Shaun Wallace

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This article is about the lawyer and TV personality. For the cyclist, see Shaun Wallace (cyclist). For the science fiction editor, see Sean Wallace.
Shaun Wallace
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Shaun Wallace at the National Television Awards in 2013
Born Shaun Anthony Linford Wallace
(1960-06-02) 2 June 1960 (age 54)[1]
London, England
Occupation Television personality,
Notable credit(s) The Chase (2009-)

Shaun Anthony Linford Wallace[2] (born 2 June 1960) is an English television personality and a barrister. He is best known as a "Chaser" on the ITV quiz show The Chase, where his nicknames are "The Dark Destroyer", "The Barrister" and "The Legal Eagle". Wallace is also a part-time lecturer and often visits schools, colleges and other institutions to educate students on the many aspects of law. In 2004, he won Mastermind. Wallace is ranked 286th in the World Quizzing Championships in 2012.

Wallace is of Jamaican heritage.

Television career[edit]

In 2004, Wallace became a champion of the long running BBC general knowledge quiz Mastermind, which also tests a contestant's aptitude on a subject of their choice. His specialist subject in the final was FA Cup Finals.

Wallace was a finalist on the first series of Are You an Egghead?, narrowly losing out to Barry Simmons.

Other shows that he has been a contestant on include Fifteen to One and The Weakest Link.[3]

Since 2009, Wallace has appeared as a "Chaser" on the UK television series The Chase, a daytime game show which airs on ITV. The other Chasers are Anne Hegerty, Paul Sinha and Mark Labbett. He also appears on the celebrity editions of The Chase.

Career in law[edit]

Wallace has worked as a barrister since 1986. It has been implied on several occasions that his work has covered some relatively high-profile cases, and he has confirmed that he has taken part in hearings held at both the Old Bailey as well as several Magistrates' Courts located in England and Wales and also in Scotland. He used to be a member of Farringdon Barristers Chambers, until February 2012 when it was announced that he joined Great James Street Chambers.[4]

Wallace is a senior criminal defence advocate. He has worked with Operation Trident cases, manslaughter, serious sexual offences, fraud, money laundering, firearms and drug trafficking. He has lectured in environmental law, health and safety and road transport law and regulations.

Wallace is also a member of the southeastern circuit of the Criminal Bar Association. Owing to his heritage, he has been a member of the Jamaican Bar since 1999.[3]


  • BA (Hons), Barrister. Inns of Court School of Law.
  • Alumnus, Polytechnic of North London.


In 2005, Wallace stood as an independent parliamentary candidate, campaigning to be elected MP for the Brent South constituency.[5]


  1. ^ "The Chase". 2 April 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Election results for Brent South". Brent Council. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
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  4. ^ "» Shaun Wallace joins chambers Great James Street". Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  5. ^ London Metropolitan University. "News - London Metropolitan University". Retrieved 2013-06-12. 

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