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About Shelby Keppel

Shelby joined Hodge Jones & Allen in April 2022, working as a paralegal in the Protest team where she assists partners and other firm members in the preparation of protest legal matters. This includes attending court matters to assist in client care, case preparation and court clerking.

Shelby has been a qualified CILEX paralegal for 3 years, is a qualified police station representative and holds a diploma of higher education in criminology and criminal justice.

Prior to working at Hodge Jones & Allen, Shelby worked as a senior paralegal in an Oxford law firm where she ran various crown court matters including murders, rapes and serious drug offences.

Shelby has been granted degree equivalence from the SRA, and plans to sit the SQE in order to qualify as a criminal solicitor advocate. She has also been offered a place on the BPP Masters in Law.

"A group of us were assisted in a human rights matter by paralegal Shelby Keppel and solicitor Francesca Cociani. Shelby efficiently arranged legal aid for those of us entitled to it. Francesca represented us in the Magistrates Court where the Metropolitan Police were attempting to prosecute us under coronavirus regulations for being outside our homes to attend a protest on 28 November 2020. The CPS eventually dropped the matter due to 'lack of evidence'."

Client Comments

“Shelby and Fran have been massively helpful defending a group on a coach trip against a charge of breaching coronavirus requirements from the Metropolitan Police. Both have been courteous, helpful, and supportive in gaining a positive outcome for us all. We would not hesitate in contacting Hodge Jones & Allen again should the need arise, many thanks to all involved.”

“A group of us were assisted in a human rights matter by paralegal Shelby Keppel and solicitor Francesca Cociani. Shelby efficiently arranged legal aid for those of us entitled to it. Francesca represented us in the Magistrates Court where the Metropolitan Police were attempting to prosecute us under coronavirus regulations for being outside our homes to attend a protest on 28 November 2020. The CPS eventually dropped the matter due to ‘lack of evidence’.”

Career & Education

Career

  • Senior Paralegal- SMQ Legal Services, Oxford- April 2019-April 2022

Education

  • University of Essex, Diploma of higher education in criminology and criminal justice- June 2022
  • University of Cardiff, police station representative- March 2020
  • Chartered institute of legal executives, CILEX Paralegal- June 2021
  • SRA, degree equivalence- March 2022