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I have over 14 years’ post qualification experience specialising in publicly and privately funded criminal defence and extradition work. I have a vast amount of experience in advocacy, case preparation, legal research, management, implementation of policy decisions, and business development, and am able to work effectively as one of the leading members of the business.
I was promoted to Partner within 7 months, having set up the Extradition Department at McMillan Williams Solicitors Limited, creating a brand new revenue stream and niche practice area for the business.
I am ranked as a “leading individual” in Chambers & Partners UK Guide 2018. I am a committee member of the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum (DELF) http://delf.org.uk/two-column-practice-area. In this capacity, I was invited by the Senior District Judge of England & Wales to provide a talk to senior members of the Judiciary and specialist extradition Judges from Scotland on practical issues encountered in daily extradition practice.
I am able to work autonomously on a varied caseload and have a strong own client following. I value professionalism, integrity, quality of work, and client care and utilise these skills to ensure that I provide the best level of service for my clients.
My passion and commitment to robustly defend the rights of my clients, provide them with impeccable advice and representation both in the police station, courts and at every stage of their case, together with my approachable and empathetic nature is but one of the reasons that clients will often insist on me representing them over others.
Awards, Accreditations and Memberships
- Police and Court Duty Solicitor
- Higher Rights of Audience, Named Crime Category Supervisor
- Member of Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates
- Member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association
- Listed in the Super Lawyers magazine for Criminal Law
- Ranked as a “leading individual” in Chambers & Partners UK Guide 2018
- Committee Member of the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum (DELF)
- Dragos Iacob v Courthouse of Bacau Romania – Judge granted the first ever application for permission to appeal an extradition matter “out of time”.
- Germany v G – Successfully challenged the extradition of a client wanted to stand trial in a 60 million Euro Tax ‘carousel’ fraud.
- Latvia v B – Successfully argued that it would have been contrary to the client’s right to family life under Article 8 ECHR by demonstrating that she had overcome her drugs habit.
- Poland v L – Successfully argued that it would oppressive to extradite due to the client’s serious mental and physical health and also based on his right to private life.
- Hungary v H – Successfully challenged the extradition of a single mother of 4 whose children would otherwise have been taken into care.
- Croatia v C - Successfully challenged the extradition of a client accused of war crimes during the Yugoslav Wars based on human rights grounds.
- Italy v C – Successfully argued that allegedly escaping from ‘house arrest’ was not an extradition offence under the Extradition Act 2003.
- Lithuania v S – Successfully argued against a youth being given fugitive status on the basis that he had no choice but to leave as his family had relocated to UK, securing his discharge.
- Romania v P – Prevented extradition on the basis that the prison conditions in Romania would amount to a breach of the client’s human rights.
- Germany v D – Discharged on the basis that it would be oppressive to extradite due to the client’s severe brain injury, having been an knocked over as a pedestrian by an uninsured driver in a ‘hit and run’ car crash.
- Currently challenging the only extradition request to Nigeria to stand trial for immigration fraud, based on political corruption, judicial process, right to a fair trial and prison considtions
- R v E - Murder
- R v P - Historic Rape
- R v R and others - multi-handed 'car ringing' Conspiracy
- R v T - Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of firearms with intent to endanger life
- R v A and others - multi-handed immigration fraud
- R v O and others - multi-handed 'Ponzi scheme' style fraud
- R v P - Conspiracy to steal from the British Transport Police
- R v V – Sexual Grooming of minors, investigated by ‘anti-paedophile vigilante group’ with a significant social media aspect
- R v D – Production of substantial amounts of Cannabis in a ‘cannabis factory’
What My Clients Say About Me
"Chirag's professional assistance was absolutely top drawer. His very perceptive enlisting of the Barrister Saoirse Townshend (36 Bedford Row Extradition Specialists). Communications from Chirag were always very clear and wasted no time in finding the key points for the successful outcome of my case. Chirag would always respond to my questions by email in due course. Even when Chirag went on holiday for 2 weeks towards the final weeks of my case, he ensured that all members of his team were left fully informed and able to carry on my fight even when he wasn't here taking a well earned rest. John Molleskog who Chirag fully briefed was able to arrange for a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist to visit me at my home on a Saturday morning for 3 hours 10 minutes and subsequently able to produce a medical report. That level of service by Chirag Patel and his Extradition team at McMillan Williams Solicitors still amazes me - Absolutely First Class. In conclusion I would recommend that anybody should look no further than Chirag Patel if they require a first class Solicitor Advocate and you require the best chance of a success." - Mr Drake (Jun 2016)