Tessa Shroff

Introduction

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 to be tried in 2020 at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), involving an insanity defence in relation to a familial attack with a breadknife.

R v SD, ongoing

Led by Sarah Jones QC in a domestic allegation of murder said to have involved a ‘loss of control’.

R v GM, ongoing

Defending at Wood Green Court in a multi handed London drug dealing conspiracy.

R v OG, ongoing

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.

R v DS, ongoing

Defending in a conspiracy to supply class a drugs which was the subject of police surveillance at various locations.

R v AA & others, 2019

Led by Elizabeth Marsh QC defending in a multi-handed murder trial at Ipswich Crown Court, in this retaliation gang killing.

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.

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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 **, ongoing

Representing a youth alleged to have been involved with drugs and weapons against a background of modern slavery.

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

2009

Specialisms

Crime

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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

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

BPP Law School

University of Sussex

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association

Appointments

CPS Panel (Grade 3)

CPS Serious Crime Panel (Grade 2)

Recognition

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