Ciju Puthuppally

Call: 2017

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Ciju Puthuppally has a broad practice across Chambers’ main areas of expertise, including criminal law, extradition, public law, inquests and inquiries, regulatory matters, and licensing.


Legal Expertise

Crime overview

Ciju appears regularly in the Magistrates’ Courts, Youth Courts, and the Crown Court in relation to a wide range of offences. He has also appeared before the Military Court.

Ciju has a particular interest in white collar crime and POCA cases. During pupillage, he assisted with the defence case in the SFO’s prosecution of four Barclays executives in connection with their capital raisings during the 2007 financial crisis. 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.

Proceeds of crime overview

Ciju is regularly instructed by the Metropolitan Police in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court in POCA cash forfeiture and account forfeiture applications and appeals. He has also successfully represented the defence against both Account Freezing Orders and Account Forfeiture Orders. As junior counsel to Simon Farrell QC, he persuaded HMRC to set aside Account Freezing Orders in respect of over £3 million, and helped secure favourable court findings in relation to HMRC’s decision to pursue an ex parte application and its inadequate pre-application investigations.

Ciju is also acting as junior counsel on high-value High Court cash forfeiture and civil recovery cases concerning money exchange services, and on two multi-million pound confiscation appeals before the Court of Appeal.

Ciju has experience of dealing with complex points of law in confiscation matters. He has recently acted as junior to Simon Farrell QC in confiscation appeals to the Court of Appeal in relation to multi-million pound orders, one of which was quashed.

In addition, Ciju has particular experience dealing with the intersection between POCA proceedings and civil claims against banks. He is currently acting in a challenge to a bank’s suspension and closure of accounts in connection with Suspicious Activity Reports, and has also advised successfully on liaising with a bank to secure the release of suspended funds.

Ciju is co-author of the Lexis PSL practice note on restraint orders.

Notable Proceeds of crime cases

R v K (2021)

Junior to Simon Farrell QC. Helped secure the quashing by the Court of Appeal of a confiscation order for over £8 million, which was remitted for a re-hearing.

Commissioner of Police v A (2021)

Acted for the police in securing an Account Forfeiture Order for £90,000 in relation to a supposed door-to-door trader suspected of fraud.

HMRC v R (2020)

Led by Simon Farrell QC. Persuaded HMRC to withdraw Account Freezing Orders in respect of over £3 million and helped secure favourable court findings in relation to HMRC’s decision to pursue an ex parte application and its inadequate pre-application investigations.

Commissioner of Police v M (2020)

Acted for the police in obtaining an Account Freezing Order for over £350,000 in relation to a supposed lettings agency.

Civil & quasi-criminal matters overview

Ciju is regularly instructed by the Metropolitan Police on applications for the full range of Civil Preventative Orders, in particular closure orders, sexual risk orders, sexual harm prevention orders, and stalking protection orders.

Ciju has special experience dealing with gang injunctions involving sensitive evidence and ex parte applications in the County Court and Youth Court, and with related contempt of court proceedings (reported on in the press, e.g. here). He is regularly instructed on such proceedings from the pre-application stage.

Notable Civil & quasi-criminal matters cases

Commissioner of Police v J & O (2021, ongoing)

Acted for the Commissioner of Police in obtaining interim gang injunctions in respect of two members of a dangerous gang involved in knife crime and drug-dealing. The order prevented access to gang territories and made provision for the monitoring of gang-related activities on social media.

Commissioner of Police v N (2020)

Acted for the Commissioner of Police in obtaining, exceptionally, a Sexual Harm Prevention Order with an indefinite term against a man previously convicted of assault occasioning ABH and accused of possessing indecent images of children.

Public law, inquests and inquiries overview

Ciju accepts instructions across all areas of public law. He has advised on numerous issues relating to judicial review, the scope of regulators’ powers and human rights. He has also acted in an inquest concerning the response of emergency services to calls for assistance.

In addition, Ciju gained extensive experience of public law and human rights cases during the course of pupillage. Notable matters on which he assisted include:

  • El-Gizouli v SSHD (concerning the provision to the USA of evidence that was likely to lead to the imposition of the death penalty on members of Isis);
  • the question of a public inquiry into allegations of rendition and torture by the security services after 9/11;
  • the Undercover Policing Inquiry;
  • the Inquest arising from the 2017 London Bridge Terrorist Attack.

Prior to joining chambers, Ciju was ranked joint-first for Judicial Review during his bar course and third for Public Law at Cambridge University. He has also interned at the European Court of Human Rights where he drafted single-judge judgments.

Licensing and regulatory law overview

Ciju accepts instructions in licensing and regulatory matters. He acts for the Metropolitan Police in contested premises licence hearings, and is regularly instructed by Transport for London in licensing appeals. He has also assisted other members of Chambers on matters concerning alcohol licensing and nuisance.

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Criminal Bar Association

Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum

United Kingdom Environmental Law Association

UK Centre for Animal Law

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

LexisPSL Practice Notes on Restraint Orders (co-author: Nicholas Yeo)

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)

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.

I, Ciju Puthuppally, am a data controller and can be contacted at 3 Raymond Buildings, Gray’s Inn, London WC1R 5BH or by telephone on 020 7400 6400 or by email at My Data Protection Policy can be found below.

All personal data that I process is for the purposes of providing legal services, conducting conflict-checks, marketing, defending potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes, keeping anti-money laundering records, training other barristers and pupils and when providing work-shadowing opportunities, and/or exercising a right to a lien. The types of data I process vary upon the nature of the legal matter in relation to which I am engaged to advise, but can include names, contact details, biographic details and ‘special category personal data’ (such as details of racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, health, sex life and criminal convictions and proceedings).

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, the legal bases upon which I process personal data are (i) the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract, (ii) the processing is necessary to comply with legal obligations to which I am subject, or (iii) the processing is necessary for the legitimate interests set out above, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subjects which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child. When I rely on (iii) legitimate interests, my ‘Legitimate Interests Assessment’ can be found here. When I process data which has not be obtained directly from the data subject (e.g. personal data contained in evidential materials), it will have been supplied to me as part of my instructions in circumstances covered by legal professional privilege.

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, I may share the personal data with:

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  5. solicitors, barristers, pupils, mini pupils and other legal representatives;
  6. ombudsmen and regulatory authorities;
  7. current, past or prospective employers;
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  9. business associates, professional advisers and trade bodies.

I retain personal data for no longer than 7 years after the case has come to an end or as otherwise required by law.

I do not intend to transfer data to any country which is not either within the European Union, ‘white listed’ by the EU or otherwise permitted by EU law (e.g. to the USA under the provisions of the ‘Privacy Shield’).

Under the GDPR, data subjects whose personal data I process have the right to request from me access to, and rectification or erasure of, their personal data, the right to the restriction of processing concerning them, the right to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. Data subjects also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (

In cases where there is a contract between me and the data subject, the provision of personal data is a contractual requirement and the data subject is obliged to provide the personal data in order that I can supply legal services. A failure to provide such data may mean that I will not be able to provide the legal services.

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