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Tessa has developed a successful practice both defending and prosecuting – thanks to her meticulous approach, her dedication, and her ability to handle cases where clients require patience and sensitivity.
She is ranked as a leading junior in Chambers and Partners, and a leading individual in Legal 500.
Background and Expertise
Called in 2009, Tessa consistently holds her own in cases alongside opponents and co-defending counsel who are senior to her in both call and experience. She has recently completed vulnerable witness training.
Her caring but focused approach, and her reputation for representing vulnerable defendants, have seen her instructed in complex, specialist cases – and she is focusing her practice on serious, challenging cases where clients require patience and sensitivity.
She is often commended for her role in multi-handed, paper-heavy trials, thanks to her case preparation and her focused handling of the disclosure regime.
Tessa has been instructed in a number of cases investigated by the Trident Gang Command, and is sought out in cases which require attention to detail as well as frank, tactically astute advice.
She is heavily involved in training our current pupils in advocacy and practice development, and is a respected and valued member of the junior bar.
Historic sexual allegations
Defendant acquitted. Southampton Crown Court.
Central Criminal Court. Led.
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Snaresbrook Crown Court. Led.
Led at Amersham Crown Court.
Gang related crimes
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Vulnerable defendants or witnesses
Defended male accused of an unprovoked attack on his ex-partner, which was said to have been witnessed by her 10-year-old daughter. Acquitted despite graphic injury photographs at Basildon Crown Court.
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Defended male with learning difficulties who was accused of sharing indecent images of children. No evidence offered a week before trial.
Other Activities and Interests
- Member of the pupillage training committee
- Lecturing on victims of trafficking
- Lecturing on mental health disposals
Professional commentary and attribution
"She was recently described as ‘remarkably fearless and knowledgeable’ by a new instructing solicitor."
Chambers UK, 2018
PROFILE: Tessa Shroff
"Diligent, tenacious and willing to take arguments that other counsel will overlook."
Legal 500, 2017