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Shannon’s busy criminal practice includes prosecution and defence work in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court. She has extensive experience in all matters of general crime and cash forfeiture. Shannon’s trial experience includes use of intermediaries, special measures, vulnerable and child witnesses. She is particularly perceptive to the needs of clients with mental health concerns and provides a friendly, professional approach to familiarising clients with the court room and trial process. Shannon is a grade 2 CPS Panel advocate and was instructed by Thames Valley Police as Disclosure Counsel in Operation Hornet, an investigation into corruption and fraud at HBOS.
Shannon is available for instruction in all PBS and Asylum appeals. She has a keen interest in human rights and transnational relations. She can give astute advice on updates to the immigration rules and offer robust representation in the appeal tribunals. Shannon maintains a progressive approach to immigration representation and can advise at the earliest stage on the merits of a prospective appeal.
Shannon has experience in advising clients in extradition matters from the stage of request through to repatriation and balance to serve following sentence abroad.
R v RC 
Defended a Franchisee of a Papa John’s outlet charged with criminal offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, EC Regulation 852/2004 and the Food Safety Act 1990. Shannon successfully argued that the first count was time barred for limitation. The Defendant was acquitted of the remaining counts following a successful submission of no case to answer.
R v VE 
Successfully contested an application to forfeit cash seized at Heathrow Airport. VE was travelling through Europe from Nigeria with $22,131 and €10,586 in undeclared cash. The application led to a full contested hearing, at which it was argued that VE was a legitimate businessman who had provided an adequate explanation as to the source and destination of the cash. The Judge ordered for the cash to be returned with interest.
R v DT 
Defence Counsel for a young man accused of ABH. Jury directed to acquit following a successful submission of no case to answer.
R v RS 
Successfully defended a man accused of assaulting a police officer with intent to resist arrest; jury acquittal after trial. RS suffered substantial injuries including broken ribs and a punctured lung. The defence advanced was that the officers had exaggerated and fabricated evidence to excuse their own brutality.
R v PDO & PDU 
Prosecution in a two handed 3-day fraud trial resulting in convictions. The complainant was an 85- year-old male on the autistic spectrum who had been conned out of £3,000 for unnecessary roofing work.
R v SK 
Prosecution Counsel in a case where a father was found guilty of strangling his 7-year-old son. The court heard evidence from the 7-year-old complainant, teachers and medical experts.
R v CD 
Prosecution Counsel in a theft trial with a vulnerable complainant who required an intermediary. Shannon conducted the Ground Rules Hearing and trial in accordance with the questioning rules set out in the suggested ground rules.
- Accredited Mediator, ADR Group
- Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent, BPP Law School LLB (Hons) European Comparative and International Law (2.1), The University of Sheffield
- Griffith University Australia, Year Abroad in Transnational Law & Foreign Policy Awards
- Criminal Bar Association Bursary for Excellence in Advocacy 2015
- Outstanding Contribution to Pro Bono Work, BPP 2014
- Anglo-Israel Scholarship, Middle Temple 2014
- Sir Christopher Benson Scholarship, Middle Temple 2013
- DEEWR Scholarship for Academic Excellence (Queensland Department for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations) 2012
- CPS Advocate Panel Grade 2
- Middle Temple Hall Committee (Elected Member 2016)
- Middle Temple Anglo-Israel Scholarship Committee
- Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association