Ini specialises in criminal prosecution and defence and in particular Ini has a strong practice in relation to cases involving fraud and financial crime.
Ini is often instructed as disclosure counsel in a number of large scale MTIC and Excise frauds on behalf of Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office (RCPO), which is now part of the CPS.
Ini also receives instructions in relation niche regulatory matters, often advising the client from the outset. Ini often appears on behalf of Local Authorities and has expertise in Trading Standards and Environmental Health Services.
Ini is a Pupilage Supervisor
Professional panel appointment
- General Dental Council (GDC) grade C (10 years' and above call) appointed advocate.
- Grade 3 CPS prosecutor.
- Appointed to Specialist Fraud panel.
- Appointed to Organised Crime panel.
- LBLA – Grade A for Crime.
- Trained advocacy Tutor (Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn)
Ini is qualified to practice at the New York Bar.
Prior to joining the Bar Ini undertook an internship with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and worked as a volunteer for the medical Foundation Caring for Victims of Torture.
Thomas More bursary (Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn)
Hardwicke Scholarship (Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn)
- Criminal Bar Association.
- Human Rights Lawyers Association.
- Fraud Lawyers Association.
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.
- Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.
Ini is regularly instructed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the CPS Fraud prosecution Group. She has experience of prosecuting a wide range of fraud offences including VAT fraud, benefit fraud and Excise fraud.
Ini prosecutes and defends, and has particular experience and expertise in cases of fraud. She has undertaken a wide range of work in this area and is frequently instructed to have conduct of a case from the outset (providing advice and drafting summons) and to follow it through to its conclusion.
She has prosecuted and defended in cases of serious assaults, robbery, kidnap, false imprisonment, rape, public order offences, benefit fraud, VAT fraud, facilitation of illegal entry, money laundering, drugs offences (importation and supply) and burglary.
Ini’s practice has resulted in a excellent level of experience in disclosure matters. She has been instructed as disclosure counsel in a number of large scale MTIC and Excise frauds on behalf of Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office (now part of the CPS).
Ini has a developing Professional Regulation and Disciplinary practice. She appears in cases before the General Dental Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council.
She accepts instructions to advise and to conduct hearings before fitness to practice and interim order committees. Ini has experience of applications for review, misconduct, probity and lack of competence issues.
Ini is able to draw on her experience in the fields of general crime and complex fraud. She has great experience dealing expert and lay witnesses, technical evidence and trial issues. Ini has a commendable ability assimilate and present complex arguments and evidence, meaning that she is perfectly placed in this area of practice.
Ini undertakes work on behalf of Local Authorities and has developed a strong practice in prosecutions brought by Trading Standards and Environmental Health Services.
Ini has been appointed to the General Dental Council panel (band B) and the London Boroughs Legal Alliance panel (band A).
Cases of Note
London Borough of Croydon v Gumble
Prosecution counsel in a Trading standards matter where a builder had breached the Unfair Trading and Consumer Standards Regulations and also committed fraud, His victims were typically elderly, females living alone. A lifetime CRASBO was imposed on the defendant, operative throughout the United Kingdom. This was a first such order to be secured by the London Borough of Croydon A confiscation order was also secured against the Defendant.
R v. Ahmed, Shearer & Azzopardi
Led junior in a case prosecuting a number of accountants and businessmen on charges of conspiracy to defraud the UK Revenue of over £6 million and money laundering. The prosecution case alleges the use of numerous companies in various jurisdictions including Gibraltar and Belize to effect the fraud and to launder the proceeds.
Rioni Limited v HMRC (First Tier Tax Tribunal)
Successful outcome in Appeal, led junior. Appeal by Rioni against a decision of HMRC to deny input tax of £23 million. Case involved basic MTIC fraud and contra-trading. Document heavy case - over 130 lever arch files of evidence, complex expert evidence regarding grey market, and links to criminal investigations.
R v Chowdhury and Jamal
Prosecution counsel in a case alleging multiple instances facilitation of illegal entry (sponsorship based on false documentation and false familial relationships). The Defendants were husband and wife and operated using multiple identities.
R v Turner and others (Crown Court)
Led Defence junior in a six handed conspiracy to burgle. R v Choo and others (Crown Court) Defence counsel in a multi-handed case alleging kidnap, false imprisonment and GBH.
Operation Tangelo II (Crown Court)
Member of the disclosure team devising strategy and reviewing material in relation to a multi-million pound Excise and VAT Fraud.
R v Makuwa (Liliane)  1 WLR 2755, (2006) Crim. L. R. 911, (2006) 2 Cr. App. R. 11 (Court of Appeal)
Led junior in an appeal against conviction to the Court of Appeal. The case concerned the interpretation and application of s 31 (1) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
R v Hannah King (Crown Court)
Prosecution of a NHS employee who defrauded the NHS by falsifying timesheets and invoices.
R v Ayshford and others (Crown Court)
Led junior for the defence in a four-handed trial for false imprisonment, rape and conspiracy to supply of Class A drugs.
R v Delphine Ighile (Crown Court)
Benefit fraud involving Income Support, Housing and Council Tax benefit overpayments in excess of £90,000.
R v Sandra Arroyave-Calle and Alberado Gomez Velasquez (Crown Court)
Prosecution on behalf of the London Borough of Croydon concerning benefit fraud, obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception and possession of false identity documents. The Defendants alleged to have used 9 different identities over a 4 year period.
R v Chowdhury (Crown Court)
Prosecution on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions and the London Borough of Newham concerning benefit fraud. The Defendant owned 14 properties and had interests in a lettings agency and restaurant which was not declared to the relevant authorities. Confiscation proceedings pursued in this matter which resulted in a confiscation order in the sum of £750,000.
R v Ullah and others (Crown Court)
Prosecution junior in a VAT fraud trial, instructed by Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office. Two of the four defendants were serving Customs Officers.
R v Hickman (Crown Court)
Prosecution junior in a trial for the sale and supply of counterfeit medicinal products and money laundering, instructed by the Medicine and Health Regulatory Authority.