Ethu Crorie

Teams: Crime & Regulatory (General Crime, Asset Recovery & Money Laundering, Court Martial & Service Law, Trading Standards, Prison Law, Judicial Review), Administrative and Local Government (Human Rights)

Year Called: 2000

Inn: Middle Temple

Qualifications: LLB (Hons) LLM in Public International Law (London)

Memberships: London Court of International Arbitration, Young International Arbitrators Group, Western Circuit

Bar Council Registration

Ethu holds a Masters in Public International Law with a specialisation in International Criminal Law and Human Rights.

Criminal Experience

Ethu has considerable professional experience in both prosecuting and defending criminal law matters. The main focus of his criminal practice is regulatory crime work where he has acted for multi-national companies as well as local authorities. This predominantly involves trading standards but also includes planning enforcement cases in both the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court.

He regularly prosecutes for a wide range of local authorities. He has also acted for national and international organisations in criminal law matters. His instructions have taken him throughout the country. He is currently instructed in more than one multi-Defendant conspiracy to defraud investigation.

Ethu has developed a particular expertise in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and associated issues. He is very experienced in such cases and has lectured, on behalf of the National Police Improvement Agency, on asset recovery, money laundering, confiscation, cash seizure, detention and forfeiture issues. As a specialist in this field he is frequently called upon to deal with Proceeds of Crime Act matters in large criminal operations. This work covers areas such as terrorism, fraud, human trafficking, sex slavery, brothel keeping, mortgage fraud, drug production and supply, selling counterfeit goods, video piracy, tax evasion counterfeiting and rogue trading. Ethu is a key speaker at the POCA forum that chambers hosts on a regular basis.

Ethu’s work for the Department of Work & Pensions and local authorities also includes false passport and benefit fraud matters in both the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts.

He has also represented parties in many applications under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in relation to Sex Offender Prevention Orders, Notification Orders and Risk of Sexual Harm Orders. These have now been replaced by Sexual Harm Prevention Orders. In addition he has carried out a great number of closure order cases. In conjunction with his Crown Court defence work this means that Ethu has appeared on behalf of individuals across the criminal spectrum. Ethu also regularly presents at the Sexual Offences Forum that chambers regularly holds.

Ethu's work, as set out above, includes the following offences: murder, drug manufacture, possession and supply; kidnapping; wounding with intent; assault occasioning actual bodily harm; affray; harassment; burglaries and thefts; sexual offences including rape, buggery, necrophilia, sexual activity with a child and indecent assault; racially aggravated offences and dangerous driving.

Ethu is also frequently asked to deal with Administrative Court issues, whether it is by judicial review or by case stated, arising from issues of law arising from criminal law matters. This experience includes a number of cases dealing with issues such as definitions of intent, the definition of an ambulance and the parameters of non-domestic rates collection.

He has also acted in a number of Football Banning Order cases brought on application in Hampshire since shortly before the European Football Championships in 2004. He has also advised Hampshire County Council on Public Interest Immunity matters and previously drafted the Hampshire County Council Probation Service Procedures for complying with applications for disclosure.

In addition he has also defended a number of soldiers at Courts Martial. This includes hearings in the UK as well as abroad such as a week-long four-handed Court Martial at Osnabrook Court Martial Centre in Germany.

He also appears on a frequent basis to represent prisoners convicted of murder and serious sexual offences at Parole Board hearings across the country.

Civil Experience

Ethu, a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, came to the Bar after working extensively on academic works in the fields of International Trade, Arbitration and Franchising. He is also a member of the Young International Arbitrators' Group. He was the editorial manager for the Journal of World Trade, the International Journal of Franchising and Distribution Law, the International Encyclopaedia of Franchising, Corporate Rescue & Insolvency and the International Encyclopaedia of Agency and Distribution Agreements and still continues in his role as the editorial manager of Arbitration International.

His expertise has been reflected by the fact that he has recently been appointed to sit as an arbitrator by the LCIA in a number of multi-million pound international disputes.

Ethu has also edited academic law books for the World Trade Organisation, the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, the London Institute of International Banking, Finance and Development Law, the SMU Institute of International Banking and Finance, the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, the Chinese Law Group and the Centre for Comparative and Public Law.

He has acted in many civil cases covering issues including contract law, chancery, insolvency, personal injury, building arbitrations and trusts law. He has considerable experience of trials and bankruptcy petitions. He has also presented at previous seminars, held by chambers, on personal insolvency issues. His work is, approximately, equally shared between claimants and defendants.

Ethu has also represented a number of authorities, companies and individuals at inquests.

He has both experience and an interest in public law and is frequently instructed in judicial review proceedings.

Reported Cases:

A v Southampton City Council [2014] EWCA Crim 1244
Discharge of Restraint Orders
Criminal Procedure

Vaughan v Valuation Tribunal [2013] EWHC 1885 (Admin), [2013] RVR 269
Council Tax Discounts and Principal Residence – A Review
Local Government

R v Beazley and Another [2013] EWCA Crim 567, [2013] 1 WLR 3331
Confiscation Orders and Abuse of Process
Crime & Regulatory

R (on the application of Barons Pub Company Ltd) v Staines Magistrates’ Court, [2013] EWHC 898 (Admin), [2013] Crim LR 758; [2013] ACD 92
Abuse of Process and Compliance with Prosecution Policy
Crime & Regulatory

Vaughan v South Oxfordshire District Council IPT/12/28/C 04/07/12
Investigatory Powers Tribunal Hearing on Surveillance
Local Government

R v Pegley (aka Gold) (2012) EWCA Crim 2583
Costs in Criminal Cases
Crime & Regulatory

Secerno Ltd, Sportsworld Ltd & XOU Solutions Ltd v Oxford Magistrates' Court and Vale of White Horse District Council (2011) EWHC 1009 (Admin)
Liability Orders and Non-Domestic Rates
Local Government

R v Lee (Gareth) [2010] EWCA Crim 268
Sentencing for Trade Mark Offences
Crime & Regulatory

Lord-Castle v DPP (2009) EWHC 84 (Admin)
Definition of an Ambulance
Crime & Regulatory

Southard v DPP (2006) EWHC 3449 (Admin)
Criminal Intent
Crime & Regulatory

R v DPP (2006) LTT 17/5/06
Criminal Intent
Crime & Regulatory

R v Rougerie (2006) EWCA Crim 2546
Sexual Offences Sentencing
Crime & Regulatory

Keondjian v Kay (2004) EWHC 2820 (CH)
Beneficial Trusts and Constructive Trusts
Equity & Trusts


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Ethu Crorie

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