Shannon Woodley

Year of call:



2017 - Law LLB (Hons), University of Leeds, 1st Class

2019 - BPP Leeds, BPTC (LLM), Very Competent


2019 - Pupil at Park Square Barristers

2020 - Tenant at Park Square Barristers


Grade 2 prosecutor


2018 - Malcolm Wright Scholarship (Middle Temple)

2019 - BPP Criminal Litigation Award (highest grade)



Shannon has a wide range of experience in a range of matters in both private and public law proceedings from inception to disposal. She has represented parents, Local Authorities and children in complex matters including cases of non-accidental injury, and has conducted lengthy fact-finding hearings and final hearings involving the intricate cross-examination of various experts.

She has experience in complicated matters of jurisdiction, having provided both written advice and representation during the substantive hearings, resulting in an extensive working knowledge of the various statutory instruments and their interplay in a post-Brexit world.

Shannon is always meticulously prepared and professional, whilst priding herself on a friendly and client focused approach, recognising the difficult and often stressful nature of proceedings for parties. She is adept at dealing with sensitive matters, for example having conducted a lengthy final hearing involving a father who had transitioned into a female resulting in implacable hostility from the children, as well as clients with particular participation issues, having been instructed on matters through the Official Solicitor.

Her oral advocacy skills are parallel to her written skills, having produced written advices and taking a particular pride in all aspects of drafting, including threshold documents.

Shannon has a particular interest in Parental Alienation and issues surrounding implacable hostility, having conducted seminars on the topic. Her Masters degree surrounded procedure and the best way to actively manage cases involving Parental Alienation.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Shannon worked as a Family Billing Clerk and as a result is very knowledgeable in all aspects of the legal aid process in relation to FAS and VHCC matters.

Contact Shannon’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212