Ethu Crorie

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 These have now been replaced by Sexual Harm Prevention Orders.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.


Ethu has developed considerable professional experience prosecuting and defending in a broad range of criminal litigation.

As a specialist in the 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.

Ethu’s work 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; sexual offences including rape, buggery, necrophilia, sexual activity with a child and indecent assault; racially aggravated offences and dangerous driving.

He has also acted in a number of Football Banning Order cases.

In addition he has 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 in Germany.

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


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.