Noam Almaz


Noam is a crime and extradition solicitor with a background in serious crime and a particular focus on protest-related defence work.

His tenacious and thorough approach has resulted in the acquittal of many clients over the years, including those against whom the evidence initially appeared extremely strong.

Noam has been an extradition practitioner since around 2010. He is recognised for his highly creative approach, identifying numerous novel points of law.

Noam conducts the vast majority of his own full hearings, including drafting skeleton arguments.

Noam has secured the discharge of numerous clients.

Some of Noam’s notable extradition cases include:

Advocate & litigator: Germany v S – 8th January 2019
Temporary transfer; less coercive measures; Requested Person (RP) discharged;

Advocate & litigator: K v United States – (ongoing)
Re-extradition to USA after an interval of several years, appeal rights; novel point of law identified;

Advocate & litigator: Bulgaria v N – October 2018
Prison conditions in Bulgaria; Requested Person discharged;

Advocate & litigator: Poland v Kuinert –  (Ongoing)
Abuse of process, previous extradition to the same Requesting State; novel point of law identified;

Advocate & litigator: Hungary v R – November 2018
Abuse of process, Articles 5 and Article 6 ECHR (delay in youth proceedings); Requested Person (RP) discharged;

Advocate & litigator: Poland v A – (ongoing)
Human slavery; fugitive status; Article 8.

Advocate & litigator: Ireland v R – (ongoing)
Threat from non-state actors; Articles 3 and 8;

Advocate & litigator: Romania v Forogau – 21stNovember 2016
Validity (particulars) & admissibility; Requested Person (RP) discharged; Novel points of law identified

Advocate & litigator: Romania v Maris – 11thNovember 2016
Validity (particulars); RP discharged; Novel points of law identified

Advocate & litigator: France v Bechian – 22ndJune 2016
Validity (particulars); RP discharged; Novel points of law identified

Advocate & litigator: Slovakia v Ziga – 4thJanuary 2016
Article 8 & right to retrial; RP discharged

Advocate & litigator: Romania v Geru – 21stDecember 2015
Double jeopardy and abuse of process; RP discharged; Novel points of law identified

Advocate & litigator: Romania v Costan – 26thAugust 2015
Validity (merged sentences); RP discharged; Novel points of law identified

Advocate & litigator: Romania v Barbu – 26thAugust 2015
Validity (merged sentences); RP discharged; Novel points of law identified

Advocate & litigator: Polandv Maciejewska – 18th June 2015
Article 8 & rights of the child; RP discharged

Advocate & litigator: Polandv Przepiorkowska – 10th March 2015
Article 8 & rights of the child; RP discharged

Advocate & litigator: Bulgaria v Aleksandrov – January 2015
Right to retrial; delay; Article 8; RP discharged

Advocate & litigator: Polandv Chmura – 2014
Vulnerable RP & partner; Article 8; RP discharged

Advocate & litigator: Polandv Szydlowski– 2014
Article 8 & culpable delay; RP discharged

Advocate & litigator: Lithuania v Zutataus – 2014
Article 8 (private life); RP discharged

Advocate & litigator: Hungary v Vucics – 2014
Insufficient particulars & validity of warrant; RP discharged

Advocate & litigator: Lithuania v Mikhailovas –2013
Insufficient judicial oversight in issuance of EAW; RP discharged; Novel points of law identified

Advocate & litigator: Lithuania v Baltrusaitis – 2013
Insufficient judicial oversight in issuance of EAW; RP discharged; Novel points of law identified

Advocate & litigator: Czech Republic v Czina – 2012
Validity (domestic warrants; abuse of process; double jeopardy; Article 8; RP discharged; Novel points of law identified

Grozavu v Romania (unreported), 10 August 2018 –Novel point of law identified;
Noam was the advocate in the Magistrates’ Court.  The RP was discharged on one matter and extradition ordered on the other.  The High Court specifically commented that Noam’s submissions at the Magistrates Court were correct and the RP was discharged on the remaining matter;

Olga C v The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Latvia [2016] EWHC 2211 (Admin)
Extradition and risk of re-trafficking; highly vulnerable appellant; Divisional Court

Bowen v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 1400 (Admin); United States v Bowen (No.2) [2015] EWHC 1873 (Admin); United States v Bowen (No.1) [2015] EWHC 1873 (Admin);
First ever case dealing with civil commitment in New York State; specialty; Divisional Court

Peru v Cato & Others [2016] EWHC 914 (Admin)
Prison conditions and judicial corruption; First Peruvian extradition requests in living memory; Divisional court

Romania v Barbu [2016] EWHC  124 (Admin)
Validity (merged sentences); Divisional Court

Sarkozyova v Slovakia – 10thFebruary 2016 (unreported)
Delay and Oppression, Article 8 ECHR

Korpikiewicz v Poland– 10th September [2015] EWHC 3034 (Admin)
Article 8 ECHR.

Witkowski v Poland– Admin. Court – 4th February 2015 (unreported)
Article 8 and the rights of the child

Grzybowski v Judicial Authority of Poland(in transcription) – Admin. Court, 8th October 2014
Expired limitation period and the European Arrest Warrant (EAW); EAW invalid as purpose equivocal

Kramek v Judicial Authority in Warsaw, Poland[2014] EWHC 3636 (Admin)
Article 8 ECHR private life rights; delay

Bardhoshi, Sadushi v Albania [2014] EWHC 2756 (Admin)
Judicial corruption in Albania and Article 6 ECHR; conviction in absentia and retrial rights; blood feuds; conditions in detention and Article 3 ECHR; family rights; Divisional Court

Garbowski v Regional Court in Warsaw, Poland[2013] EWHC 3695 (Admin)
Article 8 ECHR private life rights; delay

“ I would like to hugely thank Noam Almaz for his amazing work. I came out of Westminster Magistrates court crying of joy because it's rare you come across such an amiable, positive, determined, warm-hearted individual in this walk of life. His support and passion has been immense and I can't thank him enough. He's truly an attribute and someone of high value to the legal sector as a solicitor. His work deserves the upmost dignity and honor-Noam I salute you ”

- Tyra Senior

“ I had a good experience working with NLS , the solicitor i got , “Noam Almaz” was extremely helpful and I felt he listened to everything i had to say instead of “box ticking” or having a pre-judgement of myself. Although i did not get the exact outcome I wanted he still worked in a holistic and inclusive manner, he tried all avenues before giving up and he also made an effort to try and reasure me that the situation would get better and that it would not determine my life opportunities, he also write me a letter explaining for lack of a better term that the situation was not as black and white as it appeared. I would advice anyone i knew to contact him as a solicitor. ”

- Mickey Desilva