Specialist in business crime, bribery and corruption; financial regulatory, extradition and international criminal law with an emphasis on providing high-level external advice to common law jurisdictions.
Acts for corporates and individuals seeking advice in the UK, Channel Islands, Cyprus, Greece and the Caribbean.
Maintains a general criminal practice including in allegations of terrorism, murder and sexual offences.
Regular speaker in the UK and internationally on issues of bribery, corruption, AML and fraud.
Pavlos is authorised to accept instructions directly from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. Members of the public who seek specialist advice and representation in court can come directly to him without having to instruct a solicitor first. In the right case, direct access to a barrister can be quicker and better value for clients. Equally, if direct access is not appropriate for you and your case then Pavlos can recommend a solicitor or bring in litigation support as and when needed.
Recent instructions include:
‘Pavlos is a robust and authoritative presence in court. He deals with legal submissions with confidence and persistence. He leads a team with dedication and good humour. His speeches are cogent and well constructed; charming manner which he puts to good effect with Judges and clients alike. Has the ability to find an arguable point amongst a haystack of nonsense and argue it successfully. Hard working, smart, diligent.’ Legal 500 2021 – General Crime
‘He is able to see through difficult facts and come to a simple solution to best achieve the client’s goals.’ Legal 500 2021 – Fraud
‘He is robust, dedicated, and determined.’ Legal 500 2021 – Offshore
“A very solid barrister whose client care is second to none.” – Chambers UK Bar 2021
2018 to 2020 Acting successfully for group finance and tax manager of the Bank of Cyprus charged with fraud, misleading shareholders and falsifying minutes of meetings of the assets and liabilities committee.
2020 Acting for two company directors of an international telecoms business facing prosecution for defrauding customers in another EU country. Case ongoing.
2019-2020 Acted for director of a gold bullion business facing £200m restraint order in the UK arising from an AML investigation. Succeeded in discharging restraint order.
2019 Advised Jersey based business facing prosecution for defrauding its client companies. Drafted the written submissions as to law of fraudulent conversion coupled with Preddy submissions succeeding in case being withdrawn from the jury. Drafted legal arguments in response to a prosecution appeal, once again succeeding in upholding the acquittal.
2019 Advised a UK law firm partner from whom the FBI sought assistance with its investigation into the Onecoin $4b Ponzi scheme and associated money laundering.
2018-2019 Acted for five directors of a leading UK printing business facing prosecution for conspiracy to cheat following a long-running HMRC investigation. Advised pre-trial and negotiated with prosecution as to acceptable pleas. When separate representation was deemed appropriate, appeared for one of the five directors avoiding custody in his case.
2017 Acted for principle partner at a law firm alleged to have committed a £6m fraud on the Legal Aid fund; Succeeded in striking prosecution out during interlocutory proceedings in the Court of Appeal.
2017 Acted for company director of UK and Spanish incorporated businesses alleged to have mis-sold to hundreds of thousands of customers using boiler rooms here and in Tenerife. Client acquitted.
2020 Advised Cyprus/Israeli based Russian businessman facing requests that he provide evidence in linked civil fraud proceedings running in parallel in the High Court in London and at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Cases arose from a 2017 banking dispute in the Russian Federation. Claims had been issued and were at varying states of completion in the Republic of Cyprus, Russia and London.
2019- 2020 Acting for two UK company directors of an AIM listed communications company and its Greek subsidiary facing prosecution in Athens for alleged fraud on thousands of consumers.
2018-2020 Acted for one of 5 defendants prosecuted in the Nicosia Criminal Court during three sequential linked trials alleging fraud, market-manipulation and forgery in a case of national importance in Cyprus arising out of the collapse of the Cyprus banking system in 2012-2013. Succeeded in each case resulting in acquittal of client.
2019 Advised UK law firm partner in relation to LPP and risks of prosecution and extradition in response to a request for assistance from a foreign law enforcement investigation into a worldwide fraud.
2018 Appeared for a Guernsey fund management business and its managing director who faced enforcement action brought by the Guernsey FSC for a catalogue of serious breaches of the Guernsey Protection of Investors Law.
2016-2017 Led the audit team of a major international financial institution in an internal investigation into a series of linked frauds of aprox. €300m.
2018 Advised an individual facing extradition to the Greek island of Naxos for manslaughter, resulting in charges being dropped at the local island court.
2017 Advised a Cyprus national on risks of extradition to UK on charges of attempted murder.
2016 Advised a Turkish company director on issues of mutual assistance and provided expert evidence for the Istanbul criminal court as to the interpretation of English criminal law and procedure, resulting in charges being dropped at the local court.
2016 Advised a Polish national on merits of an appeal to the UK Supreme Court of a refusal by the High Court to quash extradition to Poland under an EWA.
2020 Instructed for the prosecution in murder trial where deceased was beaten to death and stabbed multiple times.
2020 Appeared for the defence in one of the first murder trials in a Covid-compliant court. Five weeks trial.
2020 Appeared for the prosecution in relation to the stabbing by a 15 year old another 15 year old.
2019 Appeared for the prosecution in a murder trial where a workman at a building site was stabbed to death by his colleague.
2019 Appeared for the defence in a four defendant murder trial arising from turf-warfare between county-lines and local Oxford based drug dealers.
2019 Appeared for defence in a two defendant murder trial at the Old Bailey, where four young men on mopeds committed the murder of a rival gang-member using several machetes.
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