Alexander Shanks


Call 2022


Prior to commencing pupillage, Alex worked as a Paralegal at Shearman Bowen. Alex has experience in assisting with a wide range of criminal cases including murder, serious violence and sexual offences, large scale encrochat conspiracies, fraud and money laundering. Alex was often first port of call for clients, providing excellent client care and supporting the partners and solicitors with their caseloads. He has considerable experience in dealing with young and vulnerable defendants with a calm and empathetic manner.

Alex studied Law at the University of East Anglia as a Sports Scholar, during which he won the Advanced Mooting competition. Alex completed the BTC LLM at BPP Law School, achieving a distinction in both the BTC and LLM components. As part of his LLM, Alex completed his dissertation on ‘The controversial use of drill music as evidence in criminal trials’ and remains particularly interested in this area.

In his spare time, Alex is keen sportsman and enjoys playing Cricket and Golf.

Associations and Memberships

  • University of East Anglia – LLB Law (Hons)
  • BPP University Holborn- Barrister Training Course, Distinction and LLM, Distinction

  • CPS Advocate Panel 1

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

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