Garden Court Chambers is delighted to welcome former pupils Shina Animashaun & Danielle Manson to the Garden Court Crime Team as new tenants.
Danielle has a wealth of experience across the general crime spectrum, having represented defendants charged with serious violence, the supply and production of drugs and firearms offences and has already undertaken work beyond her call. She is an advocate who can be relied upon completely and always delivers in an outstanding and detailed way.
Danielle represents defendants in all areas of criminal law and associated work. She has particular expertise in representing children and young people and is known for being extremely personable as well as technically and strategically astute.
Danielle has appeared in the High Court in extradition proceedings and has experience in appeals to the Court of Appeal and applications to the Criminal Case Review Commission ('CCRC').
Prior to commencing pupillage Danielle worked at JUSTICE as their criminal justice policy intern where her research contributed to their intervention in the Supreme Court case of R (on the application of Hallam) and R (on the application of Nealon) v Secretary of State for Justice  UKSC 2 in relation to the statutory provisions governing eligibility for compensation for miscarriages of justice.
Danielle has a strong interest in social mobility and has already made a number of media appearances promoting diversity within the legal profession. In June 2019, she appeared on BBC Radio 4 'Law in Action' advocating for more chambers to run diversity schemes in order to recruit the brightest and the best to the Bar.
Shina Animashaun continues to develop a practice across the spectrum of general and international crime. 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.
Shina represents individuals charged with a full range of criminal offences. He is well known and highly regarded for his approach with clients; he has experience beyond his years of call when working with both vulnerable adults and children. More recently, he has been specifically instructed to represent the interests of those who have been found unfit to plea in the Crown and Magistrates’ Court.
Shina has assisted in the preparation of a number of serious and complex criminal cases, these include but are not limited to: the prosecution of Barclays, the Stansted 15 Protesters, reviewing evidence concerning the liability of a cladding company for the Grenfell Tower fire and the prosecution of a former football coach for historic sexual abuse. In doing so he assisted both pre and during trials by drafting speeches, preparing bad character and abuse of process applications, sentencing notes, schedules of evidence and conducting research on law, procedure, and evidence.