Louisa Collins

Year of Call: 2004

Louisa’s extradition practice has grown from strength to strength, building on her expertise first established during her secondment with the CPS Extradition Unit in 2007. Louisa's expertise has grown through the variety of extradition cases in which she has conducted, and through her criminal work which has involved cross-border fraud.

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Overview

Louisa is listed in Chambers and Partners (2017) as a leader in the field of extradition.

"Her skeletons are just so professional and she is one of those people that when she goes before a judge she commands the respect of all the judges there."

"Very persuasive and very knowledgeable, she's firm in her approach when necessary."

Chambers and Partners 2017.

Louisa is an experienced advocate who specialises in extradition law. She completed a secondment with the CPS Extradition Unit in 2007 – 2008 and has since been instructed on numerous occasions before the Administrative Court, dealing with both EAW and Part 2 requests.

Professional Memberships

  • Extradition Lawyers Association

Crime

Louisa has particular expertise in dealing with highly complex cases involving issues of disclosure, PII and confiscation. She was instructed as disclosure counsel by the Crown in relation to a CCRC referral to the Court of Appeal to review historic disclosure failings in a case involving a complex drug conspiracy and corrupt police officers.

Extradition & International

Louisa’s extradition practice has grown from strength to strength, building on her expertise first established during her secondment with the Extradition Unit in 2007 and expanded on, not only through the variety of extradition cases in which she has been instructed, but also through her criminal work which has involved cross-border fraud.

She appeared as led junior in the leading extradition case on asylum law (Dytlow), as well as a complex Turkish terrorist extradition case, lasting some two years (Dilek) and an ongoing matter concerning Romanian prison conditions (Blaj).

Judicial Review & Public Law

Louisa has appeared before the Administrative Court in a number of judicial review matters arising out of extradition proceedings before the magistrates’ court.

Cases of Note

Sachanek v Poland [2014] EWHC 510

Louisa appeared for the respondent in this appeal which raised s14, Article 8 and a ground against the costs order imposed by the district judge.

Matuszewski v Poland[2014] EWHC 357

Louisa successfully appealed against an extradition order on Article 8 grounds.

Juchniewicz v Poland[2014] EWHC 509 (Admin)

Louisa appeared for the respondent in this appeal brought on Article 8 grounds.

Public Prosecutor’s Office, Milan v Marisa Merico [2011] EWHC 1857 (Admin)

Louisa successfully defended in this matter both at first instance and in the Divisional Court. Ms Merico was discharged pursuant to section 14 of the Extradition Act 2003. This case raised a number of difficult and sensitive issues due to the offences arising out of Ms Merico’s links to the Calabrian mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta.

Targosinski v Polish Judicial Authority [2011] EWHC 312 (Admin)

Louisa appeared on behalf of the Respondent Polish judicial authority in this appeal brought on human rights grounds (article 3 of the ECHR) regarding prison conditions. The appeal was dismissed.

Krzysztof Ras v Polish Judicial Authority (Administrative Court)

Louisa appeared on behalf of the Polish judicial authority in this judicial review against a refusal to adjourn proceedings by a district judge and substantive appeal against extradition. Permission for judicial review was refused and the appeal was dismissed.

Gorniak v Polish Judicial Authority [2011] EWHC 513 (Admin)

Louisa appeared alone on behalf of the Respondent Polish judicial authority in this appeal brought on human rights and medical grounds as the requested person was considered to be a suicide risk. The appeal was dismissed.