Sunyana Sharma#7451

Sunyana Sharma

Barrister, 3 Paper Buildings
Sunyana Sharma is a regulatory and professional disciplinary law specialist with significant expertise in maritime, fisheries, inquest and health and safety law. She has been appointed to the C list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates for The Health and Safety and Environmental Law Executive.

She regularly prosecutes, defends and advises in actions brought by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (‘MCA’). She has also defended a number of cases prosecuted by the Marine Management Organisation (‘MMO’). Her cases have included:

  • Collisions at sea
  • Health and safety breaches
  • Pollution offences
  • Illegal fishing
  • Registration and technical failures.

Her clients include: masters, fisherman, owners, charterers, operators, harbour authorities and the MCA. She represented the owners of a multinational fishing company in the largest illegal fishing matter of the Falkland Islands coast.
Contributed to


Fisheries Act 2020–snapshot
Fisheries Act 2020–snapshot
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides a snapshot of some of the key provisions in the Fisheries Act 2020 (FiA 2020). This includes details on objectives and planning of fisheries management including joint fisheries statements (JFS), fisheries management plans (FMP), quotas, duty to consult, effect of the plans and reviews of the statements and plans. It also provides details on the licensing of fishing activities focussing on obligations, offences, discard prevention charging schemes, access to British waters by foreign boats, penalties and the licensing authorities. In addition, the Practice Note provides details on further powers of the Secretary of State and devolved governments and financial assistance. There is also guidance on increased research and conservation and expansion of the Marine and Coastal Act 2009 and greater protection for seals. The Practice Note finally considers Brexit and the UK’s new international fisheries relationships, focussing on the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement and some additional Fisheries Agreements with Norway, the Faroes, Greenland, Iceland and Svalbard.

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2006


  • Financial Conduct Authority (secondment) (2019 - 2020)
  • National Grid PLC (secondment) (2017 - 2018)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (secondment) (2013 - 2014)


  • ARDL (Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers)
  • HSLA (Health and Safety Lawyers Association)
  • HRLA (Human Rights Lawyers Association)
  • Western Circuit


  • Coronial Law Short Course (2021)
  • BVC (Very Competent) (2006)
  • LLM (Merit) (2005)
  • LLB (2:1) (2004)


  • University of Bolton (2021)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (2004 - 2005)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (2001 - 2004)

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