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Ethu Crorie

Regulatory and Local Government

BSB Barristers’ Register

Ethu is a leading junior with considerable professional experience in both prosecuting and defending criminal law matters. The main focus of his criminal practice is fraud and general regulatory work where he has acted for multi-national companies as well as local authorities. He has been both junior and leading junior in both lengthy and significant cases. He is known for his analytical mind, logical approach, relaxed style, interpersonal skills, tenacity and attention to detail.

Ethu is, frequently, instructed at a very early stage in cases as he is happy to help prepare the shape of a case from the outset and assist with issues such as disclosure obligations.   

He regularly prosecutes for a wide range of local authorities. He has also acted for both national and international organisations in criminal law matters. His instructions have taken him throughout the country.

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, intellectual property, 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.

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.

Ethu’s work also covers many regulatory matters including licensing and food hygiene cases.

He has also represented parties in many applications for ancillary orders such as Serious Crime Prevention Orders, Gang Injunctions, Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Criminal Behaviour 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 has regularly presented at Chambers’ Sexual Offences Forum.

Ethu’s work, as set out above, includes the following offences: murder, conspiracy to defraud, fraudulent trading, drug manufacture, possession and supply; kidnapping; wounding with intent; assault occasioning actual bodily harm; affray; harassment; fraud, burglaries and thefts; CPUT matters; 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, since shortly before the European Football Championships in 2004, in a number of Football Banning Order cases brought on application. He has also advised Hampshire County Council on Public Interest Immunity matters and previously drafted 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 multi-handed Court Martials 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.


Ethu has been involved advising on the issuing and the drafting of Directions Notices under the various Health Protection Regulations made due to Coronavirus.

Ethu came to the Bar after working extensively on academic works in the fields of International Trade, Arbitration and Franchising. 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 previously 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.