Just what could mild-mannered IT contractor Edward Snowden have in common with the notorious Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs? While their backgrounds, and most certainly their occupations, are poles apart, they have both been subject to extradition requests (one successful, in the case of Biggs, the other not, so far). Extradition is where one country requests that another returns an individual in order for them to stand trial, be sentenced for an offence for which they have already been convicted

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Extradition is a hugely complex area of the law and anyone named in an extradition request should seek expert legal advice and representation as soon as possible. Once an extradition request has been received by the relevant authorities, you are liable to be arrested, but, unlike an arrest for a criminal offence committed in this country, you will not be taken to a police station to be interviewed. Instead you will be taken directly to Westminster magistrates’ court in London for the initial

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As a nation we are not very good at talking to each other about important matters such as serious illness, end-of-life care or death. Perhaps we secretly think that by talking about something that has not yet happened, and may not happen at all (serious illness not death, that is), we may somehow cause it to appear in our lives. But having conversations about your options and preferences and making a Lasting Power of Attorney while you still have the mental capacity to make vital decisions yourself,

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Preparing for the future goes beyond simply making a will, stipulating who will get what on your death. With life expectancy and diagnoses of dementia increasing it has never been so important to consider appointing someone to act on your behalf if you become mentally incapable of making your own decisions. Creating a Lasting Power of Attorney while you still have all your marbles will ensure that those decisions are made by someone you know and trust. What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? A

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Both national and international case law is littered with examples of people being falsely accused of a crime they did not commit and, sadly, some have gone on to serve lengthy prison sentences before being able to prove their innocence. Getting the best legal advice at the earliest possible point after an allegation has been made could make all the difference to the outcome of your case. How your solicitor will help you The moment you become aware that you are under suspicion of committing

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