Shannon O’Connor


Called 2019

Inner Temple

Member of the CPS Advocate Panel for General Crime (Midland and South Eastern Circuits) – Level 1

Registered to practise in the Youth Court

Member of JUSTICE

Education and Awards

Outstanding, Bar Professional Training Course, 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

Otto and Sadie Rix Scholarship, Horace Avory Scholarship and BPTC Exhibition Award, Inner Temple

Senior Advocacy Scholarship, The University of Law


Before coming to the Bar, 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 its 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.  She joined Cornwall Street as a tenant at the end of September 2020 following pupillage with us. 


Shannon prosecutes and defends. She has a particular interest in youth proceedings and has received advocacy training from the Youth Justice Legal Centre.
She goes above and beyond for her lay clients and instructing solicitors and has been praised by them for her knowledge and work ethic. She also received particular thanks for her sterling efforts in light of late disclosure when defending a client accused of multiple assaults against his former partner.
She will be undertaking a secondment with the Crown Prosecution Service from November 2020 to February 2021 but will be released in order to fulfil pre-existing professional commitments. This will be a valuable experience which will ultimately assist both her defence and prosecution practice.