Sunyana Sharma is a regulatory and inquest barrister who practices in professional disciplinary work, maritime and fishing law, health and safety law and all areas of regulatory compliance and consumer protection.
She has been appointed to the C list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates for The Health & Safety & Environmental Law Executive.
In August 2021, Sunyana was appointed an Assistant Coroner for Hampshire. To read more about Sunyana’s relevant expertise, please see her specialist inquests profile here.
Prior to joining Chambers, Sunyana worked for the Solicitor International Human Right’s Group (‘SIHRG’) with whom she organised the Zimbabwe Fundraising Event called 'Protecting Lawyers in Zimbabwe' in collaboration with the Bar Human Rights Committee. She also worked as part of a team in researching and drafting legal submissions on the rule of law and the importance of an impartial tribunal following the suspension of the Chief Justice of Pakistan in March 2007. In addition, she undertook an internship with the criminal justice department of 'JUSTICE', the all party law reform and human rights organisation. She assisted with the research on policy papers commissioned by JUSTICE, which included changes to the rape in the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and responses to the Home Office paper on 'New powers against organised and financial crime’.
Marlena Ocran  EWCA Crim 109;  1 Cr App R (S) 36
The Court considered whether exceptional circumstances exist justifying the court in not imposing the required minimum sentence for the possession of firearms.
Throughout her career at the Bar Sunyana has been instructed on a broad range of criminal work including murders, large cases involving conspiracy to supply drugs, sex offences including indecent images of a child and fraud as well as death by dangerous driving and causing death by an uninsured driver.
Parts of Sunyana’s criminal practice dovetail naturally with her expertise in regulatory proceedings for which she regularly appears in the Magistrates' and the Crown Court (see specialist profile). She has also represented a number of government agencies, undertaking work for Local Authorities, Revenue and Customs, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the National Probation Service.
Sunyana has also appeared in the Court of Appeal on a number of occasions and has also assisted in advising on Appeals to the Privy Council from the Court of Appeal in Jamaica.
Sunyana is regularly invited to speak to both the Bar and solicitors on criminal/regulatory matters and is happy to provide specialist training if required.
R v. SB (2017)
Represented a well known fashion designer for the keeping for sale and the displaying of a number of endangered species contrary to regulation 8(1) of The Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations 1997.
R v. x 
Defended a youth who was found to be unfit to plead for an offence of sexual assault. Following a successful s.78 PACE application to exclude the Defendant’s ROTI, the case was dropped.
EBC & DWP v. Louise Ellwood 
Successfully prosecuted on behalf of the EBC and DWP a number of offences pursuant to the Social Security Administration Act 1982 for fraudulent benefit claims made over a period of 6 years. The overpayment of benefits was assessed at being over £75,000.
R v. Shiraz Hussain 
Successfully represented the Crown for an offence contrary to article 137 and article 241(8) of the Air Navigation Order 2009 and section 60 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 which related to the Defendant shining a laser pen at a police helicopter.
R v. Lisa Heffernan 
Represented the Crown in a successful prosecution of assisting an offender under s.4(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1967 in a violent attack on a passer-by.
R v. MG 
Successfully represented a member of police staff for a number of breaches under the Data Protection Act 1998.
R v. MW & others 
Represented a football fan for violent offences at a Chelsea game. Avoided a football banning order.
R v. Santosh Gurung 
Instructed by the Defendant on a s.18 GBH for a double knifing in a night club.
R v. CR & RST 
Prosecuted on behalf of the Crown for the supply of Ecstasy at the Bestival music festival, in which one Defendant was found in possession of 120 tablets.
R v Watkins  EWCA Crim 2833
Successfully appealed the sentence of the Defendant from an imprisonment for public protection to an extended sentence in the Court of Appeal for possession of over 20,000 indecent images and the making of indecent images of a child.
R v James Vaughan and others 
Second junior to Christopher Parker QC (now HHJ C. Parker QC) for the Crown in a nine-handed conspiracy to supply drugs, manslaughter, s.18 GBH and arson with intent to endanger life.
R v Michael Kelly and others 
Junior for the Department of Work and Pensions in a nine-handed conspiracy to defraud the DWP and North Cornwall District Council.
R v Ocran  EWCA Crim 1209
Represented the Appellant in the Court of Appeal for an appeal against sentence on whether exceptional circumstances to disapply the mandatory minimum sentence of five years for the possession of firearms.
R v Passoni  EWCA Crim 1217
Appeared for the Appellant in an appeal against sentence in the Court of Appeal for burglary and assault occasioning actual bodily harm on an elderly victim.
“Sunyana has conducted numerous prosecutions for us as a regulator over several years. Sunyana is a diligent hard-working barrister who provides clear advice with absolute clarity on a consistent basis.
A barrister who always appears to be pro-active, on the front foot and seemingly always one step ahead of the game. Sunyana serves us as a client timely and measured response in all instructions and is keen to work with us the regulator at an early stage in all matters.
In the court room is where you see the real deal with Sunyana, strong and robust advocacy, fast thinking and good on her feet, clearly respected by the bench and peers alike and consistently builds strong working relationships with all parties in every case we have worked on together.
In all Sunyana is hugely knowledgeable, highly effective whilst still being a delightful person to work with.”
Head of UK Maritime Investigations Team, Maritime & Coastguard Agency
“I just wanted to say a big thank you for your hard work on our recent case. Considering you only received the papers at very late notice, your knowledge and understanding of the case was outstanding. I was so impressed by your meticulous preparation and would have no hesitation in instructing you again or recommending you to any of my colleagues. Thank you again”.
Partner, Law firm
"Hardworking, intelligent, very approachable and a pleasure to work with. She is always available to speak to and bounce ideas off and is very good both at advising clients and managing their expectations".
Senior Associate, Law firm
'She understands both sides of nursing and midwifery cases.'
Legal 500 2016/Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (including police law) – Leading juniors
- LLB Law (Hons), London School of Economics
- LLM Public International Law (Merit), London School of Economics
- Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School, London (2006, very competent).
- Jessup International Mooting Competition, (UK rounds) - Finalist, 2004 and Semi-Finalist, 2006
Professional qualifications & appointments
- Panel C list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates for The Health & Safety & Environmental Law Executive
- Steering Committee member of BarNone, Western Circuit
- ARDL (Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers)
- HSLA (Health and Safety Lawyers Association)
- HRLA (Human Rights Lawyers Association)
- Western Circuit
Sunyana Sharma is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.More Information