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Manager & Director of ShenSmith Law


Stephen Harvey KC

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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