Shaun Esprit

Year of Call: 1996

Shaun Esprit is known for having an extremely meticulous approach and an engaging and highly persuasive court presence.

He specialises in general crime, corporate crime and regulatory work. He also undertakes work in selected specialised areas of civil law. Shaun both defends and prosecutes, including as a Leading Junior. He is a well-respected barrister, who has an ability to engage with people from all walks of life.

Shaun has appeared a number of times on TV as an expert criminal barrister, including offering detailed commentary and analysis on the Oscar Pistorius’ Trial. All media enquiries for interviews, case comments or analysis on legal news, should be addressed to Chambers’ senior clerk Daniel Bartlett.


Areas of expertise

Crime: including serious violent offences (including murder/manslaughter); sexual offences (rape, child abuse); drugs; regulatory work; fraud
Civil: personal injury; clinical negligence; 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.

Notable Cases

  • 2019

    Defending in large scale conspiracy to supply over 50kg of ketamine (£1.25 million street value).

  • 2019 R-v-MH

    Prosecuting manslaughter.

  • 2019 R-v-SR & Ors

    Successful appeal to the Court of Appeal for interested third party (wife) in multi-million pound confiscation proceedings.

  • 2018 R-v-AC & Ors

    Attempted murder.

  • 2018 R-v-CW

    defending historical sexual offences case: defendant acquitted of all 33 offences arsing from alleged incident in 1970s [Stafford Crown Court].

  • 2018 R-v-A & Ors

    Murder: Central Criminal Court, led by QC

  • 2017

    Successful appeal against conviction representing senior consultant physician re possession of indecent images of children (Court of Appeal).

  • 2017

    Successful appeal against conviction and subsequent acquittal representing defendant charged with causing death by careless driving.

  • 2017 R-v-NW & Anr

    Murder: Central Criminal Court, led by QC

  • 2017 R-v-UF

    Defending attempted murder (Blackfriars Crown Court).

  • 2017 R-v-RE

    Defending attempted murder with gangland background (Inner London).

  • 2016 R-v-HA

    Cardiff: prison riot; attempted murder/section 18 Cardiff Crown Court.

  • 2015 R-v-SC & Ors

    Lewes Crown Court: representing lead defendant in trial arising from large scale drug importation of Class A drugs in excess of £10,000,000

  • 2014

    Defending in prison violent disorder/attempted murder trial (Worcester Crown Court)

  • 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 10kg of high purity cocaine.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 2006 R-v-S & H

    Inner London Crown Court: defended firearms case (as led junior) arising from Operation Trident investigation into gun crime.

  • 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.

  • 2005

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

  • 2017 R-v-FN

    Defending owner of money exchange business in trial of multi million pound money laundering conspiracy Reading Crown Court.

  • 2011

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

  • 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.

  • 2004 R-v-G & Ors

    EWCA Crim 1368: led junior 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).

Publications and Lectures

“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)

“Criminal or Casualty: Marine A”: article in Counsel Magazine (2017)


BA (Hons) Oxford University

Common Professional Examination (City University)

Bar Vocational Course

CPS Panel General Crime (Grade 4) and Proceeds of Crime

Specialist Panel (Grade 4)


Fluent French

Fluent Spanish


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