Tim Sheppard - Employment
Tim is an employment and discrimination law specialist. He is instructed by a wide range of clients from multi-national companies, NHS Trusts, national charities and local authorities to the individual. He predominantly acts for Respondents but also works for Claimants. Tim has extensive experience in all forms of discrimination law and in the areas of unfair and wrongful dismissal and breach of contract. In the last few years he has been instructed in a number of high-profile whistleblowing claims. Tim represents clients in the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the EAT, the County Court and in ETs nationally. He is regularly instructed by public bodies in long-running, complex employment disputes. Tim undertakes Direct Professional Access and Pro Bono work and is also trained as a Mediator.
Tim is a regular public speaker at Chambers and other events and has appeared on Legal T.V. Tim has variously been described as “excellent in his cross-examination and in his summation of the issues in a case” (2015); “an exceptional advocate” who provides “the highest standard of service” (2013) and “understands the importance of our client relationships; he knows these aren’t one-off instructions” (2014) and “who gets along very well with the tribunal” (2011).
Cases of note include:
The Solicitors Regulation Authority v Mitchell (2014) UKEAT/0497/12/MC
Instructed by the SRA in an important decision on the reverse burden of proof in discrimination claims.
Mr J P Burke v (1) the College of Law (2) Solicitors’ Regulation Authority  EWCA Civ 37
Instructed by the SRA. The CA upheld the ET finding that a time requirement applied as part of the Legal Practice Course examinations, was a competency standard under s14A(5) of the DDA.
Elsie Gayle v Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 924;  IRLR 810
Instructed by Sandwell. CA dismissed appeal and upheld ET’s judgment that Gayle did not suffer a detriment in respect of trade union activities. The CA made important comments about bringing appeals against ET decisions generally.
Mrs S Aziz-Mir v Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Plc (2008) UKEATPA/0415/07/JOJ
Instructed by Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Plc. Successfully resisted appeal in a case in which guidance was provided on the correct approach to allegations of bias against the ET.
Padgett v Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery (2007) UKEAT 0097
Instructed by the Tate Gallery. Successfully resisted challenge to ET Judgment that Claimant was not entitled to bring a claim under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003.
Tim is a member of the Employment Law Bar Association and the Planning and Environmental Bar Association.
"He's a great communicator, a great cross examiner in tribunal and excellent value for money."
"He's a great advocate, very measured, not overly dramatic but appropriately assertive."
Chambers UK 2016
‘Excellent value for money.’ Legal 500 2015
"He has a very good manner with clients and is thorough in his preparation of cases. He is excellent in his cross-examination and in his summation of the issues in a case."
"He doesn't see problems, he sees solutions. He knows the law and is a really good advocate."
Chambers UK 2015
'Excellent on his feet.’
Legal 500 2014
"He understands the importance of our client relationships; he knows these aren't one-off instructions. It's about recognising that the experience of being in tribunal and how the client feels is often more important than winning or losing."
Chambers UK 2014
"Impressive junior" Tim Sheppard is, according to one source, an "exceptional advocate" who can be relied upon to provide "the highest standard of service." Working predominantly on the respondent side, he is often instructed by public bodies.
Chambers UK 2013
"Tim Sheppard maintains a thriving practice both regionally and nationally, acting for both respondents and claimants on complex discrimination and unfair dismissal claims."
Chambers & Partners 2012
'Tim Sheppard is "a good trial lawyer who gets along very well with the tribunal."'
Chambers & Partners 2011