Shelley is a Higher Court Advocate and Criminal Defence Solicitor who joined the firm in January 2019, having previously worked for several large London firms. She is the Head of the Criminal department, supervising the team, bringing her expertise from over 10 years experience.
Shelley specialises in Serious Criminal Offences such as Murder/Assaults, Sexual Offences, Child Neglect and Frauds. She takes a particular interest in cases involving vulnerable clients; be it through mental illness, age, physical impairment or special educational needs.
Shelley is sought after to represent both private and publically funded clients at Police Stations, Magistrates Courts and Crown Courts. Shelley achieved Higher Rights of Audience in 2015 and often appears as a Crown Court Advocate. She has successfully defended many clients accused of sexual offences, high value/large scale frauds, conspiracies, drugs offences, GBH/ABH and firearms. Shelley leaves no stone unturned and has an excellent success rate.
Shelley regularly litigates on challenging and technically complex matters. She has a robust but sensitive approach which is welcomed by many clients. Some of Shelley’s notable cases include the following:
- R v T  (Multiple allegations of historic sexual offences which attracted national media coverage – UK legal precedent set.)
- R v C  (Multiple allegations of historic sexual offences against former Olympic Coach. Case covered by the national media.)
- R v A (Marital Rape allegation.)
- R v J (Stranger Rape of a Child.)
- R v S (Notorious Hampstead Heath Prowler – sexual assault.)
- R v H  (Allegations of causing or allowing cruelty to a child)
- R v M (Administering Noxious Substance to an Infant in Great Ormond Street Hospital.)
- R v S (Abuse of Elderly Patients in Hospital.)
- R v R  (Multiple allegations of armed robbery alongside 7 other co-defendants.)
- R v H  (Conspiracy to Burgle multiple properties including one belonging to footballer John Terry.)
- R v V (‘Crash for cash’ Fraud attracting national media coverage)
- R v S (Fraud – obtaining monies from women via online dating sites)