Rebecca Niblock

Partner

Criminal Litigation | International Crime and Extradition | White Collar and Financial Crime

"A fantastic partner who has great strategic oversight on a case."

Chambers UK 2021

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

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

Rebecca is a leading criminal lawyer, with a specialism in dealing with complex matters that cross jurisdictions. She is ranked as a Star Individual by Chambers & Partners UK 2021 in the field of Crime: Extradition and is recommended in Who’s Who: Business Crime Defence Lawyers.
 

Extradition

Rebecca has successfully defended many persons requested by other states, both inside and outside the EU in extradition proceedings at all levels. She frequently provides strategic advice where extradition proceedings are anticipated. She has a track record of defending persons subject to high profile, complex and politically motivated requests successfully and often works alongside colleagues in our International Protection team to assist clients, particularly in cases which people have been targeted in a corporate raid or for ulterior motives. She has an in-depth knowledge of human rights law and provides training on human rights to international audiences.

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

Chambers and Partners, 2019

White collar crime

Rebecca has acted for clients in a wide range of investigations from serious fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption in relation to a number of agencies, including the SFO, NCA, HMRC and the FCA. She has significant experience representing both suspects and witnesses in such investigations.

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

Legal 500, 2019

INTERPOL

Rebecca has extensive experience of dealing with challenges to INTERPOL red notices. She advises persons who anticipate that a red notice may be issued, as well as those in respect of whom a notice has already been published, and has an excellent track record of the removal of such notices.

Mutual legal assistance

Rebecca provides advice and assistance to individuals and businesses who are the subject of requests for assistance from overseas jurisdictions, whether suspects or witnesses. She will frequently work in parallel with lawyers from overseas jurisdictions to obtain the best outcome, where such a request is made.

Criminal Defence and Police Investigations

Rebecca has many years of experience of representing individuals at police station interviews, in relation to offences ranging from sexual offences and offences involving violence or drugs to allegations of dishonesty.

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

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

...is an excellent extradition practitioner, who always provides calm and measured advice."

Legal 500 UK 2020

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

Legal 500, 2019

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

Chambers and Partners 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

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 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

 

Publications, Press HIghlights & Speaking Engagements

 

Professional societies and memberships

  • Co-founder and former chair of the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum.
  • Rebecca sits on the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee.
  • She is a committee member of the IBA War Crimes Committee and the European Criminal Bar Association. 

 

She has the ability to focus on strategic issues in complex cases with lots of facets as well as the ability to communicate with and coordinate people in order to move a case forward."

Chambers UK 2021

Rebecca Niblock is precise and meticulous."

Legal 500 UK 2021

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

 

Read the third edition of Extradition law: a practitioner’s guide co-written by Rebecca Niblock and Edward Grange, Partner at Corker Binning

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, Price Fixing and Anti-trust

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.

Extradition

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 lawyers advise clients facing a criminal investigation or prosecution for a breach of sanctions and for individuals who have been made the subject of sanctions or restrictive measures.

Serious Fraud

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.

Interpol

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.

International Protection

Our International Protection group offers comprehensive multijurisdictional advice from our specialist immigration, criminal and public law teams.

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 and Money Laundering

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.

AML 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'

Political Affairs

Our international work includes dealing with the suite of issues that may arise from politically motivated persecutions.

Art and Creative Media

Providing holistic legal advice for the particular needs of the art and creative media world.

Responding to a Data Leak

Our Specialist Data Leak Response Team are able to advise on mitigating any potential consequences for you or your business.

Insight from Rebecca

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News

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

Attorney General's rule of law record could hinder EU extradition deal - Rebecca Niblock comments in Free Movement

Goldman's Europe boss among 17 bankers charged in Malaysian 1MDB probe - Rebecca Niblock quoted

Rebecca Niblock comments on the arrest of Julian Assange and the potential extradition requests from Sweden and US

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

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Blogs

On its way: The UK-US Bilateral Data Access Agreement

Changes proposed by the Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill

Fast-track electronic evidence gathering from overseas – One step closer

Cross-border criminal justice post-Brexit – Operation Yellowhammer

New powers to gather electronic evidence from overseas agreed

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

No deal Brexit: what this would mean for extradition?

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

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

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

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

#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 – January 2017

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

European Arrest Warrant: EU Court examines deduction of detention periods

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

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

EU criminal justice - promoting fair and effective cooperation

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

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

Extradition under review: Home Office responds to Lords

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