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 serious fraud and serious 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, 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, breach of a prohibition issued by the fire brigade and money laundering.


Ioana is often praised for her abilities, she is tenacious and diligent and is 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 N (Jun 2017) – Wolverhampton Crown Court – Ioana was led by Baz Bhatia in a multi handed class A drugs conspiracy, possession of firearms and perverting the course of justice. This case involved examination of call data, but also lengthy submissions on the category of the offending and totality of the sentence.


- R v P (Nov 2016) - Stafford Crown Court – Led by Martin McCarthy in a multi handed drugs conspiracy (class A and class B). The case involved detailed examination of the call and cell site data.


Junior alone:

- R v S (2018) Inner London Crown Court – Ioana is instructed as a junior alone in this 20,000-page money laundering case that involves extensive telephone contact and banking data. S has allegedly laundered money that originated from a fraud involving email scams. The evidence includes an in-depth audit trail of money transfers and analysis of financial evidence. The defence is a complex one, as S is running a business of transferring and exchanging money between two different countries. In preparation of the defence statement, Ioana spent hours in conference with her client, going in detail through a large number of bank accounts, matching each transaction with the client’s explanation. There are also detailed handwritten records of S’s business. Detailed schedules had to be prepared in advance of the trial date and given the amount of evidence, the trial was moved on one occasion.

- R v M (2017) – Snaresbrook Crown Court – Ioana represented M for a violent disorder and offensive weapon. The Crown offered no evidence on the violent disorder on the first day of the trial but pursued the offensive weapon charge. The Crown alleged that the M and his brother were seeking revenge against a group of youths that have bullied his family. One of M’s brothers had pleaded at an earlier stage and he accepted that he was in possession of a samurai sword. M, who was in proximity to his brother, was acquitted after trial.

- R v B (2017) – St. Albans Crown Court – Ioana represented a 19-year-old who entered a Guilty plea to possession with intent to supply cannabis and possession of an offensive weapon. The sentencing range was custodial only. Ioana successfully persuaded the judge to impose a 12-month community order given the many mitigating factors, thus allowing B to keep his job with London Underground.


- R v K (2017) ­– St. Albans Crown Court – Ioana represented 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. L was acquitted in one hour.


- R v O (2017) – Snaresbrook Crown Court – Ioana represented O for going equipped for theft of letters from mailboxes. Case is currently in the Court of Appeal.

- R v S (2017) – Snaresbrook Crown Court – Ioana represented S for possession of a false document with intent. Following representation made and disclosure requests in the Defence statement, the Crown offered no evidence on the date of the trial.

- R v L (2017) – Blackfriars Crown Court – Ioana represented L, accused of witness intimidation resulting from a trial involving a domestic violence assault. L’s appeal was allowed of both counts of assault, resulting in Ioana persuading the Crown to offer no evidence in the witness intimidation indictment on the first day of trial.

- R v S (2017) - Isleworth Crown Court - Ioana represented a 17-year-old boy 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 Crown Court - 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:


- R v A (2016) - Canterbury Crown Court - Ioana represented A who facilitated illegal entry of a 16-year-old daughter of his friend.




- R v D (2017) – Northampton Crown Court – Ioana represented D at his final confiscation hearing. Further to successful representations made, the order was agreed. The final benefit figure was reduced by in excess of £10 million and the available amount was reduced by in excess of £5,000. In preparation of this case, Ioana had to analyse extensive banking records, as well as handwritten records of the drug trafficking debt.




- R v C (2016) - Camberwell Green Magistrates Court - 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 Magistrates Court – 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 Magistrates Court – 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. C received an absolute discharge.


- R v D (2016) – Highbury Corner Magistrates Court – 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.