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Manager & Director of ShenSmith Law


Stephen Harvey QC

Manager & Director of ShenSmith Law

QC2006 Year of Call1979

1986: Associate Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

1978: LLB(Hons)(Lond)

Areas of practice:   

  • Criminal law – all areas.
  • Business crime – trading standards, food and safety, pollution, health and safety, fire safety.
  • Appeals in all criminal matters
  • Private prosecutions
  • Compliance and corporate governance – financial regulation, data protection, trademark and copyright breaches, bribery and anti-corruption.
  • Public law and regulatory
  • Planning enforcement
  • Inquests
  • Inquiries
  • Disciplinary tribunals
  • Military law and Courts Martial
  • Sports law
  • Direct access

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Manager & Director of ShenSmith Law


Dirk van Heck

Year of Call: 2001

Dirk van Heck  is a barrister who can carry out all the functions of a solicitor, too. Having trained as a barrister, he worked for a law firm for several years before returning to independent practice and has been taking instructions on a direct access basis for a number of years.

Whilst highly experienced in working directly with small businesses and members of the public, Dirk has also acted for blue-chip clients, including investment banks, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds. He has been involved in high-profile litigation, for example disputes stemming from the Madoff fraud, and some very high-value disputes, including some worth over US$ 1 billion.

Dirk likes to work on the basis of a full set of instructions: it’s important to getting the right advice, and to getting legal work done cost-effectively, to give a barrister all the information they need, as soon as possible after they’ve been instructed. Dirk is willing to work on the basis of fixed fees, as opposed to on a time spent basis, as long as it’s possible for him to give a fully informed and reasonably accurate time estimate for the work before starting it.

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Manager & Director of ShenSmith Law


Daniel ShenSmith

LLB (Hons) LLM Legal Practice (Barristers)

Year of Call: 2018


Memberships & Achievements

  • Member of The Honourable Society of Inner Temple
  • BPP University LLM Legal Practice (Barristers), Distinction
  • The Open University, First-class Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • International Tae Kwon-Do Federation, Korea HQ, 5th Degree Master Black Belt Certification


Areas of Law

  • Civil, Company & Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law

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David Mendes Da Costa


Year of Call: 1976

Areas of Law:

  • Family
  • Complex Financial
  • Child Arrangement Orders
  • Parental Alienation Matters
  • Divorce
  • Meditation
  • Complex Child Matters
  • Litigation Authorised
  • Jointly Owned Property Dispute
  • Finanial Remdy Issues

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Sunil Rupasinha, LL.B. (Hons)

Called to the Bar 1983

Accredited Mediator

Accredited Litigator


Sunil was based in London chambers for over 20 years during which time he practised as a criminal barrister both prosecuting and defending in cases ranging from common assault to murder.  He was appointed to the Attorney General’s list of Advocates early in his career and within 5 years had been promoted to the ‘A’ list of Advocates which ranking is reserved for the best barristers on the list who were routinely expected to deal with difficult and complex cases.  He retained this ranking throughout the life of the list.  Sunil has wide experience in Crown Court cases from fraud and smuggling to all sorts of public order cases.

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