Practice areas

Crime, Extradition, Immigration

Year of call: 2005


Before transferring to the Bar, Efstathios was a solicitor with higher rights of audience in a leading London firm of solicitors where he gained extensive experience in serious crime, white-collar crime and extradition. Since his transfer to the Bar, Efstathios prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court and is regularly instructed in a wide range of cases, including serious violence, sexual offences and dishonesty. Efstathios is a level 2 prosecutor on the CPS general crime panel and a level 1 prosecutor on the CPS Specialist Extradition panel.

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Efstathios is qualified to accept instructions on a direct access basis in suitable cases.

Efstathios has been instructed as disclosure counsel by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and is on the SFO Prosecution Panel C list of junior counsel.


Notable Criminal cases

R v A and another – Southwark Crown Court
Prosecuting in an attempted section 18 GBH and robbery.

R v B – Southwark Crown Court
Prosecuting in a matter concerning a series of burglaries at commercial premises in central London. The defendant was sentenced to a total of 27 months imprisonment.

R v X – Chelmsford Crown Court
Defending. Instructed as junior led by John Ojakovoh. Defendant accused of cheating the public revenue and fraud.

R v C – Court of Appeal
Appeal against sentence – Appeared for the appellant, a youth, who had been sentenced to an extended sentence of 5 years detention and 2 years on licence for robbery. The Court of Appeal quashed the sentence and substituted a determinate sentence of 5 years detention.

R v G – Warwick Crown Court
Sexual assault of a child under 13 – Defending. The defendant was accused of sexual assault of the daughter of his partner. Prosecution offered no evidence after the jury could not agree on a verdict.

R v M – St Albans Crown Court
s.18 GBH – Defending. The indictment was severed to two separate trials. The defendant was acquitted in the first trial and the Crown offered no evidence on the first day of the second trial.

R v C – Croydon Crown Court
Defending a youth in a trial of robbery of a pensioner, where life changing injuries were caused to the victim.

R v M – Aylesbury Crown Court
Defending a nurse accused of sexually assaulting a colleague. Cross-examination of the complainant required careful and sensitive witness handling. The jury unanimously acquitted the defendant.

R v N – Maidstone Crown Court
Defending in a trial of conspiracy to burgle schools. The burglaries occurred in the early hours of the morning over a period of several months and the prosecution relied on cell site and ANPR evidence.

R v V – Kingston Crown Court
Defending in a multi-handed s.18 GBH. Following extensive cross-examination of the prosecution witnesses, the prosecution offered no evidence against this defendant while the trial against the three co-defendants continued.


Extradition

Efstathios has extensive experience of extradition law from when he was a solicitor and has recently been admitted to the CPS Specialist Extradition Panel at level 1. He regularly appears at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on behalf of the CPS and has also recently appeared in the High Court.


Immigration cases

Efstathios has extensive experience in all areas of immigration law, including asylum and human rights in the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal. He recently appeared in the Upper Tribunal where following his detailed written submissions in a matter where his client was receiving dialysis treatment for kidney failure and his removal to rural Nigeria could lead to his premature death, the Home Office withdrew its appeal against the decision of the First Tier Tribunal on the day of the hearing.


Education

  • LLB (Hons) University of North London (now London Metropolitan University)
  • LLM King’s College, University of London
  • Bar Vocational Course Inns of Court School of Law

Languages Spoken

Greek (native)

German (conversational)

Spanish (conversational)


Professional Memberships

Lincoln’s Inn

Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

North London Bar Mess

Cypriot Lawyers’ Society