Shannon O’Connor


Called 2019

Inner Temple

Member of the CPS Advocate Panel for General Crime – Level 1

Registered to practise in the Youth Court

Member of the Criminal Bar Association

Member of JUSTICE


Outstanding, Bar Professional Training Course, The University of Law, Birmingham

Distinction, LLM in Bar Practice, The University of Law, Birmingham

Distinction, Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University, London

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Physics), King’s College London

2.1, BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Physics), later conferred with MA (Dubl), Trinity College Dublin


Horace Avory Scholarship, Inner Temple

Exhibition Award, Inner Temple

Senior Advocacy Scholarship, University of Law

Otto and Sadie Rix Scholarship, Inner Temple


Prior to pupillage Shannon taught Physics to pupils aged 11-18 at City of London School, and later at St Dunstan’s College in South London.  As a teacher of a challenging subject which is often underappreciated by it’s students, she learnt the art of engaging one of the toughest audiences, a classroom of teenagers. She completed the GDL in 2018, studying part-time alongside teaching. A highlight of her time as a Law student was participating in the final of BPP University’s Mooting Society Competition, held in the impressive setting of Court 1 in the Supreme Court.

During her time at BPP, she was a case worker on their Criminal Appeals Project, where her team was tasked with making an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission on behalf of a client convicted of murder. She also provided written advice in the area of housing law under the supervision of a solicitor at BPP’s Legal Advice Clinic and at the First-Tier Residential Property Tribunal in London.   More recently, she has been an advisor on family cases involving domestic abuse as part of the University of Law’s Litigation Programme, and has provided assistance to barristers on the ELIPS (Employment Tribunal Litigant in Person Support) Scheme in Birmingham.

She enjoys running, and has completed several 10k races for charity. She is also a keen traveller with her favourite destinations including Barcelona, New York and CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, but she also makes the occasional trip back to her native Northern Ireland.

Shannon is completing her pupillage under the supervision and guidance of Jonathan Veasey-Pugh.


Shannon will be taking instructions from April 2020.