This guidance is for those who are facing difficulties abroad. It leans heavily on the subject of obtaining a fair trial that meets international standards. But it also includes pushing to get your local British diplomatic mission to intervene in whatever your case is.
It aims to educate, advise, support and perhaps empower. It may help someone arrested abroad, or a family member who is supporting or fighting for their loved one who faces prison abroad.
But it may also help others with a whole range of difficulties who are seeking consular services. In short, there may be something for everyone within this guidance. It’s primarily written with British families in mind but touches upon the common themes of working with different systems, coping, emotions and people.
What we can do for you
We are able to call upon a range of diplomats, lawyers, human rights activists, media contacts, victims of overseas difficulties and many other sources, worldwide, for advice and help.
We can explain how systems work; such as embassies, legal systems, and the governments of foreign nations. We can help with drafting letters and emails, lobbying organisations, and figuring out where and how best to apply pressure to secure the best possible outcome for you or your loved one. We can provide you with real life advice and support which we hope will empower you to stand up and fight back against what may seem like an insurmountable problem you are facing.
We offer an initial no fee consultation.
I'm David Walters and I'm uniquely qualified and experienced to give this advice for two reasons. Firstly, I am a retired British diplomat. Secondly, a close family member of mine was arrested in the Far East in 2011...
I am a retired civil servant. I’m not a lawyer and have no legal qualifications. As a result, this guidance comes with all the usual caveats about not taking anything I write or say as being legal advice.
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