Stokoe Partnership Solicitors > London, England > Firm Profile

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors
646-648 HIGH ROAD
E11 3AA

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors‘ ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ team act on the full spectrum of serious crimes including murder, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, and firearms offences. Lead partner Bambos Tsiattalou, described as ‘a force of nature‘, works on major crimes at the national and international level, and has additional expertise in proceeds of crime. Brian Swan’s practice extends from murder to large scale drug crime, while Maria Theodoulou covers high profile matters involving both individuals and organised crime groups. Richard Cannon joined the department in March 2021 from gunnercooke LLP, bringing extradition experience. Solicitor advocate Abigail Ashford is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Bambos Tsiattalou

Other key lawyers:

Brian Swan; Amjid Jabbar; Maria Theodoulou; Richard Cannon; Rubin Italia


‘Bambos Tsiattalou – the equivalent of a five-star General in criminal law. His abilities to analyse a case are unparalleled. Can summarise the most difficult of cases into a handful of points. Masterful tactician.’

‘Professional, competent and compassionate individuals.’

‘The partners in the firm are always 100% behind their clients, delivering a first class services.’

‘Bambos Tsiattalou is renowned for being a leader in this area, he is known to all as one of the best criminal lawyers in the country.’

‘Richard Cannon is a standout and frequently sought for his expertise.’

‘Maria Theodolou is excellent at helping high-profile clients navigate criminal proceedings that attract media attention.’

‘I would describe Stokoe Solicitors as a star firm. It regularly appears in the leading cases within the UK. They have a very strong private client base which is testament to the quality of their representation.’

‘Rubin Italia is a first class lawyer. Excellent client care, attention to detail, and plenty of strategic nous.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for defendants in numerous EncroChat cases, including the two leading cases in the UK.
  • Acting for a client under arrest following the UK’s biggest ever drug bust.

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

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors focuses on representing clients facing high-stakes criminal investigations and prosecutions, working on behalf of both professionals in a broad range of industries and those accused of participation in organised crime, with strong capabilities across interviews under caution, ongoing investigations, and full criminal trials. The team is led by Bambos Tsiattalou, who has a successful record in defending clients facing lengthy prison sentences, and offers broad expertise across the full range of criminal fraud issues, representing clients facing charges of wire fraud, money laundering, bribery, and tax fraud, while Richard Cannon specialises in cross-border financial crime proceedings, particularly involving the US, regularly working with clients facing extradition.

Practice head(s):

Bambos Tsiattalou

Other key lawyers:


‘Extent of communication with clients. They exceeded expectations in keeping us informed on progress and strategy.’

‘Strength in depth with partners supported by excellent associates. A diverse staff all of whom provide first class advice across the full range of white collar crime and a particular strength in multi-jurisdictional matters.’

‘Brilliant forensic strength and ability to dissect the most complicated fraudulent schemes, allied to iron determination to win. A STELLAR firm in this area.’

‘Bambos Tsiattalou is a genius at this type of work: a class act’

‘Stokoe are fighters — among a field of firms that are negotiators and have multiple balances to maintain, Stokoe are strong in large part because they are single minded.’

‘Richard Cannon is a pleasure to watch — a strategic thinker, very good with clients, integrating multiple jurisdictions into an approach.’

‘Richard Cannon in particular is an extremely astute strategist. Stokoe Partnership has augmented their already strong team by bringing on such a fabulous partner.’

‘I have worked with Richard for over 20 years and have learned a great deal from him. He is personable without being arrogant, and builds trusts with clients. He also has that synthesis of work ethic, intelligence and street smarts that make the perfect lawyer.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for an alleged former member of a notorious hacking group on a federal indictment in the U.S. alleging conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, and related extradition proceedings.
  • Acting for a solicitor against charges of money laundering.
  • Acting for a defendant in a case about the sale and distribution of vast quantities of Class A and B drugs.

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.

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
Ernest Aduwa photo Ernest AduwaErnest is a Partner, qualifying as a solicitor in 2010 and specialising…
Richard Cannon photo Richard CannonRichard Cannon is a Partner at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors. He is an…
Geoffrey Goldkorn photo Geoffrey GoldkornGeoffrey is a civil litigation specialist with Higher Rights since 1994. He…
Amjid Jabbar photo Amjid JabbarAmjid Jabbar is a Partner at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors and currently heads…
Michael Sophocleous photo Michael SophocleousMichael joined as a Partner at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors Manchester Office in…
Brian Swan photo Brian SwanBrian Swan is a Partner at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors. Brian has a…
Maria  Theodoulou photo Maria TheodoulouMaria Theodoulou has been a Partner at Stokoe Partnership since 2004 having…
Bambos Tsiattalou photo Bambos TsiattalouBambos Tsiattalou is the Founding Partner and a highly respected and sought…
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 7