International Insights in Criminal Law is a series of podcasts covering different aspects of cross border crime.

In the second episode of our series, Rebecca Niblock, Partner & Sophie Wood, Senior Associate (Barrister) in our Criminal Litigation team, speak about Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA).

They explore the following questions:

  • What is MLA and why is it needed?
  • Can MLA be used by both the prosecution and the defence?
  • Can any country ask the UK for help with an investigation through MLA?
  • Are there countries that the UK won't cooperate with?
  • What happens when the UK receives a MLA request from another country and who is it that decides whether to agree to an overseas request?

Stay tuned for more episodes in the series which will cover topics including Extradition & European Arrest Warrants. Click here to listen to episode 1 which covered Interpol & Red Notices.

Further Information

For further information on the issues raised in this podcast, please contact a member of our International Crime and Extradition team.

You can also find out more about the work our International Crime and Extradition team cover by clicking here or further information on Mutual Legal Assistance by clicking here.

About the Speakers

Rebecca Niblock is a partner in our Criminal Litigation team. She has significant experience in both domestic criminal litigation and extradition, having acted for defendants in a wide range of criminal matters from serious fraud, money laundering and corruption, to sexual offences and offences involving violence or drugs. Rebecca specialises in cases involving cross-jurisdictional elements. She has successfully defended a large number of persons requested by other states, both inside and outside the EU in extradition proceedings at all levels from the magistrates’ court to the Supreme Court. She also has experience in advising in sanctions cases, and in providing advice to those subject to Interpol red notices and mutual legal assistance requests.

Sophie Wood is a senior associate with extensive experience in advising corporate and individual clients involved in a wide range of internal, criminal and regulatory investigations and public inquiries. Sophie has acted for individuals involved in investigations brought by the HSE and local authorities, and is a member of the firm’s cross-practice Health, Safety and Environment Group.


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