Shina Animashaun

Year of Call: 2015

"Shina is very approachable and positive. He focuses on the key issues in a case and is an articulate and persuasive advocate."

Legal 500 2023 Bar Guide

Shina Animashaun continues to develop a practice across the spectrum of general and international crime.


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Shina has previously worked at the United Nations, and a variety of non-profit legal organisations including JUSTICE and Modernising Justice (formerly the Homicide Review Advisory Group). He now applies the skills he learned from these challenging and fulfilling roles in the preparation of his own cases.

Criminal Defence

Shina specialises in criminal defence including terrorism, financial crime and protest rights. Shina has appeared as a sole advocate and as a led junior in high-profile, serious and complex cases. His noteworthy experience includes representation in the following:

  • Being led in a four-month terrorism trial, Shina represented the interests of a vulnerable young person accused of being a member of a terrorist organisation.
  • Being instructed as junior counsel for the second defendant on the indictment charged with murder amongst four other defendants.
  • Successfully represented a defendant charged with possession of a loaded firearm found in marshes. The Defence case involved cross-examination of a dog handler and establishing the limitations of DNA and fingerprint evidence.
  • In a five-month trial, representing the second defendant of nine, who was the alleged right-hand man to the head of an organised crime group. The defendants were accused of being involved in a class A drugs conspiracy and laundering the money made from it. Shina cross-examined the financial analyst which led to their admission of flaws in various aspects of their analysis of the Defendant’s finances.
  • Shina has appeared as the sole advocate in cases involving GBH (knives, and guns), coercive and controlling behaviour, robbery, burglary and dangerous driving causing serious injury.
  • Representing vulnerable adults and children found to be unfit to plea.

Additionally, Shina is highly regarded and recognised for his conscientious and tactful approach, and his ability to engage sensitively with a diverse range of people, and those with complex support needs.

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Protest Rights

Shina has an academic background in the cross over between protests rights and criminal law. At university, he was awarded for achieving the highest marks of his cohort in his human rights law module. Shina now applies the knowledge learned academically in the preparation of his own cases.  His noteworthy experience includes representation in the following:

  • Successfully representing a number of protestors at the Old Bailey (as reported in the BBC, and the Independent). 
  • Acquittals for two of the Barclay Card Six, who were alleged to have caused Criminal Damage at Barclays Headquarters.
  • Representing Palestine Action protestors charged with conspiracy to commit criminal damage to the headquarters of an arms manufacturing company. The Defendants were protesting the company's role in the manufacture of armed drones.
  • In a multi-handed case where four fox hunt monitors were accused of aggravated trespass on a farm, Shina represented two of the Defendants. The Defence were able to establish the police bias within the investigation (bias in favour of the Farmers), and its impact on the Defendants' cases. All four Defendants were acquitted. 
  • Instructed as junior counsel for one of 30 Defendants charged with riot. This offence is rarely charged and has raised unusual and complex legal and practical issues.

Shina has defended protesters from a range of groups/causes, including but not limited to Extinction Rebellion, Black Lives Matter, Fox Hunt Monitors, and those involved in protesting the illegal felling for HS2.

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Shina is regularly instructed in complex and document-heavy criminal and regulatory cases, with a particular focus on financial services. Shina has experience working for individuals and regulators, in cases brought by the FCA, SFO, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Care Quality Commission. His noteworthy experience includes representation in the following:

  • In proceedings brought by the SFO against Barclays Bank, Shina assisted in preparing advice and research.
  • Shina assisted on both sides of cases brought by FCA, which were dual-track investigations (regulatory and criminal) against multi-national banks, and venture capital companies.
  • Tom Wainwright and Shina Animashaun secured acquittal in £20m cryptocurrency money laundering trial.
  • Shina has worked with Allen & Overy LLP on a dual-practising basis in order to advise a financial institution on an extremely complex and large-scale FCA investigation.
  • Advised a multinational information technology company on potential criminal exposure for alleged errors in its acquisition process.
  • Assisted in an internal investigation of the conduct of senior executives at a major manufacturing company to assess potential criminal and civil liability.
  • Extensive experience in sensitive and complex disclosure exercises involving large volumes of material. Shina is experienced in using Relativity, Axiom, and LexisNexis E-Discovery software. Shina can swiftly digest and understand complex and varied information, and separate the relevant from the irrelevant when forming judgments.

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Notable Cases & News

Art Not Evidence Launches Campaign to Stop Rap Lyrics Being Used as Evidence

Keir Monteith KC, of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team, is a member of Art Not Evidence. Keir is frequently instructed in trials and appeals where rap evidence is prejudicially used.

22 November 2023

Garden Court Chambers and Garden Court North remember Ian Macdonald QC

Garden Court Chambers and Garden Court North were honoured to host a memorial event for Ian Macdonald QC 1939-2019 at Middle Temple Hall on Tuesday 7 February 2023.

17 February 2023

Garden Court secures top tier rankings in the Legal 500 2023

Garden Court Chambers is proud to be recognised as a Top Tier set again in the Legal 500.

30 September 2022

Tom Wainwright and Shina Animashaun secure acquittal in £20m cryptocurrency money laundering trial

Tom and Shina of Garden Court Chambers were instructed by Anna Sidgwick of Stuart Miller Solicitors.

22 July 2022

Members of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team support escalating proposed CBA action to include days of action

17 June 2022

Stephanie Harrison QC, Chair and Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers, comments on the Nationality and Borders Bill receiving Royal Assent

29 April 2022

Garden Court Crime Team statement on no returns action

30 March 2022

Garden Court secures number one rankings in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2022

21 October 2021

Garden Court Chambers Crime Team shortlisted for Crime Set of the Year by Chambers Bar Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team has been shortlisted by the Chambers Bar Awards 2021 for Crime Set of the Year.

27 August 2021

Another XR Conviction Overturned

Shina Animashaun of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team successfully overturned XR conviction for client Neil Traynor. He was instructed by Adeela Khan of Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson.

12 August 2021

Extinction Rebellion Conviction Overturned at the Old Bailey

Shina Animashaun of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team successfully overturned XR conviction for client Amelia Halls. He was instructed by Adeela Khan.

6 August 2021

Shina Animashaun featured on Channel 4 News - How Britain’s legal system still fails to understand young black people

2 October 2020

Debunking prosecution myths: “Gang” stereotypes, joint enterprise & racist driven stop & searches

Blog post by Keir Monteith QC, Audrey Cherryl Mogan and Shina Animashaun, all members of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team.

28 September 2020

Drill music, gangs and prosecutions – challenging racist stereotypes in the criminal justice system

By Shina Animashaun and Russell Fraser of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team.

28 August 2020

'Justice in a Pandemic' - Shina Animashuan & Danielle Manson on Channel 4 News with The Secret Barrister

Shina Animashaun and Danielle Manson of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team featured on Channel 4 News alongside The Secret Barrister in the final part of a four-part Channel 4 feature on the criminal justice system, entitled 'Justice in a Pandemic'.

24 July 2020

Former pupils, Shina Animashaun & Danielle Manson have joined the Garden Court Crime Team as new tenants

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to welcome former pupils Shina Animashaun & Danielle Manson to the Garden Court Crime Team as new tenants.

3 April 2020

Garden Court Chambers welcomes Shina Animashaun and Danielle Manson to the Crime Team as third six pupils

We are delighted to announce that Shina Animashaun and Danielle Manson have joined the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team as third six pupils.

6 August 2019

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Prior to pupillage, Shina worked at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. There he assisted the UN Prosecutor Serge Brammertz on the trials of Jovica Stanišić, a former head of the Serbian State Security Service, and Ratko Mladić, a former Bosnian Serbian military leader. Shina drafted an application to admit the evidence of the former President Milan Babić to assist in the prosecution of crimes against humanity.

At the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Shina prepared interventions to the European Court of Human Rights and the Supreme Court. He also provided legal opinions to the Home Office on their proposals to deport foreign criminals.

While working at JUSTICE, Shina undertook research analysing the impact of proposals for online courts on digitally marginalised groups. The results of this were published in his 2018 report, 'Preventing Digital Exclusion from Online Justice'. 

Shina also previously worked as a legal researcher for Modernising Justice (formerly 'The Homicide Review Advisory Group). In this capacity, he assisted Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC in researching and producing an article on issues relating to the law on murder and the mandatory life sentence. 

Shina is a founding member of 'East London Arts and Music', an arts and music specialist free school for 16-19-year-olds in Bromley-by-Bow. This was a joint project in collaboration with Teach First and Will Kennard from the electronic music duo Chase and Status. In March 2013, they were successful in persuading the former Secretary of State for Education to approve and secure public funding for the school. 


JUSTICE, 'Preventing Digital Exclusion from Online Justice', 2018

Training and Seminars

  • Youth Justice Legal Centre - Youth Advocacy Training
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council - Case Presenting Training


  • Future Leader: Diversity and Inclusion, Chambers Bar Awards 2020
  • Sir Geoffrey Nice Foundation Scholarship, 2018
  • Sir Joseph Priestley Scholarship, 2016
  • The Honorable Society of the Inner Temple Exhibition Award, 2014
  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award, 2014
  • Sir Terry Matthews Scholarship, 2013
  • Award for the Outstanding Performance in Human Rights Law, 2013
  • Award for the Outstanding Performance in Land Law, 2013



  • First Class, LLB, University of Swansea
  • Very Competent, BPTC, City Law School

Professional Membership

  • Human Rights Lawyers Association



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