Stokoe Partnership Solicitors has been ranked in The Legal 500 UK 2024 guide for ‘Crime: General’ and ‘Fraud: White Collar Crime (Advice to Individuals)’.

Please see below a list of the full rankings and commentary about the firm as published in The Legal 500 UK 2024 Guide:

Crime: General – ranked: Tier 1 and Top Tier Firm

‘Involved in most of the significant trials throughout the country’, 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, with the guide noting their ‘knowledge and expertise within the practice really is second to none’.

Maria Theodoulou is described as ‘a strategist who always sees the bigger picture’ and 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.

Bambos, Maria and Brian are Leading Individuals. Abigail Ashford, Amjid Jabbar and Richard Cannon are Recommended Lawyers.

Firm testimonials:

‘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.’

Fraud: White-Collar Crime (Advice to Individuals) – ranked: 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.

‘Tactician and strategist’ 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.

Bambos Tsiattalou, Amjid Jabbar, Brian Swan and Maria Theodoulou are Recommended Lawyers.
Firm testimonials:

‘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 who strengthens 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.’

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