Shannon O’Connor


Called 2019

Inner Temple


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 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. 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.

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.

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.