Shona joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2019 after successfully completing pupillage at 2KBW and accepts instructions in areas of crime and civil law.
Being principally instructed in criminal matters, Shona is an experienced and measured Grade 2 Prosecutor and Defence advocate. She regularly acts on behalf of both the CPS and Defence clients across London, on the Western Circuit and in the Midlands in a variety of cases including serious violence; drug possession and supply, firearms, offensive weapons, sexual offences, driving offences, proceeds of crime matters and public order offences.
Furthermore, Shona has been instructed as a led junior, having recently acted in firearms matters, one concerning over 40 counts of manufacturing and possessing prohibited firearms as well as a human trafficking trial concerning the trafficking of a youth in connection with county lines drug supply operations.
Prior to joining Chambers, 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 in an Offender Management Unit within His Majesty’s Prison Estate.
Shona has a comprehensive practice undertaking a range of hearings including trials, sentencing hearings, appeals against conviction and pre-trial hearings, both prosecuting and defending. She is also adept at producing persuasive and convincing written argument.
- R v. N (Snaresbrook Crown Court)
As a led junior, prosecuted an individual for over 40 counts of manufacturing and possessing prohibited firearms, ammunition and other weapons.
- R v. J, M & F-C (Birmingham Crown Court)
As a led junior, prosecuted the defendants for their part in connection with a conspiracy to supply prohibited firearms within the UK.
- R v. M (Salisbury Crown Court)
Due to the defendant being vulnerable and found unfit to stand trial, the matter was conducted as a trial of fact. Following eyewitness and expert evidence, it was found that the Defendant did commit the act of dangerous driving.
- R v. B (Harrow Crown Court)
As a led junior, prosecuted an individual with regard to his involvement in trafficking a youth to be used within a county lines drug supply operation.
- R v. I (Isleworth Crown Court)
Prosecuted an individual for assaulting a paramedic whilst they attended the scene to assist a male with a severe head injury.
- R v. P (Central Criminal Court)
Following legal argument opposing the defendant’s application to stay proceedings as an abuse of process, prosecuted the appeal of the defendant accused of assaulting a TFL worker in the conduct of their duties.
- R v. A (Woolwich Crown Court)
After producing a defence case statement drawing attention to issues in the Prosecution case for a count of burglary, the Crown reviewed the matter and decided to offer no evidence.
- R v. B (Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court)
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.
- R v. H (Ipswich Crown Court)
Negotiated the discontinuance of count on indictment prior to arraignment on drug supply charges and, subsequently, persuasively mitigated securing a concurrent sentence to another charge for drug supply already being served so that release date remained the same.
Shona has acted in a variety of civil work including small claims RTAs, credit hire matters, MOJ stage 3 hearings and various applications.
- AM v TK (Wandsworth County Court)
Following legal argument regarding proper service, successfully 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.
- RTA v AP (Chelmsford County Court)
Acting for the Defendant, achieved the dismissal of a contract claim, regarding withdrawal fees claiming to be owed concerning the sale of a business, as an unfair contract under UCTA 1977.
- LLB Law and Spanish – First with Honours
- BPTC – Very Competent
- ADR Group – Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator
- The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
- Criminal Bar Association
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