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Louisa Collins

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Louisa is an experienced and established specialist extradition barrister, acting both on behalf of requesting foreign governments and requested persons. She has been practicing in this area of the law since 2008 and has a breadth of experience in numerous complex cases and has a record of success in matters concerning vulnerable individuals. She works tirelessly to obtain the best possible outcomes for her clients and is noted for her approachability and hard work ethic.

Louisa’s practice involves advising and providing representation throughout all stages of the extradition process. She has a busy appellate workload and has made applications to the ECHR and dealt with ancillary proceedings, including judicial review. Louisa also regularly advises individuals and judicial authorities regarding the preparation of extradition requests made to this jurisdiction from other countries.

Recent cases have given rise to issues concerning Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Belgian and French prison conditions under Article 3 ECHR. Louisa is currently instructed in several sensitive matters in which mental health experts have provided evidence to the courts to deal with complicated s25 issues. Louisa’s background in fraud and white collar crime has led to her recent instruction in an eleven-handed German extradition request regarding a multi-million Euro VAT fraud. Louisa has previously been instructed on behalf of the US Government in numerous cases raising civil commitment and Article 5. These cases have been topical and political, relating to a separate civil detention regime for offences including rape, paedophilia, sexual abuse and child pornography (notably, US Government v Bowen [2015] EWHC 1873, US Government v Giese [2015] EWHC 3658).

She has raised and dealt with complex technical arguments concerning the interpretation of some of the more recently implemented provisions under the 2003 Act (see Kemp v Spain [2016] EWHC 69 (Admin)). She appeared on behalf of the appellant in the leading case on Romanian prison conditions (Blaj and others v Romania [2015] EWHC 1710 (Admin)). She was instructed on behalf of the appellant in the leading case on the jurisdiction of the High Court to deal with appeals against costs orders (Bizunowicz and another v Poland and the Czech Republic, [2014] EWHC 3238 (Admin)).

Professional Memberships

Extradition Lawyers Association and Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum.