Called to the Bar in 1994
Practice Area: Crime
CPS Level 2
Shanda is an experienced criminal barrister. Shanda defends and prosecutes.
Shanda is also a member of the Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing Committee within chambers.
Shanda is an approachable, very experienced, senior junior who both defends and prosecutes. She is regularly instructed by the CPS in Central London, Sussex, Kent and Essex. Her defence work includes cases of serious sexual offending against adults and children, offences of violence, drug offences and public order matters such as violent disorder and affray. She also conducts trials in the Youth Court involving allegations of sexual assaults by young defendants on young complainants.
Thorough in her preparation and empathetic, Shanda has particular expertise in dealing with vulnerable defendants and witnesses. Her calm and understated method of cross examination is effective in eliciting the desired answers.
Recent cases of note
R v OS (2020) Defending in a trial involving two rapes, kidnapping, threats to kill and assault.
R v CB (2020) Led, defending, in a murder case involving youth defendants and victim. Mental health issues.
R v EM (2020) Defending a young defendant in a multi- handed robbery trial. Only defendant to be acquitted.
R v DC (2020) Defending a young defendant in a stabbing involving life threatening injuries.
R v LC (2019) Led, defending, in a murder trial representing the youngest of three young defendants involving a cut-throat defence.
R v RR (2019) Defending in a trial involving multiple counts of historic sexual abuse of a family member.
R v NV (2019) Defending in a rape trial.
R v OM (2019) Defending in a case of violent disorder.
R v LR (2019) Defending in the youth court a defendant accused of sexual assaults.
R v LD (2019) Defending in an application to re-open plea in an attempted murder.
R v JS (2018) Defending in a trial of arranging child sex offences. Media interest due to the involvement of a paedophile hunter group.
R v MM (2018) Defending in a trial involving multiple counts of arranging child sex offences.
R v CA-D (2018) Prosecuting two assaults occasioning grievous bodily harm and death by dangerous driving. Media interest due to unusual nature of the GBH. Victims previously unknown to the defendant stabbed in bed in the middle of the night.
R GL (2018) Defending in a trial and re-trial alleging rape and assault of a partner. Crown did not seek further re-trial after two hung juries.
R v BS (2018) Application to dismiss in three-handed conspiracy to steal high end vehicles.
Inns of Court School of Law 1994
BA (Hons) (Oxon) 1993
Criminal Bar Association
CPS Advocates Panel Grade 2