Shannon Revel

Call: 2014

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Shannon’s busy practice focuses on the full spectrum of serious crime. This includes violence, firearms, county lines drugs conspiracies, rape, sexual assault, and fraud. She is an experienced trial advocate who is known for her rigorous case preparation and calm, assertive style.

Shannon is regularly instructed alone or as led junior for the prosecution or defence.  She is a level 3 advocate on the panels for general crime and specialist fraud and has recently appeared as junior counsel for the Crown in a number of cases involving serious violence, attempted murder, and high value frauds.

Shannon is a popular jury advocate, described by a Circuit Judge as an advocate who has conducted ‘very difficult trials with consummate skill, patience, integrity, eloquence and intelligence.’  She is often instructed in cases involving child witnesses, experts, and intermediaries.

Notable Cases

R v JW & CC Central Criminal Court 2020 (Led Junior)

Instructed as Junior Counsel for the Crown in a two-handed case of attempted murder. The two defendants are accused of planning an attack on the ex-partner of the second defendant, which was executed by the first defendant. The second defendant is said to have lured the victim to a specific location, where the first defendant set upon him with a baseball bat, causing life-threatening injuries.

 

R v EJ, DJ, ZU, MS & RU Southwark Crown Court 2020 (Led Junior)

 Junior Counsel for the Crown in the successful prosecution of five members of a Lithuanian OCG responsible for smuggling over 58 million cigarettes into the UK over a 7-month period, codenamed ‘Operation Appletree’. The total value of duty evaded was over £14.7 million. All defendants were either convicted following the five-week trial or entered pleas of guilty.

 

R v PK, JK, BP, LS, TT, PZ, DJ Kingston Crown Court 2019 (Led Junior)

Junior Counsel for the Crown in the prosecution of seven members of the Hell’s Angels and Red Devils motorcycle clubs based in Slough. The investigation, codenamed ‘Operation Creak’ concerned a planned attack on a rival motorcycle club in Surrey, which was demonstrated through evidence involving cell site (RF) data, DNA, blood spatter, co-location, ANPR, phone contact, social media and internet searches. The Hell’s Angels and Red Devils ‘prospect’ members travelled from Slough to Surrey armed with weapons, nitrile gloves and masks. Seven victims belonging to the rival motorcycle club were set upon by 13 masked men, stabbed multiple times and left with life threatening injuries. All defendants were convicted after an 8-week trial and each sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment. Both Counsel for the Crown and the investigation team received judicial commendation for their attention to detail and presentation of the case.

 

R v JH Isleworth Crown Court 2019 (Prosecution Counsel)

Successful prosecution of a male convicted after trial on two counts of s.18 GBH with intent, and one count of aggravated burglary. The defendant was one of four masked men who burst into a property in north London and stabbed a middle-aged female eight times and her partner twice, whilst demanding money from the occupants. The defendant was identified through DNA and cell site evidence, with further witness evidence called in rebuttal of a defence raised in evidence. The defendant was found to be dangerous and received an extended determinate sentence.

  

R v SM Kingston Crown Court 2019 (Prosecution Counsel)

Instructed for the Crown in a case concerning possession of an automatic firearm (Czech scorpion sub machine gun), silencer, and ammunition alongside permitting premises to be used for supplying Class A drugs. Police executed a drugs warrant at an address in Surrey. During the search, they located the firearm, silencer and ammunition behind the kickboards in the kitchen. The defendant entered a guilty plea on a basis and was sentenced.

 

R v EN Central Criminal Court 2019 (Defence Counsel)

Secured the unanimous acquittal of a 20-year-old young man on an indictment containing five counts of possession of firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life. Two shotguns were found loaded with live ammunition at a storage cupboard following the execution of a firearms warrant in Edmonton. The Crown’s case was based on fingerprint evidence from the cupboard and packaging around the firearms, alongside DNA from the muzzle of one of the shotguns. The defence was one of no possession and secondary transfer of DNA.

 

R v KH and WH Isleworth Crown Court 2018 (Defence Counsel for D1)

Defence Counsel for the first defendant mother accused of 9 counts of cruelty to a child under 16. Following careful cross-examination of the child witness, the first defendant was acquitted by the jury of all physical assault charges alleged.

Appointments

CPS Specialist Fraud Panel Level 3

CPS Panel General Crime Level 3

Middle Temple Anglo-Israel Scholarship Committee

Awards

CBA Bursary for Excellence in Advocacy 2015

BPP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Pro Bono Work 2014

Middle Temple Anglo-Israel Scholarship 2014

Middle Temple Christopher Benson Scholarship 2013

Academic

Accredited Mediator, ADR Group

BPTC, BPP London

LLB (Hons) European Comparative and International Law, Sheffield University

Transnational Law & Foreign Policy, Griffith University Australia

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