Richard Shepherd

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Degree: 
LLB (Hons) Wales; LLM (Warwick) International Economic Law
Year of call and Inn: 
2001; Middle Temple
Professional Membership: 
Western Circuit, PIBA, ELBA, CBA, ELA
Appointments: 
Recorder 2018 (Crown Court)
Public Access Areas: 
Employment
Inquest
Regulatory
Practice Overview: 

Richard Shepherd specialises in employment, professional disciplinary, inquests and inquiries, and regulatory crime. He is the Head of Albion’s Employment and Professional Disciplinary Team and has a thriving nationwide practice. He is consistently recognised by Legal 500 as a 'Leading Junior' and a 'Tier 1' practitioner and sits as a part-time Crown Court judge (Recorder) on the Western Circuit.

He is a certified advocacy trainer for the Western Circuit, and is a facilitator for the national roll-out of the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training programme.

Richard is on the approved List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law and acts as ‘standing counsel’ for a number of corporate bodies and organisations across the UK.

He is also a member of the LexisNexis® panel of experts, providing commentary and analysis on rapidly developing areas of law, in particular, contempt of court.

Client Recommendations:

"has a knack of making complicated factual scenarios seem very straightforward"

"In advising, Richard cuts to the chase and his advice is direct yet reasoned, clear and easy to understand"

"personable, responsive and very helpful"

"tenacious in cross examination"

Recommendations from national publications:

"Tier 1 - Has an ability to explain complex matters to lay persons and navigate clients around legal and practical challenges at all stages of proceedings. Clients are always impressed by their friendly tone and he is a pleasure to instruct."
Legal 500 2021

"Tier 1 - A very effective advocate"
Legal 500 2019

"Tier 1 - An employment law specialist"
Legal 500 2017

"Excellent with clients and witnesses: he has the ability to put the most nervous witnesses at ease"
Legal 500 2016

"He handles instructions from local authorities, public bodies and unions, among other parties”
Legal 500 2015

"Recommended for all stages of employment litigation”
Legal 500 2014

“firm in cross-examination and persuasive in his submissions”
Legal 500 2012

Current Instructions:

  • Representing Company Director - Grenfell Tower Inquiry (2017-2020)
  • Instructed by Employer - Employment litigation in The Supreme Court (2020-2021)
  • Advising Senior Police Officer re: dishonesty charges - Police Disciplinary (2020-2021)
  • Advocate for Care Home Group challenging CQC decision - 1st Tier Tribunal (2020)
  • Prosecuting, Proceeds of Crime in relation to gold bullion - Crown Court (2020)
  • Representing NHS Trust re: injunction preventing treatment - High Court (2020)
  • Advising Company Owner/Director re: significant shareholder dispute - High Court (2020)
  • Advocate for whistle-blower re: furlough fraud - Employment Tribunal (2020-2021)
  • Instructed by Local Authority Counter-Fraud Team - Investigation into Corruption (2020)
  • Advising Head Teacher accused of fraud - Teaching Regulation Agency (2019-2020)

Public Access:

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Areas of Practice