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Florence Iveson

"Energetic, knowledgeable and someone who cares deeply about her cases."

Chambers & Partners 2019
Called: 2012

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 “outstanding” junior, “a persuasive advocate in her drafting as well as on her feet” 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 also carries out advisory work in this area, including in high profile extradition cases in other jurisdictions.

Florence is currently acting for Julian Assange, led by Mark Summers QC and Edward Fitzgerald QC. She is also involved in a number of other high profile part 2 requests, including representing a requested person sought by India for an alleged terrorism related murder and a requested person sought in the United States for a high value romance fraud.

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 and recently appeared in the Supreme Court in the first extradition case dealing with article 3 in the context of extradition.

Florence has acted in many of the leading extradition appeals in recent years, including the first major case on fair trial rights in Poland, cases involving complex tax and VAT carousel frauds, the most recent decision on speciality and the leading case on section 12A.

Florence has a particular expertise in cases where extradition is resisted on the basis of poor prison conditions and has been junior counsel in many of the lead appeals in this area including cases involving Hungary, Bulgaria, and Lithuania.  She has also had a large number of successes both at first instance and on appeal arguing Article 8 family life grounds.

Florence has undertaken a range of criminal work from the Magistrates’ Court to the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. Florence also advises on criminal cases with a cross border element or which involve extra-territorial conduct and in cases where an extradition request is anticipated.

Florence’s interest in international crime led to her working on a complex multi–jurisdictional case for the Serious Fraud Office involving possible international corporate corruption. Recently Florence was led by Alison McDonald in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court, instructed by Lawyers for Justice in Libya and REDRESS, as Amicus Curiae in Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi’s admissibility challenge.

Florence also has an interest in environmental law and is assisting a panel of international law experts who are drafting a proposed amendment to the Rome Statute to add ecocide as an international criminal offence.

Florence has experience across a number of areas of public law, with a strong interest in the cross over between criminal and public law. Florence appears regularly in the High Court and has undertaken a wide range of immigration matters, as well as advising on unlawful detention claims and prison law matters. Florence authored the prison law chapter in Criminal Judicial Review (Hart Publishing). Florence is appointed to the Attorney General’s London C Panel and therefore also has experience of acting for government departments in public law matters.

Florence has had an interest in prison law since setting up the Vocalise Prison Debate programme in 2010, which sees law students teaching Parliamentary style debating to prison inmates across London. Florence has appeared in a number of parole board matters including for individuals convicted of terrorism offences.

Florence graduated from Bristol University with a first class degree in English Literature. Before coming to the bar Florence worked in film and television, producing a number of short films in her spare time.

While at law school Florence co-founded the Vocalise programme, training law students to become debate mentors for prison inmates. The students teach a course of lessons culminating in a final debate, pitting the prison team against university level debaters. It was taught in Pentonville Prison initially but has since expanded into a number of prisons. Vocalise was awarded the Attorney General’s Law Works prize for best pro-bono project in 2012 and last year featured in a film created by the Ministry of Justice.

Author of prison law chapter in Criminal Judicial Review (Hart Publishing).

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, Ede and Ravenscroft Prize, 2011

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, Prince of Wales Scholarship, 2010

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, Travel Scholarship 2010

  • Executive Board Member and Co-founder of Vocalise Prison Debating
  • Extradition Lawyers Association.
  • Junior Counsel to the Crown – C panel 2019
DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

“A forceful advocate who really cares about her clients,” “she is a persuasive and passionate performer.” “She possesses strong technical knowledge and is good on esoteric points of law. Florence is exceptional at dealing with emotive cases.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“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.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Immensely hardworking and driven; clients love her.”

Legal 500, 2020

“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.”

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
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Florence Iveson
Called: 2012

"Energetic, knowledgeable and someone who cares deeply about her cases."

Chambers & Partners 2019

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Crime
  • Environmental Law and Natural Resources
  • Extradition and Mutual Assistance
  • Immigration, Asylum and Free Movement
  • Public Law

Florence Iveson

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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 “outstanding” junior, “a persuasive advocate in her drafting as well as on her feet” and “always invested in the case and so committed, she goes above and beyond for the client.”

Extradition

Florence is regularly instructed in complex matters including Part 2 cases, dealing with both technical and human rights issues. Florence also carries out advisory work in this area, including in high profile extradition cases in other jurisdictions. Florence is currently acting for Julian Assange, led by Mark Summers QC and Edward Fitzgerald QC. She is also involved in a number of other high profile part 2 requests, including representing a requested person sought by India for an alleged terrorism related murder and a requested person sought in the United States for a high value romance fraud. 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 and recently appeared in the Supreme Court in the first extradition case dealing with article 3 in the context of extradition. Florence has acted in many of the leading extradition appeals in recent years, including the first major case on fair trial rights in Poland, cases involving complex tax and VAT carousel frauds, the most recent decision on speciality and the leading case on section 12A. Florence has a particular expertise in cases where extradition is resisted on the basis of poor prison conditions and has been junior counsel in many of the lead appeals in this area including cases involving Hungary, Bulgaria, and Lithuania.  She has also had a large number of successes both at first instance and on appeal arguing Article 8 family life grounds.

Criminal Law

Florence has undertaken a range of criminal work from the Magistrates’ Court to the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. Florence also advises on criminal cases with a cross border element or which involve extra-territorial conduct and in cases where an extradition request is anticipated. Florence’s interest in international crime led to her working on a complex multi–jurisdictional case for the Serious Fraud Office involving possible international corporate corruption. Recently Florence was led by Alison McDonald in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court, instructed by Lawyers for Justice in Libya and REDRESS, as Amicus Curiae in Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi’s admissibility challenge. Florence also has an interest in environmental law and is assisting a panel of international law experts who are drafting a proposed amendment to the Rome Statute to add ecocide as an international criminal offence.

Public Law

Florence has experience across a number of areas of public law, with a strong interest in the cross over between criminal and public law. Florence appears regularly in the High Court and has undertaken a wide range of immigration matters, as well as advising on unlawful detention claims and prison law matters. Florence authored the prison law chapter in Criminal Judicial Review (Hart Publishing). Florence is appointed to the Attorney General’s London C Panel and therefore also has experience of acting for government departments in public law matters.

Prison Law

Florence has had an interest in prison law since setting up the Vocalise Prison Debate programme in 2010, which sees law students teaching Parliamentary style debating to prison inmates across London. Florence has appeared in a number of parole board matters including for individuals convicted of terrorism offences.

Other Experience

Florence graduated from Bristol University with a first class degree in English Literature. Before coming to the bar Florence worked in film and television, producing a number of short films in her spare time. While at law school Florence co-founded the Vocalise programme, training law students to become debate mentors for prison inmates. The students teach a course of lessons culminating in a final debate, pitting the prison team against university level debaters. It was taught in Pentonville Prison initially but has since expanded into a number of prisons. Vocalise was awarded the Attorney General’s Law Works prize for best pro-bono project in 2012 and last year featured in a film created by the Ministry of Justice.

Publications

Author of prison law chapter in Criminal Judicial Review (Hart Publishing).

Scholarships

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, Ede and Ravenscroft Prize, 2011 The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, Prince of Wales Scholarship, 2010 The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, Travel Scholarship 2010

Appointments and Memberships

Executive Board Member and Co-founder of Vocalise Prison Debating Extradition Lawyers Association. Junior Counsel to the Crown – C panel 2019

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

“A forceful advocate who really cares about her clients,” “she is a persuasive and passionate performer.” “She possesses strong technical knowledge and is good on esoteric points of law. Florence is exceptional at dealing with emotive cases.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“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.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Immensely hardworking and driven; clients love her.”

Legal 500, 2020

“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.”

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