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Aaron Watkins is a barrister and partner at Kingsley Napley LLP. He is recognised as a leading practitioner in the fields of extradition, mutual assistance, financial crime and crossover criminal/public law matters. He regularly acts for defendants in the most high-profile and complex extradition cases before all levels of court. He has been instructed before the Supreme Court in the key cases under the Extradition Act 2003. Recent cases include the defences of individuals in the HP v. Autonomy proceedings, the Credit Suisse ‘Tuna bond scandal’ and the largest Scandinavian pensions fraud to date, spanning multiple jurisdictions.
Aaron regularly acts for individuals facing politically motivated extradition requests from the Russian Federation, and recently successfully defended two individuals charged with fraud and bribery. Aaron has acted for requesting states in particularly high-profile cases, including for the Swedish authorities seeking the surrender of Julian Assange, for the Indian government in the successful extradition case concerning prominent businessman Vijay Mallya and for the US government in relation to the ‘flash crash’.
Aside from extradition, Aaron is a leading practitioner in the field of financial crime and related proceedings. He regularly acts for clients from investigation and initial advice through to trial and appeal. Aaron successfully represented a client in obtaining the first-ever discharge of an unexplained wealth order. Aaron is currently defending an indicted individual facing prosecution by the SFO in relation to allegations of corruption and misconduct concerning the sale of military communications equipment to Saudi Arabia.
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