Louisa Collins

Year of Call: 2004

Louisa Collins is a barrister specialising in extradition, international crime and human rights law. Louisa is ranked in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for her extradition work.

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Louisa is a barrister specialising in extradition, international crime and human rights law.  Louisa has been listed in Chambers and Partners since 2017 and is ranked as a leader in the field of extradition at the London Bar.

"She provides very clear advice and is very impressive."

Chambers and Partners 2019.

"Exceptional client handling skills" and "very impressive written arguments."

Chambers and Partners 2018.

Louisa is also ranked in Legal 500 for her work in international crime and extradition.

‘Extremely experienced and a pleasure to work with.’

Legal 500 2019.


‘Brings tranquillity to high-pressure cases.’

Legal 500 2020.

Louisa is recognised for her hard work ethic, her ability to handle complex and sensitive cases and also her approachability.

"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.

Professional Panel Appointments:

  • Specialist Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Extradition panel: Level 2.

Professional Memberships

  • Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum.
  • Extradition Lawyers Association.

Extradition & International

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 instructions have involved a number of Part 2 jurisdictions (Moldova, Armenia, USA, India, UAE, Switzerland and Nigeria) and the full spectrum of countries under the EAW system.

Louisa has experience in challenging INTERPOL Red Notices, has assisted in negotiating prisoner transfer arrangements and has coordinated successful s21B interview requests.

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

Surovy v Slovakia [2019] EWHC 1309 (Admin)

Proportionality, exceptional circumstances under Crim PD XI para.50A.4.

Carpenter v Italy [2019] EWHC 211 (Admin)

s12A, charging decisions.

Beczer v Poland [2019] EWHC 1016 (Admin)

Time served.

Szlachetka v Poland [2019] EWHC 1329 (Admin)


Bulgaria v Minchev [2019] EWHC 1925 (Admin)

Dual criminality.

Zagul v Poland [2019] EWHC 121 (Admin)

Article 8.

Ostalowski v Poland [2018] EWHC 416 (Admin)

Fresh evidence, mental health, Article 8.

Lekawski v Poland [2018] EWHC 1049 (Admin)

Delay & proportionality.

Biesek v Poland [2018] EWHC 124 (Admin)

Young offenders, Article 8.

Kemp v Spain [2016] EWHC 69 (Admin)

Credit for time served, curfews and proportionality.

USA v Giese [2015] EWHC 3658 (Admin)

Assurances, civil commitment, mental disorder, Article 5 ECHR.

Bowen v USA [2015] EWHC 1873 (Admin) and [2015] EWHC 1873 (Admin)

Civil commitment, Article 5