Tessa Shroff


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.

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Notable cases

R v MK, Ongoing

Attempted murder at the Central Criminal Court, involving a defendant with mental health issues alleged to have attacked his mother with a bread knife.

R v AA & others, ongoing

Multi-handed murder trial at Ipswich Crown Court, involving what is alleged to be a retaliation gang attack involving various weapons.

R v SM, 2019

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.

R v A and others, 2016
Six-handed gang murder trial at Chelmsford Crown Court – during which an anonymity application for the Crown’s main witness was successfully opposed. This resulted in pleas to manslaughter being acceptable and no evidence being offered on the murder charge. Led by Abbas Lakha QC.

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Historic sexual allegations

R v J, 2016

Defendant acquitted. Southampton Crown Court. Multi-complainant familial abuse alleged.

R v W, 2015

Central Criminal Court. Led. Multi-complainant familial abuse alleged.

R v N, 2019

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

R v O and another

Allegation of gang-related stabbing which resulted in pleas being accepted to lesser offences. Isleworth Crown Court.

R v B and others

Allegation of conspiracy to kidnap. Southampton Crown Court, and retrial at Winchester Crown Court.

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Vulnerable defendants or witnesses

R v T, 2017
Defended male accused of kidnap and sexual assault at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Acquitted.
R v D

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

‘A very competent advocate.’ (Legal 500 - 2018)
"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)

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PROFILE: Tessa Shroff

"A highly skilled advocate and fierce protector of her clients"

Legal 500, 2020

Year called




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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences

Road Traffic

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Road traffic


020 7489 2727


BPP Law School

University of Sussex


Criminal Bar Association


CPS Panel (Grade 3)

CPS Serious Crime Panel (Grade 2)


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