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Stokoe Partnership Solicitors
646-648 HIGH ROAD
E11 3AA

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors‘ criminal department is headed by founding partner Bambos Tsiattalou, who brings more than three decades of experience to the team. The practice regularly advises clients on criminal matters such as murder, drug trafficking, and firearms offences. ‘StrategistMaria Theodoulou is a key contact for EncroChat matters, while Brian Swan is experienced in assisting clients in the full range of serious criminal matters. Richard Cannon specialises in cross-border financial crime cases as well as extradition matters and is described by clients as ‘understated but brilliant‘. Solicitor advocate Abigail Ashford is also a recommended member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Bambos Tsiattalou

Other key lawyers:


The depth of the legal team’s experience. Collectively, the team have decades of experience working with highly complex cases and achieving excellent results.’

Brian Swan is understated but brilliant, with an understanding of POCA that is second to none. Amjid Jabbar is sharp and meticulous and constantly looking to give his clients the edge. Bambos Tsiattalou is an absolute workaholic, dedicated to achieving the very best for his clients. Maria Theodoulou – a strategist who always sees the bigger picture.’

The knowledge and expertise within the practice really is second to none. The strategic direction of the company is exemplary, and no stone is left unturned when representing clients.’

Maria provides 100 per cent commitment in identifying the best direction of defence – she has a wealth of experience and consults with the leading experts to ensure that decisions made are well-informed. I feel in very safe hands.’

The whole partnership treat you as family! They not only make you feel reassured you’re in good hands with their hospitality but with their huge level of knowledge and intelligence. They do not leave any stone unturned.’

Their experience is second to none. They know how to adapt to every scenario and situation. They understand life, people, and most importantly, the law. Extremely reassuring.’

The firm has a practice second to none, and has done for many, many years. They are involved in most of the significant trials throughout the country and spearhead the legal fight against the admissibility of Encro phones. They never cut corners, every case, regardless of how big or small it is, is prepared with impeccable care and attention.’

Nobody works harder than Bambos Tsiattalou. He is literally on it 24/7. That means he knows his cases better than anybody else and this knowledge means that he is prepared for every eventuality.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

Representing a range of lawyers and senior executives, the ‘professional, attentive, and hugely experienced’ practice at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors specialises in defending both criminal and civil claims, including bribery, fraud, and money laundering. The team demonstrates strong cross-border capabilities through regularly handling multi-jurisdictional investigations brought by UK and international enforcement agencies, showing a special niche in acting for individuals allegedly involved in organised crime. Richard Cannon leads the team, boasting expertise in financial crime matters, while Bambos Tsiattalou focuses on bribery and corruption cases. Other key figures include Amjid Jabbar, an expert on money laundering; Brian Swan, noted for his knowledge of tax fraud; and criminal defence lawyer Maria Theodoulou.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cannon


‘The partners have a very informed understanding of the working of legal proceedings. They are very skilled at understanding the emotions and thoughts of their clients whilst guiding those energies into a constructive defence. They understand all the moving pieces and are very proactive.’

‘They are experts in their fields and they don’t colour over anything.’

‘The legal team at The Stokoe Partnership are top drawer being very professional, attentive, hugely experienced with an extremely acute eye for detail. The KC’s and Barristers they work with are similarly top drawer and they work collaboratively and seamlessly with the Stokoe legal team.’

‘Bambos Tsiattalou – the beating heart of the firm, driven and focused Amjid Jabbar – expert in financial crime cases Richard Cannon – a great acquisition whos strengthen the team.’

‘Richard Cannon is excellent as both tactician and strategist, and working with challenging circumstances. He is constantly thinking about his clients and the best approach, evaluating both the most creative approach and keeping in mind the doctrine.’

Work highlights

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors is a leading criminal litigation law firm, specialising in representing corporations, public bodies and individuals in high-value, high-profile and complex criminal matters.

The firm: There are three offices, two in London and one in Manchester, and the firm acts in a wide range of serious crime cases, including commercial fraud and regulatory offences, involving multiple jurisdictions.

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors was established in 1994 by Bambos Tsiattalou, whose attention to detail, meticulous case preparation and high level of client care have become the standard and ethos of the firm as a whole. It is because of this approach that the firm secures large-scale cases, referred not only by previous as well as existing clients, but also by barristers and other professionals.

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors’ expertise consistently attracts high-profile criminal defence work prosecuted by bodies, such as HM Revenue & Customs, the Serious Fraud Office, the Crown Prosecution Service, National Crime Agency, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and various other regulatory bodies in relation to serious crime matters including fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraudulent trading, HMRC and VAT allegations, cybercrime and hacking, drug trafficking, armed robbery, murder and extradition.

Amongst the firm’s clients are top executives and other professionals, both domestic and international, including high-profile and high-net worth individuals as well as professional service firms and corporations. Due to its strong reputation with overseas lawyers and organisations, the firm can provide access to experts in foreign jurisdictions and also receives instructions from foreign lawyers on serious crime matters relating to English Law.

The firm also undertakes civil work and utilises its extensive experience and expertise to advise and represent clients effectively. This work includes civil claims brought by individuals and corporate entities for civil fraud, tax investigation by HMRC and company disputes.

Types of work undertaken
Bribery and corruption: the firm has unparalleled expertise in a wide range of corruption and bribery matters involving the UK and overseas jurisdictions and has extensive experience in representing clients under investigation for these offences, including high-profile cases such as British Aerospace and Mabey and Johnson.

Extradition: the firm has a long-established reputation in this area, including cases from the US, EU countries, UAE, Turkey, Ghana and Thailand.

Fraud and regulatory: the firm specialises in cases ranging from international frauds involving the United Nations and foreign government ministers to large-scale City frauds. It increasingly attracts a growing number of private instructions, both from its own clients and clients referred to the firm, including regulatory issues brought, for example, by Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, Serious Fraud Office, Health and Safety Executive and Security Industry Authority.

General crime: the firm has vast experience in criminal law, handling a wide range of cases from theft and drug trafficking to murder and terrorism. Its cases often involve serious and complex crimes that are widely reported by the media, such as the Hatton Garden burglary.

Insider dealing: the firm is well-versed in dealing with allegations relating to insider dealing and market abuse, including insider trading; manipulation of transactions and/or devices in the action of insider trading; dissemination of misleading information; and misleading behaviour. It deals with insider dealing cases that have proceeded via both civil and criminal jurisdictions and advises clients who are subject to search warrants or have their assets frozen as the result of restraint orders.

Money laundering: the firm deals with various money laundering investigations and prosecutions. The lawyers have extensive experience challenging restraint orders in such matters. It also represents individuals and businesses that have been subject to Suspicious Activity Reports.

Proceeds of crime: the firm assists clients in matters involving cash seizure, detention and forfeiture; civil forfeiture and civil recovery and confiscation orders, restraints and receivership, and revenue functions.? The firm regularly challenges ex-parte Restraint Orders.

Tax fraud: the firm’s fraud lawyers are experienced in representing clients facing a wide range of tax fraud allegations, and particularly those facing allegations of MTIC/VAT fraud.

Search warrants: the firm regularly acts and has significant success in challenging search warrants obtained by the police, or other investigatory bodies, in the High Court by way of Judicial Review proceedings.

Other areas of expertise include appeals, judicial reviews and road traffic offences.

Department Name Email Telephone
Founding partner Bambos Tsiattalou
Serious and white-collar crime Bambos Tsiattalou
Serious and white-collar crime Brian Swan
Serious and white-collar crime Maria Theodoulou
Commercial fraud and regulatory offences Amjid Jabbar
Commercial fraud and regulatory offences Bambos Tsiattalou
General crime Maria Theodoulou
Photo Name Position Profile
Ernest Aduwa photo Ernest Aduwa Ernest is a Partner at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors, having qualified as a…
Abigail Ashford photo Abigail Ashford Abigail is a Solicitor Advocate at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors, having practiced exclusively…
Richard Cannon photo Richard Cannon Richard Cannon is a Partner at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors. He is an…
Geoffrey Goldkorn photo Geoffrey Goldkorn Geoffrey is a civil litigation specialist with Higher Rights since 1994. He…
Amjid Jabbar photo Amjid Jabbar Amjid Jabbar is a Partner at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors and currently heads…
Michael Sophocleous photo Michael Sophocleous Michael joined as a Partner at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors Manchester Office in…
Brian Swan photo Brian Swan Brian Swan is a Consultant at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors. Brian has a…
Maria  Theodoulou photo Maria Theodoulou Maria Theodoulou has been a Partner at Stokoe Partnership since 2004 having…
Bambos Tsiattalou photo Bambos Tsiattalou Bambos Tsiattalou is the Founding Partner and a highly respected and sought…
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 7