Prior to Pupillage, Shekyena has years of professional discipline experience having worked at the Nursing and Midwifery council as a case manager, and the Health and Care Professions council as a case manager and advocate. Shekyena volunteered for pro bono project Streetlaw, delivering talks on legal issues at schools, prisons and other institutions.
During the practising element of her pupillage Shekyena both defends and prosecutes in the Magistrates, Youth and Crown courts. She deals with a broad range of offences such as violent offences including domestic violence, road traffic offences, public order offences, drug offences, and weapons offences. Shekyena has experience of dealing with young clients and also vulnerable clients / witnesses with mental health conditions. She has also completed training with the Youth Justice Legal Centre.
Shekyena’s bubbly personality and attentiveness allows her to build a rapport with lay clients and put them at ease, during what can be a difficult and stressful time.
R v Kirk - secured a suspended sentence for the defendant who pleaded guilty to five counts of assault of an emergency worker, threatening behaviour, criminal damage and failure to leave land being used for an illegal rave. Press coverage.
R v Fone - secured an acquittal for an Extinction Rebellion protestor who obstructed the highway by sitting in the way of traffic.
R v Ferdinand - secured an acquittal for one count of ABH and successfully made a submission of no case to answer on three counts of ABH for a defendant accused of strangulation during intercourse and other domestic incidents.
Nottingham Trent University, 1st Hons (2014)
BPP Law School, BPTC (LLM), Very Competent (Distinction) (2019)
Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Award (2018)
Inner Temple Exhibition Award (2018)
BPP bursary (2018)
Inner Temple bursary (2018)
Marshall Hall Trust Pupillage Award (2020)
Criminal Bar Association bursary prize (2021)