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Eleni has particular expertise in European lawVAT/Excise law, Public lawCommercial law and Human Rights law. She acts for individuals and commercial organisations as well as public authorities. Following appointments to the C and B Panel, Eleni is now on the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel.

Chambers and Partners 2020 commented: “Always exquisitely well prepared and very persuasive in the courtroom.” “She’s very clever and will fight the client’s corner as long as necessary.”

EU law

Ranked as a leading junior in EU and Competition law (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), Eleni was described as follows: “very hardworking and thorough” by Legal 500 (2014); “a clever, thorough and solid advocate” (2016); and said to have “very detailed and sound knowledge” (2015). She undertakes work covering all aspects of EU law ranging from competition law and issues of state aid to advising on EU law aspects of asset freezing cases and consumer credit. She is also a member of the editorial team of ‘The European Advocate’. Recent EU VAT work includes C-40/15 Aspiro, C-246/16 Enzo Di Maura and C-647/17 Skatteverket v Srf Konsulterna AB.

VAT, Excise and Commercial law

Chambers and Partners 2013 – 2019 rank Eleni as a leading junior in Indirect taxation. Chambers and Partners 2019 commented: “Very good, very learned and very on it.” Chambers and Partners 2017 commented: “She is very able, very personable and a very elegant draftswoman.” Chambers and Partners 2016 commented “Excellent.” “Takes the good points and makes them well”; Chambers and Partners 2015 commented: “She is very, very capable, easy to work with and bright. She has a reputation as a tenacious advocate.” Chambers and Partners 2014 commented “Very commercial and practical, her advice is always prompt and well thought out.” She was described as “very bright and really knows her stuff” by the Legal 500 (2007/8) in Commercial Litigation.

As well as general commercial work, Eleni undertakes a great deal of indirect taxation work. She has been instructed in numerous zero-rating cases (including Innocent FTT, Skinner Upper Tribunal, Nestle Upper Tribunal, Jigsaw Upper Tribunal), exemption cases (Westinsure Upper Tribunal, Aspiro CJEU) and cases relating to conflicts with EU law and limitation issues, as well as judicial reviews (TelefonicaMegantic, Livewire and Olympia Technologies). She also has extensive experience in principal/agency cases: Secret Hotels v HMRC in the Supreme Court, Hotels4U, Lowcost, Opodo, Alpha Accommodation and HotelConnect in the FTT. She has acted in a number of multi-million pound cases before the Court of Appeal including Iveco v HMRCAdecco v HMRCGMAC v HMRC, BT v HMRC, Metropolitan International Schools v HMRC and Zipvit v HMRC (pending before the Supreme Court).

Public law and Human Rights

Eleni undertakes a range of judicial review and human rights work.  She was involved in a number of cases brought by bus operators against the Department of Transport regarding concessionary fares involving EU and human rights as well as public law issues. She was named ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in The Times 15 March 2005 for her work on the Shabina Begum case led by Cherie Booth QC. Eleni has recently been instructed in the Sophocleous and Others v Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defence claim on behalf of claimants alleging assaults by UK government agents during the Cyprus Emergency.

Education and appointments

B.A. – Cambridge University, Class I
B.C.L. – Oxford University
L.L.M. in European and International Law – European University Institute, Florence
D.Phil. – Oxford University, doctorate on legal interpretation

Bar Vocational Course – Inns of Court School of Law. Call to bar: 1999
Inner Temple Major Scholarship, Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship and Ede and Ravenscroft Scholarship

Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel:
C Panel – 2003
B Panel – 2007
A Panel – 2011
Re-appointment to A Panel – 2016

Other

Eleni is co-author with Timothy Lyons QC on a chapter on supplies outside the EC for Paul Lasok QC’s ‘Value Added Tax, Commentary and Analysis’, Sweet & Maxwell.
While pursuing her doctorate on legal interpretation, she also taught law at Oxford University.
Eleni became a member of Matrix in April 2004.

She is fluent in Greek (bilingual) and has some Italian and French.

Eleni is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

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DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS
WHAT THEY SAY:

Ranked as a leading junior in EU and Competition law, Eleni was described as follows: “An intelligent junior who will resolutely pursue arguments in support of her client’s case.” (2018); “very hardworking and thorough” by Legal 500 (2014); “a clever, thorough and solid advocate” (2016); and said to have “very detailed and sound knowledge” (2015).

Chambers and Partners rank Eleni as a leading junior in Indirect taxation. Chambers and Partner 2020 commented: “Always exquisitely well prepared and very persuasive in the courtroom.” “She’s very clever and will fight the client’s corner as long as necessary.” Chambers and Partners 2019 commented: “Very good, very learned and very on it.” “An extremely good junior counsel. Very bright.” Chambers and Partners 2017 commented: “She is very able, very personable and a very elegant draftswoman.” Chambers and Partners 2016 commented “Excellent.” “Takes the good points and makes them well”. Chambers and Partners 2015 commented: “She is very, very capable, easy to work with and bright. She has a reputation as a tenacious advocate.” Chambers and Partners 2014 commented “Very commercial and practical, her advice is always prompt and well thought out.” She was described as “very bright and really knows her stuff” by the Legal 500 (2007/8).