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Tim Sheppard

Call: 1995

"Tim is an intellectual and has a sharp mind with an approachable manner. He is quick in turning around work. He is an excellent cross-examiner and very thorough."

Chambers UK 2023

"Personable with clients and doesn’t blind them with the law – speedy responses and an excellent advocate in hearing, virtually and in person."

Legal 500 2023

"Tim is calm, collected and patient. He is able to identify the key legal issues and make succinct and persuasive submissions." "He has a real way of digging into complex matters and making them seem really simple. He immediately gets to the heart of what the case is about, where the problems might be and how to deal with them."

Chambers UK 2022

"He is able to immediately get to the heart of the matter and the client’s concerns. He is technically fantastic, and it seems as though he is never fazed no matter how complex the matter or how challenging the opponent."

Legal 500 2022

"He is agile and quick-thinking." "An excellent advocate and a pleasure to work with. He has vast experience with public sector clients which he draws on for each matter we work on. He is detailed and always knows the papers inside and out." "He delivers arguments with an air of politeness and decorum that brings around both judges and the opposition."

Tim Sheppard is a leading practitioner in employment and discrimination law.

Prior to joining the Bar, Tim gained experience in the charitable sector as a former President of Survival, Scotland and as a volunteer in the Legal Department of Amnesty International, London. He also taught and lived in New Zealand and Spain, where he learnt Spanish.

Tim works as a barrister in the area of employment and discrimination law alone. He has a truly national practice and regularly appears in person and virtually in the Employment Tribunal, as well as undertaking appellate work. Tim is regularly instructed by public bodies, in particular the NHS, in multi-day, complex employment disputes. He has been consistently ranked in the legal directories for over 10 years.

Tim is a regular public speaker, appearing at No5 and other events, including master-classes and webinars. Has appeared on TV and radio in a professional capacity.

Expertise

Employment

Tim is an employment and discrimination law specialist.

Settlement Agreements & NDAs

He is instructed by a wide range of clients from multi- national companies, NHS Trusts, national charities and local authorities to the individual. Tim has extensive experience in all forms of discrimination law, in the areas of unfair dismissal and breach of contract, and 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.

Notable Employment Cases


Planon Ltd v Gilligan [2022] EWCA Civ 642

Successfully represented the ex-employee at the Court of Appeal in resisting the company’s challenge to the High Court Judge’s refusal to grant a non-compete covenant lasting 12 months.


Trentside Manor Care Limited and ors v Mrs Raphael [2022] EAT 37

Represented the Respondent in successfully resisting the employer’s appeal against the decision that advice by non-legal advisers was not covered by legal advice privilege.


Brangwyn v South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWCA 2235

Successfully defended the Trust up to and at the Court of Appeal, in its defence of a claim of a failure to make reasonable adjustments. A high-profile disability discrimination claim that centred on whether a PCP had been imposed.


Graham v Agilitas Communications Limited (2017) UKEAT/0212/17/DA

Important case on the correct approach to without prejudice discussions and section 111A of the Employment Rights Act 1996.


Basildon and Thurrock NHD Foundation Trust v Weerasinghe [2016] ICR 305

Successful in appeal against decision of the ET in relation to the approach to section 15 of the Equality Act 2010. Regularly cited as a major authority on the correct approach to section 15 claims.


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 [2012] EWCA Civ 37

Represented the SRA at the Court of Appeal, which 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 (former) DDA.


Related News, Resources and Events

News


PCP: Verbal Instructions Trump Written Job Description

Brangwyn v South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 2235; [2018] 10 WLUK 205; 11 October 2018. In the Court of Appeal, Tim Sheppard…

Publications


Fees Order Challenge Rejected

In R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor [2015] EWCA Civ 935, the Court of Appeal has rejected Unison’s challenge to the introduction…

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Related News, Resources and Events

News


PCP: Verbal Instructions Trump Written Job Description

Brangwyn v South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 2235; [2018] 10 WLUK 205; 11 October 2018. In the Court of Appeal, Tim Sheppard…

Publications


Fees Order Challenge Rejected

In R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor [2015] EWCA Civ 935, the Court of Appeal has rejected Unison’s challenge to the introduction…

View all related news

Clerk Team

Oliver Lee

Practice Director, Employment

oliverl@no5.com

07538 212479

Clare Smith

Practice Manager, Employment

clares@no5.com

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