Regulatory and Local Government
The main focus of Ethu’s practice is regulatory work where he has acted for multi-national companies as well as local authorities.
This predominantly involves Trading Standards, where he has been instructed in a number of large high profile matters, but also includes Planning Enforcement cases.
Recently Ethu was instructed as a junior in a trial, involving twelve defendants, lasting several months at Southampton Crown Court.
His instructions have taken him throughout the country. He is currently instructed in more than one multi-defendant conspiracy to defraud investigation.
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 These have now been replaced by Sexual Harm Prevention Orders.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.
Ethu has also advised Local Authorities on Public Interest Immunity matters and previously drafted Probation Service Procedures for complying with applications for disclosure.
Ethu frequently receives instructions under 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 and he is a key speaker at the POCA forum that Chambers hosts on a regular basis.
Ethu is also frequently asked to deal with Administrative Court issues, whether it is by judicial review or by case stated, concerning 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.