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 3 prosecutor on the CPS general crime panel.
Efstathios is on the SFO Prosecution Panel C list of junior counsel.
Efstathios is qualified to accept instructions on a direct access basis in suitable cases.
Notable Criminal cases
R v L and P – Reading Crown Court. Prosecuting in a trial of a robbery of an exotic dancer. Both Defendants were convicted and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment between them.
R v W – Inner London Crown Court. Prosecuting in a trial of sexual assault where the victim was under 18 years old. The Defendant was convicted.
R v BA – Wood Green Crown Court. Prosecuting in a trial of coercive and controlling behaviour and malicious communications. The Defendant was convicted after a 6-day trial and sentenced to 30 months imprisonment.
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 of a pensioner who had suffered life-changing injuries as a result. 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. The 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 Prosecution offered no evidence on the first day of the second trial.
R v M – Aylesbury Crown Court
Defending a nurse accused of sexually assaulting a colleague during a shift. Cross-examination of the complainant required careful and sensitive witness handling. The jury unanimously acquitted the defendant.
R v H – Portsmouth Crown Court
Prosecuting a sexual assault trial, subsequently dismissed on appeal to the Court of Appeal, where a juror had indicated to the Court that they would most likely be biased. The case was later reported and can be found at the following link R v Hernandez (Jordan)
- 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
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
North London Bar Mess