Rebecca Niblock


Criminal Litigation

"one of the most prominent lawyers out there practising extradition law."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"Extradition superstar" and considered to be "one of the best in the business"

Chambers and Partners, 2019

Rebecca has significant experience in both domestic criminal litigation and extradition, having acted for defendants in a wide range of investigations from serious fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption, to sexual offences and offences involving violence or drugs. She advises on a wide range of white collar crime matters including SFO and FCA investigations. She has extensive experience of representing individuals at police station interviews.

Rebecca specialises in cases involving cross-jurisdictional elements. She has successfully defended many persons requested by other states, both inside and outside the EU in extradition proceedings at all levels. She has experience in advising in sanctions cases, and in providing advice to those subject to Interpol red notices and mutual legal assistance requests. Many of these international cases require an understanding of human rights and, in addition to casework, Rebecca provides training on human rights to international audiences. She has also represented one of only three persons prosecuted in the UK for an offence of universal jurisdiction.

“an excellent lawyer” who is recognised here for her impressive work defending individuals. She wins high praise from sources who note, “She’s really at the top of her game.”

Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2018

Rebecca has co-written one of the leading practitioner texts on extradition law (see below), now in its second edition.

Rebecca has Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal). She has a PhD in Art History from the University of Bristol.

Recent work

  • Successfully defended a number of EAW cases, from countries such as Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, and Romania.
  • Successful challenges to a number of requests from Ukraine.
  • Secured a discharge in the two most recent extradition requests made by the Russian Federation.
  • Represented a number of persons facing allegations of sexual offences.
  • Advising senior members of international companies in relation to SFO and FCA investigations.
  • Acting for Nepalese army officer facing trial for torture in criminal proceedings brought in the UK.


what clients and directories have said

"she knows the law very well and is on top of this fast-moving area," and "she adds value that you wouldn't get from other counsel."

Chambers and Partners UK, 2017

"comes highly recommended for the "specialist knowledge" she brings to her expert extradition practice."

Chambers UK, 2017

"She is one of the leading extradition lawyers practising in London. She is academically excellent and able to translate that into advice for her clients."

Chambers and Partners, 2016

"She is one of the leading extradition lawyers practising in London. She is academically excellent and able to translate that into advice for her clients."

 Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016 

Associate Rebecca Niblock is praised as "extremely knowledgeable, hard-working and thorough." 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"Rebecca Niblock is highly regarded within the fields of general crime and extradition. Sources note that "she is an urbane and thoughtful lawyer with an impressive intellect"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"She stands out as being 'exceptionally bright' and 'fearless'.

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession



Rebecca is co-author of Extradition Law: A Practitioners Guide, published by LAG.  It is available to order online. Read the Law Society Gazette review here

Rebecca recently contributed to the House of Lords Select Committee on Extradition.  The report has now been published, read it here.

Public Service Europe 9 July 2013: Making political capital at the expense of the rule of law is a dangerous game, which the British government should avoid at all costs, argues Rebecca


Publications, Press HIghlights, Speaking Engagements & Blogs



Professional societies and memberships

  • Member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitor’s Association (LCCSA)
  • Member of Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates.

Rebecca is also chair of the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum. She sits on the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee and is a committee member of the Extradition Lawyers’ Association.


Rebecca is an excellent solicitor and a real expert in her field. She is incredibly hardworking, extremely organised and able to drill down into the really important parts of a case."

Chambers UK 2020 - A client's guide to the UK Legal Profession an excellent extradition practitioner, who always provides calm and measured advice."

Legal 500 UK 2020

She is tenacious, hard-working and tactically very astute."

Chambers and Partners 2019 

hugely respected by colleagues, due in large measure to her unerring ability to out-tactician her opponents."

Legal 500, 2019

"one of the most experienced extradition people," who is "academically very bright, and pragmatic in how she runs cases," and produces "top-tier work."

Chambers and Partners UK, 2018

Related Services

Bribery and Corruption

We have a long track record of defending corruption investigations for individuals. Our expert lawyers can also advise on internal investigations.

Cartels, Competition and Price Fixing

Our top ranked cartels team is extremely well placed to provide advice to individuals and companies who are caught up in cartel activity.

Dubai & UAE Services

Support for British expats based in Dubai and the UAE. Services include family law, immigration advice, wills and succession planning.


Kingsley Napley has a wealth of experience in successfully defending extradition requests having worked in this field for several decades.

Financial Sanctions and Export Controls

Our expert lawyers can advise in the event of a criminal investigation or prosecution for a breach of sanctions and for individuals who have been made the subject of sanctions or restrictive measures. We also represent companies and individuals regarding trade control issues.

Fraud and Financial Crime

Defending complex white collar cases successfully is what we are known for. The firm has the largest team of specialist criminal lawyers in the UK.

Criminal Defence and Police Investigations

From police station representation and advice to restraint and confiscation proceedings, we are proactive in achieving the best outcomes.

International Crime and Extradition

Criminal law is increasingly an international concept with cross-border implications. Knowing your rights and options is essential.


An Interpol Red Notice can severely inhibit a person’s liberty, and have drastic consequences for a person’s reputation. We can assist in Red Notice cases by engaging with Interpol either prior to or following the issue of a Red Notice.

Police Station Representation and Advice

Our team includes specialist police station advisers. We are proactive in achieving the best outcomes for our clients.

American Services

Legal advice and support for US citizens, families, entrepreneurs and businesses based in the UK and for British expats living in the US.

Proceeds of Crime

Recent years have seen considerable growth in this practice area, following the introduction of new measures designed to tackle illicit finance and the increased attention of enforcement agencies.

Account Freezing and Forfeiture Orders, and Cash Seizure

Tackling illicit finance and the proceeds of crime is a government priority and law enforcement focus.

Money Laundering Regulation and Compliance

Ensuring that the UK financial system is an increasingly hostile environment for illicit finances is a key government priority.

Restraint Orders, Confiscation and Third Party Rights

We advise individuals and corporates in relation to restraint orders and third party applications in respect of property caught by restraint orders.

Unexplained Wealth Orders

UWOs are used by law enforcement agencies to require an individual to prove that a particular asset was obtained through legitimate means.

Extending Moratorium Periods

Another feature of the Proceeds of Crime Act that can have the unwelcome effect of freezing property is the 'moratorium period'

Insight from Rebecca

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Should there be a right to banking? Mary Young and Rebecca Niblock write for The Law Society Gazette

Sanctions regulator forces banks to tighten up compliance - Rebecca Niblock quoted in Law360

UK Judges block extradition of Russian tax fraud suspect - Rebecca Niblock quoted in Law360

Judges block extradition of Russian oligarch over torture concerns - Rebecca Niblock comments in The Times

Russian bid to head Interpol fails, but concerns of abuse remain - Rebecca Niblock comments

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New powers to gather electronic evidence from overseas agreed

No deal Brexit: what this would mean for extradition?

MPs scrutinise rules for new powers to gather electronic evidence overseas (OPO)

A South Korean president will not prevent the abuse of INTERPOL: root and branch reform is needed

#Brexit Withdrawal Agreement: transitional arrangements for the European Arrest Warrant

The Crime (Overseas Production Order) Bill - We must not lose control of data sharing

Long arm of the law: new powers to gather electronic evidence overseas

International Criminal Law – A month in review – February 2018

Sanctions and AML: first #BREXIT bill makes its way through Parliament

New Guidance on Financial Sanctions – OFSI approach to compliance and enforcement

New reporting regulations for sanctions breaches now in force

Post-#Brexit extradition arrangements: clarity called for

International Criminal Law – A month in review – January 2017

European Arrest Warrant: EU Court examines deduction of detention periods

EU criminal justice - promoting fair and effective cooperation

Bribery and Corruption: judge opens window to FCPA challenge by UK citizen

Extradition under review: Home Office responds to Lords

Cross-border criminal justice post-Brexit – Operation Yellowhammer

Dubai: The enforcement of orders made in family proceedings and the role of Interpol

Corporate and individual accountability for international crimes: Kingsley Napley hosts second International Criminal Law Conference

Good reason to reconsider the benefit of the doubt accorded to Russia in extradition cases

#Brexit: Government outlines provisions of future International Sanctions Bill

#Brexit and foreign affairs: International Sanctions Bill proposed

Theresa May wants EU criminals out; following Brexit it may become more difficult to remove them

Brexit and security: the importance of the protection of fundamental human rights

Genocide – Whether there exists an obligation in the UK to extradite or prosecute in such cases

Diversity on the bench: time to wake up?

International Criminal Law – A month in review – March 2017

Justice and Security - A series on the EU, the UK, and the outlook post-Brexit: blog #3 - Looking at the EAW

Justice and Security - A series on the EU, the UK, and the outlook post-Brexit: blog #2

Justice and security: A series on the EU, the UK and the outlook post-Brexit: blog #1

International Criminal Law – A month in review – February 2017

International criminal law – a month in review September-October 2016

Mutual Recognition, Mutual Trust? Detention conditions and deferring an EAW

Launch of Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation: understanding, implementing and enforcing sanctions

Considering business with Iran? Proceed with caution

Extradition and Russian prison conditions – genuine improvement or Potemkin Village?

Extradition and police powers: Home Office seeks views

Seeking assurances: House of Lords revisit debate on Extradition

International Criminal Law – A month in review – August 2015

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