Lynne both prosecutes and defends a wide range of criminal offences. She has a special flair for dealing with serious sexual offences, many of which involve children. Lynne easily gains the confidence of, and quickly establishes a rapport with, her lay and professional clients, as well as witnesses. Lynne is also the head of our criminal law team in chambers.
Lynne has a great deal of experience with clients and witnesses and defendants who are young, vulnerable and who have mental health difficulties. Lynne is a robust advocate who will tirelessly fight her lay and professional client’s corner. She is meticulous in preparation and detail; a persuasive advocate who receives the respect of both lay and professional clients and the tribunal she appears before.
Lynne comes from a military and medical background, having served in the regular Army for 8 years. Her experience of Army life means that Lynne has a detailed understanding of military procedure and its impact on the Criminal Justice System. Clients can only gain from her knowledge of the court martial procedure as she sat as a member on the Court Martial Board and, in private practice, has regularly been instructed in court martial proceedings from the Summary Appeal Court to the Court Martial Appeal Court. It is therefore unsurprising that in the latest edition of Legal 500 she is noted for her court martial practice. Lynne is also a Level 3 prosecutor on the Rape list, qualifying her to accept instructions to prosecute the most serious of sexual offences.
Lynne accepts instructions under the Public Access Rules for those who do not wish to employ the services of a solicitor.
The prosecution and defence of cases involving:
R v (Paul Richard) Adams
Serious Sexual Offences
 EWCA Crim 1454 - Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
Application For Leave To Appeal Conviction & Application To Adduce Fresh Evidence
R v Jamie Mayers
Lynne Shirley successfully prosecuted the case of R v Jamie Mayers, a 21 year old male charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent. The jury unanimously returned a guilty verdict, after trial, on Friday the 15th of August 2014. The case involved a vicious attack upon a male who suffered a very serious injury as a result from which he may never recover. Mr Mayers was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. The following is a summary of the judgment delivered by Mr Recorder Bruce Houlder QC when passing sentence:
"This is a grave offence. The injury was inflicted deliberately and without excuse. It was wholly unprovoked. No remorse was shown during the trial. He repeatedly punched the complainant and stamped on his head which caused a crushing injury. The attack was carried out brutally and without mercy; he has made no admissions and shown no regret. By repeatedly stamping on the complainant's head, he was at risk of causing fatal injury; it was fortunate that he did not die."
RGN, RM, LL B (UEA), Dip in Prof Legal Studies
South Eastern Circuit
Criminal Bar Association
Articles by Lynne Shirley:
Domestic Violence: All Change
EA Law - East Anglian Chambers Listed in Legal 500