Shaun Esprit

Called in 1996

About Shaun Esprit

Year of Call 1996

Shaun Esprit has appeared a number of times on TV as an expert criminal barrister, most recently offering detailed commentary and analysis on the Oscar Pistorius’ Trial. By way of example, he may be viewed in the following recording, at 11 minutes and then again 1 hour and 24 minutes into the programme

All media enquiries for interviews, case comments or analysis on legal news, should be addressed to Chambers’ senior clerk Daniel Bartlett.

Shaun Esprit has a mixed practice of Criminal, Family and Civil work. He undertakes both defence and prosecution work. Shaun is known for having an extremely thorough approach and an engaging and persuasive court presence.

Areas of expertise

Crime: including serious violent offences (including murder/manslaughter); sexual offences (rape, child abuse); drugs; regulatory work; fraud

Shaun is on the specialist fraud and proceeds of crime panels for the Crown Prosecution Service.

Family: including care proceedings for parents and local authorities; private law proceedings; child abduction; financial remedies

Civil: personal injury; clinical negligence; employment; Court of Protection

Shaun also has a specialist expertise in relation to Proceeds of Crime and the interplay between confiscation proceedings and ancillary relief/financial remedies.


“For Richer, For Poorer”: article on the interplay between confiscation and matrimonial proceedings: The Proceeds of Crime Review (No.2 2008)

“A Fair Share”: article on property rights of cohabitees in context of confiscation/restraint proceedings: The Proceeds of Crime Review (No.4 2009)

“Abuse of Process in Confiscation Proceedings”: The Proceeds of Crime Review (2011)


BA (Hons) Oxon.
Common Professional Examination (City University)
Bar Vocational Course
CPS Panel General Crime (Grade 3) and Proceeds of Crime Specialist Panel (Grade 3)

Fluent French and Spanish.



Cases of note

2013 Represented Defendant in high-profile multi-handed racially aggravated public disorder case.

2012 R-v-S: represented Defendant at trial for importation of over 2kg of high purity cocaine

2011 Prosecuted as led junior a large scale money laundering conspiracy arising from the proceeds of an MTIC fraud.

2010 R-v-C, H & A: prosecution on behalf of RCPO re the importation of 90kg of heroin into UK

2010 R-v-G, M & Ors.: defended in relation to a conspiracy to commit burglaries and steal high performance motor vehicles for onward sale; value £450,000.

2010 Represented Appellant before the Employment Appeal Tribunal; setting aside of finding of dishonesty made against senior health care official in his claim for unfair dismissal.

2009 R-v-M & Ors.: prosecuted re-trial of Barclays Bank manager alleged to have stolen from employers as part of a conspiracy with participants in organised crime

2010 R-v-D: prosecution on behalf of RCPO re importation of 40kg of herbal cannabis.

2008 R-v-K: prosecuted on behalf of RCPO case involving just under £1,000,000 evaded duty on imported cigarettes

2007 Represented Father in care proceedings arising from his alleged involvement in an extensive paedophile ring

2006 Represented the Sandwell Borough Council in care proceedings arising from alleged anal rape of infant. (Led by Richard Anelay QC)

2006 R-v-S & H at Inner London Crown Court: defended firearms case (as led junior) arising from Operation Trident investigation into gun crime

2005 Represented Claimant in successful clinical negligence proceedings arising from obstetrician’s negligence; award of over £500,000 achieved

2004 R-v-G & Ors.[2004] EWCA Crim 1368: led by Andrew Mitchell QC defending banker allegedly engaged in largest “arrangement fee” fraud ($80,000,000) ever prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office. Leading authority on issue of accidentally disclosed PII material and its effect on fairness of criminal trial.

2003 Advised Messrs. McClean McNally, International Attorneys, Turks & Caicos in relation to the first copyright case brought in that jurisdiction (re application and extension of the Copyright Acts 1911 and 1956 and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1989 to the Turks and Caicos Islands).