George Hepburne Scott

Year of Call - 1999

About

“A force of nature. George has a very quick mind and an electric personality, and is great fun to work with”

Giles Bark-Jones, Principal, Bark & Co, a 'Top Tier' Legal 500 Firm

Full Profile

George is a well-established extradition and immigration barrister with an excellent reputation for his specialist knowledge, advocacy and drafting. He also prosecutes and defends serious crime, often in grave and complex matters, and lectures on extradition and related issues. His background is in serious crime; in this context George has acted in cases of terrorism, murder, drug conspiracies, serious sexual offences and other serious crime. He is on the Government approved panel of specialist rape prosecutors and on the CPS panel at level 3 (the second highest level available).

George also acts in public law proceedings, such as applications for judicial review, habeas corpus applications, immigration, and statutory appeal proceedings. He advises individuals at each stage of the extradition process, including mutual legal assistance matters (such as Interpol Red Notice challenges and removal).

George is also highly experienced at dealing with Deportation Appeals in relation to foreign criminals at the First Tier Tribunal, the Upper Tier and within the context of Judicial Review at the High Court.

George is experienced at conducting extradition proceedings under Part 1 and Part 2 of the Extradition Act 2003. He has represented numerous individuals before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court and the High Court. George can provide informed advice and effective advocacy at each stage of proceedings.

George also has experience in civil litigation encompassing contract law and negligence actions.

George relishes advocacy in all its forms, whether addressing the Court of Appeal, High Court or persuading a jury and believes that practising across a number of different fields and forums is a positive advantage in keeping advocacy skills sharp and legal thinking flexible.

George has published and lectured extensively on extradition.

George is accredited as a Barrister Pupil Supervisor (trainer).

Memberships

Member of the Criminal Bar Association

Member of the Extradition Lawyers Association

Languages

English

Cases of note

  • criminal law
    R v AC [2017] EWCA Crim 2383

    Appeal Against Crown Court Sentence bailii

    R v S [2015] EWCA Crim 1619

    Appeal Against Crown Court Conviction bailii

    R v RS [2015] EWCA Crim 1101

    Appeal Against Crown Court Conviction bailii

    R v B-R & NB [2011] EWCA Crim 1136, [2012] 1 WLR 2364

    Appeal Against Crown Court Conviction bailii

    R v AG [2016] EWCA Crim 140

    Successful appeal against a Crown Court sentence where the sentence of 16 months’ immediate custody was quashed and replaced with a Suspended Sentence securing the defendants’ immediate release.

    R v JC [2016] EWCA Crim 67

    Appeal against Crown Court Sentence where the structure of the Extended Sentence was reduced on appeal.

    R v DW [2015] EWCA Crim 2320

    Appeal against a Crown Court sentence.

    R v MS [2015] EWCA 1619

    Successful appeal against Crown Court Sentence.

    R v RS [2015] EWCA 1102

    Appeal against Crown Court Conviction and Sentence. George was described by Leveson LJ as ‘a powerful advocate’. Bailii

    R v RT [2014] EWCA Crim 1715, [2015] 1Cr. App. R. (S) 3

    Successful appeal against Crown Court Sentence.

    R v D [2014] EWCA Crim 508

    Successful appeal against Crown Court Sentence.

    R v B [2012] EWCA Crim 1174

    Successful appeal against Crown Court Conviction and Sentence.

    R v BR and NB [2011] EWCA Crim 1136; [2012] 1W.L.R. 2364; [2012] 1 Cr. App. R. 4

    Times April 22, 2011 – Successful appeal against Crown Court Conviction. This case involved serious sexual offences and the defendant’s convictions and sentence were all quashed and the defendant was unanimously acquitted by the jury at his retrial.

    R v R [2011] EWCA Crim 3183

    Successful appeal against Crown Court Sentence. This case involved over 70 TIC’s for Burglary.

    R v P [2011] EWCA Crim 2790

    Successful appeal against Crown Court Sentence.

    Attorney General’s Reference (No.34 of 2010) [2010] EWCA Crim 2055

    Successful prosecution appeal against Crown Court Sentence.

    R v C (Robert Norton) [2010] EWCA Crim 933

    Appeal against Crown Court Sentence.

    R v B [2006] EWCA Crim 1629

    Successful appeal against Crown Court Sentence.

    P v Court of First Instance of Brussels [2005] EWCH 915 (Admin); [2005] Extradition L.R. 62

    This was one of the first major cases involving the Extradition Act 2003. This case served to limit the scope of ‘no-evidence’ extraditions involving category 1 territories.

    R v W (Terence Edward) [2004] EWCA Crim 3417; [2005] 2 Cr.App.R.(S.) 51

    George acted for the Crown in this case which is now the leading authority on stranger kidnapping sentences.

    R v Z [2008] EWCA Crim 2169

    This case involved the concept of the mercy where a terminally ill man was given a sentence that would involve his inevitable death in custody. The appeal was successful.

    R v H [2009] EWCA Crim 605

    This case involved the successful appeal of a sentence of 9 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine. Following extensive courtroom exchanges with Mr Justice Calvert-Smith (former DPP) the sentence was reduced from 9 to 7 years.

    R v Y [2002] EWCA Crim 2815

    Successful appeal of Crown Court sentence.

    R v JM

    The Halloween Nunchaku murder involved the murder of a 15 year old boy at a Halloween party. George was led by David Fisher QC in this notorious murder trial. BBC

    R v MK

    Murder case involving a dealer murdering his best-friend in a frenzied knife attack. George was led by Sascha Wass QC in this trial. BBC

    R v DR

    ‘Caterham Bus Bomber’: this was an allegation of a ‘home-grown’ terrorist who was found to have a cache of chemical weapons at his home. George successfully defended this man and he was acquitted of all charges. BBC

    R v JW (& 5 others)

    Successful prosecution of multi-defendant football hooligan case involving widespread public disorder. BBC

    R v TW

    Successful prosecution of a serious stranger kidnapping case involving an armed stranger kidnap of young children. George was subsequently instructed by the Crown to appear in the Court of Appeal and this case is now a leading authority of Sentences for Kidnapping. BBC

    R v VF

    This case involved an Albanian/Chechen criminal gang selling highly sophisticated cash-point scamming kits to other criminal gangs in Wales. It attracted nationwide publicity including the front page of the Times. BBC

    R v GT

    George was initially instructed in this extradition of this notorious Holocaust denier. The extradition was successfully opposed. BBC

    R v DS

    George was instructed in this case involving the ‘Gatwick shooter’ who was apprehended and Tasered by police as he wandered around Gatwick Airport brandishing a firearm. BBC

    R v JR

    George was instructed to defend a member of this notorious tie-up robbery gang that committed more than 12 robberies involving serious violence. BBC

    R v JB

    Serious historical sexual assaults in children’s home. Defendant received 20 years’ custody. BBC

  • extradition
    M v Circuit Court of Katowice (Poland) [2017] EWHC 2812 (Admin)

    Successful Extradition Appeal (A8) bailii

    MH v Court of Milan (Italy) [2017] EW Misc 20

    Very High Profile First Instance Extradition Decision bailii

    C v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWHC 238 (Admin); [2007] Extradition L.R. 51

    Extradition case involving Judicial Review of the Home Secretary bailii

    GP v Court of First Instance Brussels [2005] EWHC 915 (Admin) [2005] All ER 185 (Apr)

    Successful Extradition Appeal (s.2) bailii

    S v Poland CO/213/2018

    High Court appeal involving s.2 and Article 8.

    K v Poland CO/198/2018

    High Court appeal involving Article 8.

    H v Italy CO/014/2018

    High Court appeal involving kidnapping allegation.

    HF v Germany CO/260/2018

    High Court appeal involving multi-million VAT fraud.

    B v Belgium CO/197/2018

    High Court appeal involving multi-million fraud allegation.

    C v Czech Republic CO/128/2018

    High Court appeal involving human trafficking.

    Albania v HM 2018

    Part 2 case involving Murder conviction and Articles 2, 3, & 6.

    Ecuador v V2018

    Complex Part 2 case involving Articles 3, 6, & 8.

    J v Poland CO/245/2017

    High Court appeal involving multi-£ fraud accusation.

    K v Poland CO/1783/2017

    High Court appeal involving murder conviction.

    M v Poland CO/1782/2017

    High Court appeal involving attempted murder.

    M v Poland CO/361/2017

    High Court appeal involving Article 8.

    D v Poland CO/1800/2017

    High Court appeal involving Articles 3, 6, & 8.

    T v Finland CO/5720/2016

    High Court appeal involving Article 3.

    M v Latvia CO/6333/2016

    High Court appeal involving ss. 2, 14, 20 & Article 8.

    T v Romania CO/6387/2016

    High Court appeal involving s.2 & Articles 3, 6 & 8.

    F v Romania CO/4311/2016

    High Court appeal involving s.14 & Articles 3 & 8.

    A v Romania CO/5410/2016

    High Court appeal involving Articles 3 & 8.

    W v Poland CO/4311/2016

    High Court appeal involving Article 8.

    Z v Poland CO/2245/2016

    High Court appeal involving double jeopardy & A8.

    D v Poland CO/4258/2016

    High Court appeal involving s.14 & Article 8.

    L v Poland CO/2661/2016

    High Court appeal involving s.2 & Article 8.

    S v Poland CO/4051/2016

    High Court appeal involving Article 8.

    B v Poland CO/4016/2016

    High Court appeal involving ss.2, 14 & Article 8.

    S v Latvia CO/2380/2016

    High Court appeal involving right to re-trial s.20

    W v Poland CO/2160/2016

    High Court appeal involving Articles 6 & 8.

    C v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWHC 238 (Admin); [2007] Extradition L.R. 51

    Extradition case involving Judicial Review of the Home Secretary.

News

  • George Hepburne Scott was Interviewed on CNN on the Julian Assange Case
  • Success for George Hepburne-Scott in the High Court
  • George Hepburne Scott achieves a Suspended Sentence for client in a WMD arms dealing case
  • George Hepburne-Scott Instructed in High-Profile Albanian Murder Extradition Appeal
  • George Hepburne Scott instructed as Leading Counsel in 6-week international arms dealing trial at Southwark Crown Court.
  • George Hepburne Scott succeeds in landmark Ecuadorean Extradition case
  • George Hepburne Scott has been invited to lecture at the 2018 International Extradition Conference to be held in Sarnico, Italy in June 2018
  • MORE EXTRADITION SUCCESS FOR GEORGE HEPBURNE-SCOTT
  • Success for George Hepburne Scott in the Administrative Court
  • Crown Court Success for George Hepburne Scott
  • GEORGE HEPBURNE SCOTT INSTRUCTED IN MOST HIGH-PROFILE EXTRADITION CASE OF 2017
  • TRIPLE SUCCESS FOR GEORGE HEPBURNE SCOTT IN HIGH COURT EXTRADITION APPEALS
  • Extradition success for George Hepburne Scott in the High Court
  • George Hepburne Scott – Success in the Court of Appeal on 27th June 2017
  • Success for George Hepburne Scott in the High Court
  • George Hepburne Scott successfully prosecutes stabbing gang at Woolwich Crown Court:
  • Success in the High Court for George Hepburne Scott on emergency injunction application
  • George Hepburne Scott successfully prosecutes serial rapist.
  • George Hepburne Scott succeeds in another sentence appeal in the Court of Appeal
  • George Hepburne Scott succeeds in another sentence appeal in the Court of Appeal
  • George Hepburne Scott wins two successive victories in the Court of Appeal on the same day before returning to Lewes Crown Court to conclude a Rape trial.
  • Success in Court of Appeal for George Hepburne Scott
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