Florence Iveson’s main practice areas are criminal and public law with a primary interest in extradition. She is described as “an exceptional advocate” in the Legal 500, and is ranked as a Tier 2 leading junior in international crime and extradition. She has received similar plaudits in Chambers and Partners, being described as an “excellent” junior, “energetic, knowledgeable and someone who cares deeply about her cases” and “always invested in the case and so committed, she goes above and beyond for the client.”
Florence is regularly instructed in complex matters including Part 2 cases, dealing with both technical and human rights issues.
Florence often appears before the Divisional Court, in her own right and lead by Queen’s Counsel. Florence has appeared without a leader in the Divisional Court against leading extradition silks, for example in the high profile case of Herba v Italy  EWHC 3211 (Admin) and Mohammed v Portugal  EWHC 3237 (Admin).
Florence currently has two appeals ongoing which were assigned a 3 judge Divisional Court due to their complexity. She is also acting at first instance for the government of the United States in an extradition request relating to organised crime and drug importation, as well as representing a requested person whose extradition has been requested by the Government of North Macedonia.
Florence has acted in many of the leading extradition appeals in recent years, including on fair trial rights in Poland (Lis v Poland  EWHC 674 (Admin)), complex VAT carousel frauds (Malik v Germany  EWHC 3479 (Admin), speciality (Kortas v Poland  EWHC 1356 (Admin)) and section 12A (Puceviciene v Lithuania  EWHC 1862 (Admin)).
Florence has a particular expertise in cases where extradition is resisted on the basis of poor prison conditions and is currently junior counsel in the lead appeals challenging extradition to Hungary and to Lithuania (ongoing). She has also had a large number of successes both at first instance and on appeal arguing Article 8 family life grounds (for example recently in Demirov v Bulgaria  EWHC 3812 (Admin) and DK v Belgium  EWHC 2242 (Admin)).
Florence has undertaken a range of criminal work from the Magistrates’ Court to the Crown Court and the Court of appeal. Florence’s interest in international crime lead to her working on a complex multi–jurisdictional case for the Serious Fraud Office involving possible international corporate corruption. Florence also has an interest in consumer law, having acted for Trading Standards Authorities many times, spoken at the annual TSI conference and also provided training for Trading Standards Officers.
Florence was involved in education appeals in her early career and has also undertaken a wide range of immigration matters. Florence has recently been appointed to the Attorney General’s London C Panel.
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An “outstanding” junior who prosecutes and defends complex extradition cases.
“A fantastic lawyer who is brilliant with clients and a persuasive advocate in her drafting as well as on her feet. She is a pleasure to work with a clearly a rising star among extradition lawyers.”
“Clever, hard-working and someone who can spot the weaknesses in a case, she rolls her sleeves up and gets completely stuck in.”
“Her levels of preparation and effort at all stages of proceedings are incomparable.”
Recent work: Acted in DK v Belgium, an extradition case regarding an individual wanted for burglaries.
Chambers & Partners, 2020
“Immensely hardworking and driven; clients love her.”
Legal 500, 2020
An “excellent” junior who prosecutes and defends complex extradition cases. Her developing practice includes cases involving prison conditions. Interviewees praise her client care and note she has expertise in handling vulnerable clients.
“Energetic, knowledgeable and someone who cares deeply about her cases.” “Always invested in the case and so committed, she goes above and beyond for the client.”
Recent work: Appeared in Bulgaria v Adanali, successfully acting for an individual facing a EAW relating to a conviction for smuggling antiquities.
Chambers & Partners, 2019
An exceptional advocate – her work is always praised by lay clients
Legal 500, 2018
Instructed by governments and requested persons.
Legal 500 2017