Viewing: Employment for Tim Sheppard

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. 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.
Tim is a regular public speaker at Chambers and other events and has appeared on TV and Radio in his professional capacity. Tim has been described as: “an exceptional advocate who consistently delivers” (2018); “excellent in his cross-examination and in his summation of the issues in a case” (2016) and as someone who provides “the highest standard of service” (2013).
"He is easy to work with and has a natural rapport with clients. He carries out detailed analysis and has a strong understanding of the legal issues.” “He has good judgement and a forensic style.”
Chambers UK 2020
“A good advocate who has an excellent manner with clients.”
Legal 500 UK 2020
“He has a real grasp of complex issues and razor-sharp on his feet.” “Very user-friendly.”
Chambers UK 2019
“He has expertise in discrimination claims.”
Legal 500 2019
“An exceptional advocate who consistently delivers. He’s very approachable and puts witnesses at ease.
Chambers UK 2018
“A great advocate, very measured, not overly dramatic but appropriately assertive.”
Chambers UK 2017
“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.”
Chambers UK 2016
Notable Cases
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.
Elsie Gayle v Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust [2011] EWCA Civ 924; [2011] IRLR 810
Instructed by the Trust up to and at the Court of Appeal. The Court upheld ET’s judgment that the Claimant did not suffer a detriment in respect of trade union activities and made important comments about bringing appeals against ET decisions generally.
Tim is a member of the Employment Law Bar Association and the Planning and Environmental Bar Association.

Latest News & Publications

Brangwyn v South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 2235; [2018] 10 WLUK 205; 11 October 2018....

Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2018
In R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor [2015] EWCA Civ 935, the Court of Appeal has r...

Date: Mon, 07 Sep 2015