently introduced “proportionality bar”. Nicholas appeared with Edward Fitzgerald QC on behalf of the appellant Flusniak. The appeal was heard by Lord Justice Pitchford and Mr Justice Collins. The court’s judgment provides important guidance on this significant legislative development. Nicholas and Edward Fitzgerald QC were instructed by Alison Fon Sang Pin of Lawrence and Co. Solicitors to represent an appellant whose appeal was heard alongside a number of other cases to provide guidance on the correct application of the Extradition Act 2003 s21A(1)(b), which provided for a new freestanding proportionality test in accusation cases.
Agardi v Pentientiary Judge of the Metropolitan Court, Budapest  EWHC 3433 (Admin) – Nicholas appeared in this s.26 appeal lead by Mark Summers QC. The appeal was heard by a three judge Divisional Court presided over by Aikens LJ and concerned whether the court’s discretion to allow UK nationals to appeal out of time, as a result of the Supreme Court decision in Pomiechowski  UK SC 20, could be extended to EU citizens who are non-British nationals. The court heard detailed submissions regarding the applicability of the EU Charter of Fundamental Human Rights to extradition proceedings.
Brazuks and Ors v Latvia  EWHC 1021 (Admin)– Nicholas and Alun Jones QC were instructed by Michael Evans of Kaim Todner Solicitors, to represent an individual suffering from Hepatitis C and HIV whose extradition was sought by the Government of Latvia. The appellant’s case was heard alongside a number of other Latvian requests by a Divisional Court consisting of Moses LJ and Collins J.
USA v ZH – Nicholas was instructed by Fadi Daoud of Lawrence and Co. Solicitors to represent a former employee of NASA whose extradition is sought by the US government in respect of allegations of commercial espionage.
Brodziak v Poland  EWHC 3394 (Admin) – Nicholas appeared in this s.26 appeal led by Peter Caldwell of Dyers Chambers. The appeal concerning “speciality” and the correct approach to be taken to European Arrest Warrants issued for multiple offences where one or more of the offences failed to satisfy the “dual criminality” requirements of the 2003 Act.
Government of Australia v WM – Nicholas successfully represented the Government of Australia in relation to a request for the extradition of an individual accused of corporate manslaughter.
Poland v Wolkowicz  EWHC 102 (Admin) – Nicholas appeared in this s.26 appeal led by Ben Watson of 3 Raymond Buildings. The appeal concerned the approach that should be taken by courts when dealing with individuals facing extradition who are at a high risk of suicide.
- Kusnierski v Poland  EWHC 250 (Admin)
- Wisniewski v Poland EWHC 302 (Admin)
- Nesukaitis v Lithuania EWHC 304 (Admin)
- Malinowski v Poland EWHC 314 (Admin)
- Hamvas v Baranya County Court Hungary EWHC 318 (Admin)
- Fridenberga v Latvia  EWHC 317 (Admin)
- Mikolajczak v Poland EWHC 432 (Admin)
Barron v Spain Central Trial Court 2, Audiencia Nacional Madrid  EWHC 3479 (Admin) – Nicholas was instructed by the Special Crime Division to appear, as a junior alone, for the Government of Spain in this appeal under s.26 of the 2003 Act. The appellant’s extradition was sought in relation to “carousel fraud” with a loss to the Spanish Revenue of over €50m. Nicholas successfully responded to the appellant’s contention that he was sought only for investigation and not prosecution.
Purcell v High Court in Dublin Ireland  EWHC 3325 (Admin) – Nicholas was instructed by the Special Crime Division to appear, as a junior alone, for the Government of the Republic of Ireland in this appeal under s.26 of the Extradition Act 2003. The appellant’s extradition was sought for the offence of Assisting an Offender in relation to a Murder that took place in Ireland in October 2008. The appellant had previously been acquitted by the High Court in Dublin on a charge of Murder. Nicholas successfully responded to the appellant’s contention that her extradition to Ireland was barred by the rule against double jeopardy.
R(on the application of Klimeto) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court  EWHC 2051 (Admin);  1 W.L.R. 420 – Nicholas was instructed by the Special Crime Division, as a junior alone, to resist an application for judicial review in relation to the application of s.142 of the Magistrates’ Court Act to the Extradition Act 2003. Claimant represented by Helen Malcolm QC and Myles Grandison.
Ramona Dobrea v Romania (unreported) – Nicholas successfully appealed a District Judge’s decision to refuse bail to an 18 year old individual who had been convicted in her absence of drug trafficking and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. Mrs Justice Gloster acceded to Nicholas’s submission that there was sufficient uncertainty regarding the provision of retrial rights in Romania to justify the granting of bail notwithstanding the seriousness of the appellant’s conviction and length of her outstanding sentence.
- Michniacki v Poland EWHC 1502 (Admin)
- Gesiewski v Poland EWHC 1765 (Admin)
- Zientara v Poland EWHC 2194 (Admin)
- Bras v Poland  EWHC 2799 (Admin)
- Wasylenko v Poland  EWHC 2620 (Admin)
- Wasilewski v Poland EWHC 2814 (Admin)
- Stafford v The Netherlands EWHC 2869 (Admin)
- Coton v Ireland EWHC 3874 (Admin)
- Jackowski v Poland EWHC 3935 (Admin)
- Kaczanowski v Poland  EWHC 2872 (Admin)
- Biro v Romania EWHC 2986 (Admin)
- Dabrowski v Poland EWHC 3487 (Admin)
- Borowski v Poland EWHC 3568 (Admin)
- Zielinski v Poland  EWHC 3987 (Admin)
Ernest-Francisc Bohm v Romanian Judicial Authority  EWHC 2671(Admin) – successful appeal against extradition order – adequacy of retrial rights for those extradited to Romania.
Kyastutis Musikyavicius v The Government of the Russian Federation  EWHC 1549 (Admin) – successful challenge of District Judge’s decision regarding article 3 mistreatment in Russian prison estate. Appellant later discharged by the lower court.
Zoltan Varga v Szolnok City Court, Hungary  EWHC 318 (Admin) – Discrimination against Roma within the requesting state.
Ayaz v Court of Milan  EWHC 2650 (Admin) – Double jeopardy in an extradition context.