Rebecca Niblock

Partner

Criminal Litigation

"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, 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 Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

Rebecca 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. 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 is rated Band 1 in Chambers UK 2015 for crime: extradition.

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 has experience in advising in sanctions cases, and in providing advice to those subject to Interpol red notices and mutual legal assistance requests.

She has a detailed knowledge of legal  developments both domestically and at the EU level and is keen to apply solutions which are both practical and, in appropriate circumstances, innovative, to a particular client’s needs. 

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

In October 2014, she gave evidence at the House of Lords to the Select Committee on Extradition Law.

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 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, 2015

"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, 2014

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

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2013

 

Publications

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

 

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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.

 

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

Chambers UK, 2017

"...Associate Rebecca Niblock is praised as "extremely knowledgeable, hard-working and thorough." She is highlighted for her abilities in extradition matters between the UK and the Russian Federation and Ukraine... "

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2015

Rebecca Niblock has an active and impressive extradition practice. "She is immensely talented" and "a very good litigator," say interviewees. She has handled a number of significant Ukrainian cases.

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2015

noted for her tactical intelligence and knowledge of extradition law

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014

She stands out as being 'exceptionally bright' and 'fearless'. Interviewees regard her as a rising star in the field of extradition, noting that 'her expertise is beyond her years'..." 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2013

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Blogs

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

Extradition lawyer criticises UK Government over European Arrest Warrants

The new forum bar – will it stem the increase in US extraditions?

War Crimes Suspects in the UK – Deport, Extradite or Prosecute?

Whole Life Sentences European Judgement – here we go again

European Arrest Warrants – can we trust our neighbours to be fair?

Duchess of Cambridge photographs: distasteful but was it a crime?

#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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+44 (0)20 7814 1281

rniblock@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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