Practice areas

Crime, Civil, Family

Year of call: 2015


Shona joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2019 after successfully completing pupillage and accepts instructions in areas of crime, civil and family law.

Prior to pupillage, Shona worked as a paralegal at an international law firm in the Maritime and International Trade team, mainly focussing on a high-value commodities fraud matter. She also worked in a boutique employment and partnership firm and Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

 

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Crime

Shona is a Grade 1 Prosecutor and regularly acts on behalf of the CPS in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court in London and on the Western Circuit. She also represents defendants and has experience undertaking a range of hearings including trials, sentencing hearings, appeals against conviction and pre-trial hearings, both prosecuting and defending.

Recent cases include:

R v P (Central Criminal Court) – Following legal argument opposing the defendant’s application to stay proceedings as an abuse of process, successfully prosecuted the appeal of the defendant accused of assaulting a TFL worker in the conduct of their duties.

R v B (Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court) – Successfully defended a vulnerable client charged with an offence contrary to s.4 of the Public Order Act 1986 whereby he was said to have threatened his neighbour whilst holding a large kitchen knife, following a series of neighbour disputes.

Civil

Shona has acted in a variety of civil work including small claims RTAs, credit hire matters, MOJ stage 3 hearings and various applications.

Recent cases include:

AM v TK (Wandsworth County Court) – Following legal argument regarding proper service, succcessfully opposed an application to set aside default judgement made by the defendant.

NL v AI (Chelmsford County Court) – Successfully argued impecuniosity on behalf of the claimant in this credit hire matter leading to the judge awarding the full sum claimed.

Family

In this area, Shona primarily undertakes applications for non-molestation orders.

Immigration

Shona has frequently represented the Home Office at the First Tier Immigration Tribunal for asylum and human rights appeal.

 

Education

  • LLB Law and Spanish – First with Honours
  • BPTC – Very Competent
  • ADR Group – Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator

Inn of Court

  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple