Details of practice

Ciju joined Chambers in October 2019 following successful completion of his pupillage. During pupillage, he gained experience in a wide range of cases covering all areas of Chambers’ expertise, including crime, extradition and MLA, judicial review, police discipline, public inquiries, inquests, licensing, and regulatory law.

Crime and extradition

Ciju appears regularly in the Magistrates’ Courts and Youth Courts, both for the prosecution and the defence. He has also acted in the Crown Court for the defence and the probation services.

Ciju has a particular interest in white collar crime and POCA cases. He has acted successfully in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court in POCA applications and appeals. During pupillage, he assisted with the defence case in the SFO’s prosecution of four Barclays executives, and before coming to the Bar he worked as a paralegal acting for a high-profile company in a multi-national investigation into corruption in the Middle East.

Over the course of pupillage, Ciju also assisted with a number of extradition matters, including the case of Julian Assange.

Civil and quasi-criminal matters

Ciju is regularly instructed by the Metropolitan Police on applications for closure orders, sexual risk orders, and sexual harm prevention orders. He has dealt with gang injunctions in the County Courts and with related contempt proceedings. In addition, Transport for London has instructed Ciju on several licensing matters.

Public law

During pupillage, Ciju gained extensive experience in public law and human rights cases. In particular, he assisted with the case of El-Gizouli, concerning the provision of evidence to the USA that was likely to lead to the imposition of the death penalty on members of Isis. He also worked on issues arising from the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Education/professional qualifications

BPTC (BPP University) – Outstanding (ranked third nationally at BPP and joint-first for Judicial Review)
LLM (Cambridge) – First Class (ranked first for Legislation)
BA in Law (Cambridge) – Double First Class (ranked third for Public Law and Contract Law) 

Scholarships and prizes

Second Place, Kalisher Trust Essay Prize 2018 on corporate criminal liability
Winner, UK Environmental Law Association Essay Prize 2017 on Brexit
Best Orator and Winning Team, ELSA Moot in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg 2016
Finalist, Cambridge Blackstone’s De Smith Moot 2014
Finalist, International Criminal Court Moot 2013
Winner, Cambridge Quadrant Moot 2012

Downing College Senior Harris Scholarship
BPP Scholarship
Lincoln’s Hardwicke Award

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
Young Fraud Lawyers Association
Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum
United Kingdom Environmental Law Association

Publications

Working in partnership: a new approach to economic crime (2018) Financier Worldwide
(co-authors: Alison Levitt QC and Gareth Minty)

New test for criminal dishonesty: all bets are off (2017) Practical Law
(co-authors: Jo Rickards et al)

Asserting and maintaining privilege in SFO investigations (2017) The Law Society
(co-author: Jo Rickards)

Science, Expertise and Due Deference [2014] King’s Student Law Review Vol.5(2)

The Human Rights Act 1998 s.2(1) Taken into Account [2013] UK Law Students’ Review Vol.1(2)

Other information

Before starting pupillage, Ciju worked as a litigation paralegal in Mishcon de Reya’s White Collar Crime & Investigations team. He assisted on many of the firm’s major cross-border cases concerning bribery, fraud, POCA proceedings, private prosecutions, extradition and regulatory issues.

Ciju has also worked as legal assistant for an environmental NGO and spent a month assisting a criminal defence barrister in India. He has interned at the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe, and the Public International Law & Policy Group where he worked on legal issues regarding the conflicts in Libya, Syria and Yemen.