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.

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.

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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.
R v M and others, 2015
Conspiracy to murder trial at Winchester Crown Court. Defending a single mother of good character who was the only defendant to be acquitted. Led by Jane Bickerstaff.
R v H and others, 2015
Trial for multi-million-pound conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, at Southwark Crown Court. Junior for the Crown in this complex and highly publicised drugs trial, which led to convictions and Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings with figures in excess of £4 million.

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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.

R v C, 2014

Snaresbrook Crown Court. Led. Multi-complainant familial abuse alleged.

R v W, 2014

Led at Amersham Crown Court in first trial which resulted in acquittals and hung jury, and in retrial. More than 10 complainants alleging abuse over a 30 year period.

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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.

R v E and others

Allegation of conspiracy to supply from Liverpool to Southampton. Southampton Crown Court.

R v B, 2017
Possession of firearms with intent to endanger life. Snaresbrook Crown Court.
R v S and others, 2016
Cross-county drug dealing gang trial at Southampton Crown Court.
R v H and others, 2016
Cross-county drug dealing gang conspiracy at St Albans Crown Court.
R v L and others, 2015
Acquitted of conspiracy to kidnap at the Central Criminal Court.
R v O and others, 2015
Drug dealing gang in east London at Snaresbrook 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.

R v P, 2016
Defended male who had stabbed a nurse while detained under the Mental Health Act. Plea to section 20 GBH accepted at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
R v M, 2015

Defended male with learning difficulties who was accused of sharing indecent images of children. No evidence offered a week before trial.

R v N, 2015

Defended a youth accused of drugs offences. Case eventually stayed as an abuse of process on the basis of argument that the defendant was a victim of trafficking.

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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 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 very competent advocate.’

Legal 500, 2018

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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