ProfileAreas of Work
Crime (Defence and Prosecution)
• LLB (Hons)
• LLM (Lond)
• Bar Vocational Course
Before joining Chambers, Efstathios was a solicitor with higher rights of audience in a leading firm of solicitors where he gained extensive experience of general crime, fraud and extradition. Since his transfer to the Bar, Efstathios defends and prosecutes in the Crown Court. He is regularly instructed for the defence in a wide range of cases, including violent offences, sexual offences and dishonesty. Efstathios is also regularly instructed by the CPS and has also been instructed as a case presenter by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
In August 2016 Efstathios gave a presentation to trainee police officers on the PACE codes of practice and on disclosure.
Efstathios has delivered lectures on topical legal issues to solicitors at seminars organised by Chambers.
Notable Criminal cases
R v M – St Albans Crown Court
GBH with intent - 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 in a trial of robbery of a pensioner, where life changing injuries were caused to the victim. The defendant was 14 years old and the main witness for the prosecution was 16.
R v J – Luton Crown Court
Defending in a trial of affray, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a bladed article. Secured the acquittal of the defendant.
R v M – Aylesbury Crown Court
Appeared for the defence in a trial where the client was 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 S – Kingston Crown Court
Represented a defendant accused of affray and possession of a bladed article in a public place. Following mitigation, the judge was persuaded to sentence the defendant to a suspended period of imprisonment.
R v P – Kingston Crown Court
Successfully defended a client accused of possessing articles for use in fraud. The case against the defendant was dismissed following a successful submission of no case to answer.
R v A – Woolwich Crown Court
Appeared for the Prosecution. Secured the conviction of the defendant for assault and criminal damage following a two-day trial.
R v V – Kingston Crown Court
Successfully defended a client accused of grievous bodily harm with intent. At the end of the prosecution case, the prosecution offered no evidence against this defendant while the trial against the three co-defendants continued.
Efstathios is regularly instructed in asylum and general immigration cases and frequently appears before the First Tier Tribunal. He recently appeared before the Upper Tribunal where he successfully argued that the Judge at the First Tier Tribunal had made a material error of law. The decision was set aside and the case was remitted to the First Tier Tribunal for rehearing.
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
North London Bar Mess
Cypriot Lawyers’ Society
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