Shannon Revel

Call: 2014

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Legal 500 2021 (Rising stars) Ranked: Tier 1

– ‘Shannon is a formidable advocate who commands the respect of opposing advocates and judges, with her calm and unassuming demeanour. She takes pride in her thorough preparation of a case, which enables her to make complex legal submissions with apparent ease. Her dedication to her clients and ethos of leaving no stone unturned, set her apart from other advocates in the field. Whether she is prosecuting or defending Shannon gives her all to a case.

Shannon specialises in serious crime and is instructed in cases of murder, attempted murder and multimillion-pound frauds as led junior, including as junior to Queen’s Counsel.

Instructed alone Shannon regularly represents defendants in multi handed cases concerning serious gang violence, firearms, drugs conspiracies, kidnap/false imprisonment and high value frauds.

Shannon is a practical and measured advocate, with case strategy and trial planning at the forefront of case preparation. She is instructed to advise at the earliest stages of large and multifaceted investigations, readily identifying the need for expert views and further evidence.

Shannon is an effective and robust advocate in proceeds of crime and confiscation cases, with successful experience in arguing against the forfeiture of cash. She is appointed at level three on the Specialist Fraud Panel and has experience in missing trader, ponzi scheme and other complex frauds requiring forensic accountants and digital expertise.

Notable Cases

Murder & serious violence

R v AG Central Criminal Court 2021

Led Junior to Queen’s Counsel in a multi-handed allegation of gangland murder. Ongoing.

R v JW & CC Central Criminal Court 2020

Led Junior for the Crown in a two-handed case of attempted murder. Both defendants convicted of lesser offences after 7-week trial.

 R v ZH Wood Green Crown Court 2020

Defence counsel for the second defendant accused of gangland/drug related kidnapping, false imprisonment and violence offences. Acquitted following defence representations regarding unauthorised surveillance activity & arising disclosure inadequacies.

R v MP, SM, DS, KT & AP Isleworth Crown Court 2020 

Instructed as junior alone in a case involving a large violent disorder that took place on New Years’ Eve between two groups forming a disorder of 40+ patrons. The defendant group are said to have been ejected by the venue, whereupon they telephoned for others to attend the scene with weapons and attacked the group of security staff. One man was seriously injured in the melee and left with life threatening injuries. Case ongoing.

R v JH Isleworth Crown Court 2019 

Junior alone for the Crown in a case involving 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. Defendant convicted after trial.

R v PK, JK, BP, LS, TT, PZ & DJ Kingston Crown Court 2019 

Led Junior 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.

 

Firearms

R v YA Southwark Crown Court 2020

Counsel in a case involving possession of an imitation firearm with criminal intent and a series of bank robberies. The defendant was accused of entering various banks on King’s Road and producing an imitation firearm with a demand note, which were later on his person upon arrest with a list of further banks to be targeted.

R v EN Central Criminal Court 2019 

Secured the unanimous acquittal of a 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 LG Snaresbrook Crown Court 2019

Secured a suspended sentence for a young female charged with possession of a firearm. The defendant had been in possession of a sawn-off shotgun for 7 days following a drug dealer placing it into her possession under the understanding it was a package of drugs. She found out it was a firearm a few days before her arrest. The defendant was found in a state of intoxication with the firearm on the street. Following submissions made prior to the PTPH as to exceptional circumstances, the defendant was granted bail, pleaded guilty and the mandatory minimum 5-year sentence was not applied. The defendant received a suspended sentence following a written ruling on exceptional circumstances.

 

Fraud/ Money Laundering/Forfeiture of Cash

R v S & S Isleworth Crown Court 2021

Led Junior in two-handed case of fraud by false representation involving international property developments. Ongoing.

R v JD Isleworth Crown Court 2021

Junior alone in a case involving a number of frauds committed through the diversion of funds by an accountant over representing tax figures due to HMRC totalling over £500,000.

R v EJ, DJ, ZU, MS & RU Southwark Crown Court 2020 

Led Junior 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.

R v KV Woolwich Crown Court 2019

Represented the Defendant in confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Successfully argued on legal submissions to reduce the benefit figure from the Fraud by £450,000 and further on factual submissions using expert evidence to achieve settlement at under £100,000. The original benefit figure had been just under £800,000.

 

Other

R v KH and WH Isleworth Crown Court 2018 

Defence Counsel for the first defendant mother charged with 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

 

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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