Call Date: 2012

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Prior to qualifying as a barrister, Ioana has worked for various solicitor firms with busy criminal practices taking a particular interest in fraud and drugs offences. She joined Farringdon Chambers after successfully completing her pupillage under the supervision of Martin McCarthy being further exposed to serious fraud, money laundering and drugs offences.


Areas of Practice:

Ioana is regularly instructed in a broad range of criminal matters including dishonesty, sexual offences, violence, drugs, public disorder and regulatory offences. Her upcoming instructions as a led junior and junior alone in the Crown Court include representing clients for drugs conspiracies, possession with intent to supply, assault occasioning bodily harm, money laundering and rape.

Ioana is diligent and particularly versed in disclosure issues. Whenever instructed, “her assistance and guidance has proved invaluable” and “keeps those instructing updated in real time”. These qualities have led to her instruction as a led junior from an early stage in her career. She has “a real eye for detail and a breath of knowledge.” Ioana is fearless in cross examination and a charismatic advocate throughout. Her ability to connect and engage with the jury has led to swift acquittals in serious cases.

Ioana often represents young defendants and individuals who find themselves in trouble for the first time. She is commended for her thorough research and for going the extra mile by tailoring her approach to meet the client’s needs. She is “able to bring to the case that mixture of empathy and objective professional advice,” giving her clients the confidence that she will do her utmost best in every case.

Ioana is often instructed in civil applications such as forfeiture and “gets incredible results in unwinnable cases.” She represents clients in confiscation proceedings and a vast range of driving offences. Ioana also represents requested persons in extradition proceedings both in the Magistrates Court and the High Court.

Notable cases:

Led junior:

- R v B (2018) – Worcester CC ­– Led junior in a multi handed class A drugs conspiracy.

- R v N (2017) – Wolverhampton CC – Led junior in a multi handed class A drugs conspiracy, possession of firearms and perverting the course of justice. Acting for the main Defendant. Lengthy submissions on the call data directly linked to the category of the offending.

- R v P (2016) - Stafford CC – Led junior in a multi handed drugs conspiracy. The case involved detailed examination of the call and cell site data.

Junior alone:

- R v S (2018) – Inner London CC – Instructed in this 20,000-page money laundering case. Extensive telephone contact and banking data. S has allegedly laundered money that originated from a large-scale fraud involving email scams. The defence is a complex one, as S is running a money transfer business in different countries.

- R v B (2017) – Southend CC – Allegation of four breaches of a prohibition imposed by fire brigade.

- R v M (2017) – Snaresbrook CC – Allegation of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon. It was alleged that M and his brother were seeking revenge against a group of youths that have bullied their family. One of M’s brothers entered a Guilty plea at an earlier stage to possession of a samurai sword. M, who was in proximity to his brothers, in possession of a snooker cue was acquitted after trial.

- R v B (2017) – St. Albans CC – 19-year-old entered a Guilty plea to possession with intent to supply cannabis and possession of an offensive weapon. The range suggested by the sentencing guidelines was custodial only. Judge was persuaded to impose a 12-month community order given the many mitigating factors to allow B to keep his job with London Underground.

- R v K (2017) ­– St. Albans CC – Acquittal of an 18-year-old charged with aggravated burglary and in alternative, burglary. L admitted having lied in the police interview and changed his oral evidence from his defence statement that was signed on the first day of the trial.

- R v O (2017) – Snaresbrook CC – Ioana represented O for going equipped for theft of letters from mailboxes. Case reached the Court of Appeal in relation to sentence. Reported.

- R v S (2017) – Snaresbrook CC – Possession of a false document with intent.

- R v L (2017) – Blackfriars CC – Witness intimidation resulting from a trial involving a domestic violence assault. L’ was acquitted on appeal of both counts of assault, followed by no evidence being offered to the witness intimidation charge.

- R v S (2017) - Isleworth CC - 17-year-old youth in an appeal against conviction in a three-handed robbery against a vulnerable victim. The trial involved extensive cross examination of police officers in relation to her client’s search that resulted in the finding of the victim’s necklace in S’s pocket. One officer found the item and another had witnessed it. The judge found that he cannot be sure that the necklace was found in S’s pocket because of the inconsistencies in the investigation.

- R v J (2016) - Caernarfon CC - Acquittal after 30 minutes for J charged with cultivation of cannabis (335 plants found at an apartment in Wrexham). J was found shirtless in a room that resembled a cannabis jungle. Reported in the local news:

- R v A (2016) - Canterbury CC - Illegal entry of a 16-year-old daughter of his friend.


- R v D (2017) – Northampton CC – Order agreed following successful representations. The final benefit figure was reduced by in excess of £10 million and the available amount was reduced by in excess of £5,000. Case involved examination of banking records, as well as handwritten records of the drug trafficking debt.


- R v C (2016) - Camberwell Green MC - Successfully persuaded the tribunal on the balance of probabilities that C is entitled to reclaim his £12,000 in cash from the police. C was a Romanian citizen and was suspected of being part of a criminal organised group that was involved in stealing cards from nightclubs.

Driving offences:

- R v K (2017) – Basildon MC – K pleaded Guilty to his second driving whilst disqualified, and had three previous convictions from drinking under the influence of alcohol. He was sentenced to a fine.

- R v C (2016) – Bexleyheath MC – Following successful interrogation of the witnesses and presentation of the evidence, the Bench found that there are special reasons not to impose any points in a driving without insurance case. Absolute discharge.

- R v D (2016) – Highbury Corner MC – D was charged with failure to provide a specimen. The Bench dismissed the charge at the conclusion of the Crown’s case after a successful application of no case to answer.


University College of London, LLM (2014-2019)

City Law School, Bar Practice Training Course (2012)

City University, LLB Degree (2:1) (2011)

Leysin American School Switzerland, Full IB (2008)



Gray’s Inn

Criminal Bar Association


Other information:

Ioana is fluent in Romanian and conversational in Spanish and German.

Ioana leads an active lifestyle and enjoys tennis. She likes to think that she is almost a professional skier, passion that was fueled during her years at a fairytale boarding school in the Swiss Alps. Ioana loves art and she enjoys a good exhibition, fashion and theatre.

Ioana is also a flexible postgraduate student at University College of London, expanding her legal horizons in the intellectual property and competition law field as she desires to expand her practice into white collar crime. Given the interesting developments in this field, she also studied Aspects of National Security Law giving her a particular insight into terrorism law and public interest immunity.


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