Sheryl Nwosu is an astute lawyer and brilliant trial advocate who is routinely instructed as leading counsel, sole counsel, and led junior invariably in cases of complexity and seriousness; she has considerable experience in cases of homicide and serious violence, fraud offences, large scale drugs importation and conspiracy cases as well as serious sexual offences. She has extensive expertise in defending young people charged with the most serious offences.
Her down to earth approach outside of the court room in addition to fearless presentation in court proves popular with both her professional and lay clients and she is well known for considering and directing procedural and trial tactics for the point of early instruction.
Her strengths as an advocate lie not only in the measured but persuasive presentation of her cases in court, but also her meticulous scrutiny and application of the law and evidence often leading to well-timed successful legal arguments.
As a lawyer Sheryl is known to provide instructive and decisive advice on all legal matters to her professional clients; her wide interest in various other areas of law and developments within the law means she is often called upon for opinion or direction outside of matters relating to criminal law and practice. Her keen interest in practice and all areas of law means she has frequently undertaken research work for members of chambers instructed in recent Inquiries and / or Inquests. Expanding her practice in this direction she was also instructed in her own right from December 2022 to March 2023 as part of a team of external lawyers instructed by a top ranked London based law firm acting for one of the Core Participants to the Grenfell Public Inquiry to identify and distil legal issues potentially arising from evidence and submissions heard in Phase 2 of the Inquiry.
Sheryl’s legal acumen and ability to interpret and advise on law and legal concepts, means she is often called upon for opinion or legal direction in areas where the law (including criminal law) now intersects; her reading, and research in one such area has led to advice to businesses and individuals in the field of entertainment, and more recently on privacy and online conduct in this new digital age.
Sheryl is available for instruction in Direct Access work.
- Another area of Sheryl’s legal practice relates to contractual advisory work within the industries of music and visual entertainment – this includes advising on contracts and intellectual property exploitation and copyright issues and more recently social media use and the law.
- In an era where lawyers are now being called upon to provide a more personal service to clients, Sheryl finds herself providing holistic advice for those clients in these industry areas who do approach her, and, drawing upon her network of people in connected industries, she has fostered long standing relationships with a wide array of clients who benefit from her presence bringing consistency in their representation and affairs.
- Sheryl holds an LL.M Masters in the area of Entertainment Law sought whilst in practice at the Bar and following her own interests in the academic analysis of the business and commercial/legal/contractual issues which underpin the sports and entertainment industries and now which through her own contacts and networks she is frequently instructed to advise or provide direction on.
- She has also provided advice on privacy and data protection;
- As a Public Speaker Sheryl gives talks to both businesses and educational establishments on subjects ranging from law and legal compliance, effective communication skills, and female career progression.
- Sheryl provides mentoring for young people from her home area through schools and other youth programmes;
- "A passionate advocate who always goes the extra mile for her clients." Chambers UK 2024, Crime
- "She conveys the case theory effectively to the clients and tells the story well to the jury." Chambers UK 2024, Crime
- "She has real people skills and is very good at looking at problems in novel ways." Chambers UK 2024, Crime
- "Sheryl is passionate and committed. She thinks hard about her cases and is shrewd enough to vary her tactics as the circumstances demand. She also has the rare ability to ensure her audience is absorbed by her advocacy." Legal 500 2024, Crime
- "She knows the law and understands how to deal with young people with learning difficulties and those who are vulnerable to exploitation." Chambers UK 2022
- "As an advocate Sheryl’s submissions and legal arguments are always artfully drafted and delivered. Judges are persuaded to her legal submissions even if they have been initially been against her. Not just the persuasiveness of her oral advocacy but also her manner of delivery are impressive — detailed, but broken down and carefully analysed against the law and fact so that no points are left unanswered." Legal 500 2022, Crime
- "Fabulous, charismatic and certainly on the money when it comes to putting together legal arguments and cross-examinations." Chambers UK 2021
- "She is very engaging in court" Chambers UK 2021
- "Sheryl is very engaging and excellent at forging professional relationships with clients and other lawyers." Legal 500 2021
- "She is hard working and is quick to grasp the key points upon which to form a case strategy." Legal 500 2021
- "She has a great ability to think on her feet in court and adapt her advocacy style to the witness before her, making her an excellent cross-examiner." Legal 500 2020
- Middle Temple
- British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
- Women in Criminal Law
- Criminal Bar Association