Details of practice

Eva is developing a broad practice across chambers’ main areas of expertise, with a particular focus on crime and quasi-criminal matters.

Crime

Eva regularly appears in the Crown Court and magistrates’ courts, for both defence and prosecution.

She represents individuals in respect of a wide range of offences, including those involving violence, dishonesty, firearms and offensive weapons, public disorder, drugs, sexual misconduct including indecent images, and financial crime (including confiscation). She has experience representing young defendants, and dealing with young and vulnerable witnesses. She has been junior counsel in long-running fraud trials, and in a murder appeal against conviction.

She prosecutes on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as a range of other agencies including local authorities, Transport for London, the Security Industry Authority, and the Probation Service.

Eva has experience dealing with criminal matters out of court, such as advising on written representations to prosecuting agencies and to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Eva is currently instructed as junior counsel in a case arising from a National Crime Agency investigation into the possible breach of EU sanctions applying to a Russian individual.

Extradition

Eva appears on behalf of requested persons in extradition cases both at first instance and on appeal in the High Court.

Regulatory and licensing

Eva has acted for the defence on allegations of breaches of fire safety regulations, as well as on charges of breaching street works regulations.

She has prosecuted, on behalf of the Security Industry Authority, offences of using unlicensed private security guards. She appears on behalf of Transport for London in licensing appeals in the magistrates’ courts and the Central Criminal Court.

Public inquiries

Eva has been instructed on an ad-hoc basis by the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Civil preventative orders

Eva appears on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service in applications for civil preventative orders such as sexual harm prevention orders, sexual risk orders, criminal behaviour orders (formerly ASBOs), and closure orders.  Accordingly she is also well placed to advise and represent defendants facing such applications.

Advisory and other work

Eva conducts reviews such as legal professional privilege reviews and disclosure reviews for HMRC and the Metropolitan Police Service.

She has experience representing the Metropolitan Police in applications to withhold disclosure of material on the basis of public interest immunity, as well as in opposing applications for costs incurred as a result of improper or unnecessary acts or omissions.

Eva provides written advice on matters within her areas of practice.

Education/professional qualifications

Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School (Outstanding)
MPhil (Cantab) Peterhouse, Cambridge – Criminology (highest mark in year)
MA (Cantab) Peterhouse, Cambridge – Law

Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn, 2013)
Manuel López-Rey Prize (Cambridge Institute of Criminology, 2012)

Publications

The post-Ched Evans debate on sexual history evidence Counsel Magazine, June 2018

Lexis®PSL Practice Note: End of criminal proceedings—an introduction to the possible means of disposal (www.lexisnexis.co.uk/products/lexispsl.html) 

Lexis®PSL Practice Note: Prosecution right to appeal—terminatory rulings (www.lexisnexis.co.uk/products/lexispsl.html)

Sexual History Evidence: Fair Game? Counsel Magazine, December 2016

Other information

Before starting pupillage, Eva worked at Norton Rose Fulbright as part of the team which successfully defended an individual on high profile charges of international bribery brought by the SFO. The prosecution offered no evidence in the seventh week of trial.

She was then sole paralegal to the Dispute Resolution Team of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, working on internal corruption investigations and financial crime cases, including the Libor and Forex probes.

During the BPTC, Eva was student advisor at the City University Pro Bono Advice Clinic, and a volunteer case worker for the London Innocence Project.

Her Criminology MPhil dissertation examines the principles of moral and criminal responsibility and their application to psychopaths.

Languages

Romanian (fluent)
German (fluent)
French (basic)