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.
Led by Jane Bickerstaff QC in an allegation of ‘baby shaking’, set to involve the evidence of multiple medical expert witnesses.
Attempted murder to be tried at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), involving an insanity defence in relation to a familial attack with a breadknife.
Defending at Basildon Crown Court in a conspiracy to supply class a drugs where over 10 kilograms of cocaine was seized a result of police surveillance at various locations.
Defending in a conspiracy to supply class a drugs which was the subject of police surveillance at various locations.
Defending at Wood Green Court in a multi handed London drug dealing conspiracy.
Led by Sarah Jones QC in a domestic allegation of murder said to have involved a ‘loss of control’.
Led by Elizabeth Marsh QC defending in a multi-handed murder trial at Ipswich Crown Court, in this retaliation gang killing.
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Represented a 15 year old charged with attempted robbery, and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence. Sentenced on a guilty plea to a referral order.
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Historic sexual allegations
Defendant acquitted. Southampton Crown Court. Multi-complainant familial abuse alleged.
Central Criminal Court. Led. Multi-complainant familial abuse alleged.
Historical multi-rape allegation at Basildon Crown Court. Successfully defended family man against allegations by his daughter, in a case which involved anonymous letters pressing the complainant to come forward.
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Gang related crimes
Allegation of gang-related stabbing which resulted in pleas being accepted to lesser offences. Isleworth Crown Court.
Allegation of conspiracy to kidnap. Southampton Crown Court, and retrial at Winchester Crown Court.
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Vulnerable defendants or witnesses
Representing a youth alleged to have been involved with drugs and weapons against a background of modern slavery.
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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Other Activities and Interests
- Member of the pupillage training committee
- Lecturing on victims of trafficking
- Lecturing on mental health disposals
- Level 3 CPS General Panel
- Level 2 CPS Specialist Serious Crime Panel
Professional commentary and attribution
"She has a knack of knowing exactly how to tailor her approach and her manner to get the absolute best out of her lay clients. She is responsive in communications, tactically astute and utterly meticulous in her preparation, with the advocacy skills to boot." (Chambers UK, 2020)
"She was recently described as ‘remarkably fearless and knowledgeable’ by a new instructing solicitor." (Chambers UK, 2018)
"Diligent, tenacious and willing to take arguments that other counsel will overlook." (Legal 500, 2017)
PROFILE: Tessa Shroff
"A highly skilled advocate and fierce protector of her clients"
Legal 500, 2020
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
020 7489 2727
BPP Law School
University of Sussex
Criminal Bar Association
CPS Panel (Grade 3)
CPS Serious Crime Panel (Grade 2)