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About Shyan MacTavish

Shyan joined Hodge Jones & Allen as a qualified solicitor in January 2023. She completed her training contact at a Central London law firm, where she gained extensive experience in criminal defence and extradition. She completed her Police Station Accreditation in 2022 and is currently undertaking her Magistrates’ Court Duty Qualification.

She regularly represents clients in the police station and at the Magistrates’ Court. She litigates both Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court cases. She is passionate about ensuring that clients are thoroughly supported and advocated for throughout their case with the police and in court.

Shyan has advised and represented clients in a variety of extradition matters both at the Magistrates’ Court and on appeal to the High Court. She has contested the extradition of clients to Part 1 countries (including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain) as well as Part 2 countries (including Albania, Australia, Canada and the United States of America). She has successfully prevented the extradition of clients on human rights, procedural and technical grounds.

"Shyan delivered a true professional legal service for my son throughout his ordeal."

Shyan studied Psychology in Canada and completed an undergraduate degree in this discipline before relocating to the UK to study law. This background has fostered a particular interest in representing individuals who have vulnerabilities, suffer from mental health conditions or have been subjected to exploitation.

Client Comments

  • “I’m very happy that I chose this law firm. Not only did they help me with my problems, but they were also there for me and my son when it was really tough mentally. They were with me all the time and supported me, guiding me in the right way to solve my problems. I can’t even describe how happy I’m that I was represented by Hodge Jones & Allen and they solved my problems. Thank you from the bottom of my heart once again.”
  • “Great support and professionalism from my solicitor. Highly recommend her service. Thank you again to Shyan.”
  • “The best team, professionals in their field. Shyan is an excellent lawyer, a professional, friendly. Thanks for everything 🙌🏻big recommend.”
  • “I am more than delighted to write a glowing recommendation and review for the exceptional solicitor “Shyan MacTavish” who worked diligently on our case. From the outset, their level of professionalism, expertise, and commitment to achieving a positive outcome was evident. Their communication skills were exemplary, keeping us informed at every step and patiently answering all our questions. Thanks to their exceptional efforts, we achieved a favorable outcome that exceeded our expectations. Our gratitude to the solicitor knows no bounds, and we would wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone seeking a competent, dedicated, and reliable legal representative.”
  • “Shyan delivered a true professional legal service for my son throughout his ordeal.”
  • “Very professional and very friendly.”
  • “As a family we had really excellent support. All the solicitors on the team communicated clearly about the options and very much had our son’s best interests at heart. They were compassionate, accessible and highly professional and it was easy to put our trust in the team. We feel very lucky to have had their professional and personal support through this period.”
  • “Great support and professionalism from my solicitor. Highly recommend her service. Thank you again to Shyan.”


Career & Education


  • Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen, 2023
  • Trainee Solicitor, National Legal Service, 2020 to 2022
  • Paralegal, National Legal Service, 2019 to 2020

Memberships & Appointments

  • Women in Criminal Law
  • DELF
  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association


  • Magistrates’ Court Qualification, ongoing
  • Police Station Accreditation, 2022
  • Legal Practice Course (Distinction), 2020 to 2022
  • Bachelor of Laws (2:1), 2017 to 2019
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1st Class Honours), 2011 to 201
Further Reading Criminal Defence