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About Shelby Keppel

Shelby has worked as a Paralegal and Criminal Defence Fee-Earner for over 5 years. She has had the honour of being trained by fantastic legal 500 lawyers and barristers, and represented a vast amount of clients at the police station for a variety of offences.

Shelby has experience in complex criminal cases such as murders and rape offences and has successfully defended clients rights at the police station assisting them in avoiding court proceedings. Shelby has also worked on, and successfully defended protest clients at the police station during her time as a fee earner at Hodge Jones and Allen.

Shelby qualified as a police station representative in May 2020, is a CILEX qualified paralegal and has recently graduated from her masters at BPP law school in fraud and financial crime. Shelby is passionate about fighting for her clients, protecting their rights and achieving the best possible outcome for them.

"Shelby Keppel was very helpful and professional. I would highly recommend Hodge Jones & Allen."

Shelby has been granted degree equivalence from the SRA, and plans to sit the SQE in order to qualify as a criminal defence solicitor advocate.

Client Comments

  • “I want to give a special thanks to Shelby Keppel for working so efficiently to get my family back together. She’s very professional who takes what she does seriously and communicated with us every step of the way. I hope we as a family don’t end up in a situation like this again but to know there’s representatives who care about people while also looking at the facts of the situation, it puts my mind at ease. Thank you again Shelby, much appreciated.”
  • “Recently I had the pleasure of using the services of Laura O’Brien and her paralegal Shelby Keppel at HJA for a criminal law case related to animal rights activity. Their communication was perfect, their attention to detail impressive and at no time did I feel anything other than confidence having them handle my case.
    …I would like to thank Laura O’Brien and Shelby Keppel for all their help, guidance and work during this rather unpleasant episode of my life. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others who find themselves in a similar predicament.”
  • “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.”

"Shelby accompanied my son who has special educational needs to the Police station for interview. She was absolutely incredible - made it clear she had his rights at the forefront and I could not recommend her or Hodge Jones & Allen more."

“I recently had Hodge Jones & Allen represent me during a criminal case, whereby I was blessed to have Shelby as the Paralegal dealing with the matter. From the moment she arrived at the police station, Shelby displayed earnest compassion whilst I was an emotional wreck. She showed a high level of professionalism, and was on the ball whilst getting everything in place to build a solid defence. Eliza, the receptionist at the firm is also very professional in what she does. She was a very friendly representative and always seemed to remember me when I called. Thank you for your hard work and support whilst working on my case, I honestly couldn’t have wished for a better outcome.”

“Shelby was helpful, informative and supportive during my case and we ended with a positive outcome.”

“Excellent firm, they dealt with my case efficiently and professionally. I would strongly recommend anyone to use them.”

“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 & Personal Interests


  • Police Station Consultant and Freelance Representative – 2023
  • Legal case Worker/Paralegal – Hodge Jones and Allen – 2022-2023
  • Senior Paralegal- SMQ Legal Services, Oxford – April 2019-April 2022


  • LLM Fraud and Financial Crime- BPP Law School- 2023
  • DipHE Criminology and Criminal Justice – Essex University – 2022
  • SRA, Degree Equivalence – 2022
  • CILEX Paralegal Apprenticeship- CILEX Law School – 2021
  • Police Station Accreditation- Cardiff University – 2020

Personal Interests

In her spare time, Shelby is an avid book reader and enjoys spending time with her younger siblings.

Further Reading Criminal Defence
Falsely Accused of Crime
General Crime
Financial Crime and Regulatory