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Neil Sheldon

Call: 1998


Neil Sheldon practises principally in the fields of judicial review, professional discipline and clinical negligence. He is consistently ranked by the directories as a leading junior in a wide range of practice areas. He regularly acts for doctors and other health professionals in all forms of proceedings before the GMC, GDC and Upper Tribunal and has been instructed in some of the most important such cases in recent years including Wakefield, Bonhoeffer, Ruscillo and R(SS and Ghosh). He has extensive experience of judicial review challenges to professional disciplinary decisions, particularly in a medical context.
Neil has been instructed in a number of important public inquiries including the Victoria Climbie and Zahid Mubarek Inquiries (in both of which he acted as junior counsel to the Inquiry), and the Iraq Inquiry. He is currently instructed as first junior counsel to the military witnesses in the Al Sweady Inquiry into allegations of murder and torture against UK forces in Iraq. He has appeared in a number of high profile inquests including those touching the deaths of Gareth Myatt and Adam Rickwood (the youngest person to die in custody in modern times).
Neil was first appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel) in 2002 and has, since then, undertaken a wide range of work for the Treasury Solicitor and numerous government departments. He was appointed to the A Panel in 2010 and his government work is now concentrated primarily in the areas of national security, personal injury, and public law claims relating to immigration, prisons and sentencing, mental health and VAT & Duties.


Public Inquiries/ Inquests

"His manner in court is great, and he is very bright and very technically capable." (Chambers and Partners 2016)

“He’s very good and easy to get on with.”  “He’s counsel of choice if you’re dealing with big witnesses.”  (Chambers and Partners 2015)

"Extremely good - a very safe pair of hands." "He has an excellent manner and a very good brain, and the ability quickly to separate the relevant from the irrelevant." (Chambers and Partners 2014)

"Has a succession of impressive appointments, including junior counsel to the Climbie and Mubarek Inquiries, amongst others". (Legal 500, 2007)

Professional Discipline

He's a skilled advocate with a very impressive command of his cases. He puts his argument across in a very effective and impressive way and is highly persuasive." (Chambers and Partners 2016)

“He is fabulous, a really good person to have on your team: endlessly enthusiastic, hard-working, works extraordinarily well under pressure, produces high quality work to tight deadlines, and is not fazed by things blowing up at the last moment.”  (Chambers and Partners 2015)

"A very calm and reassuring presence. He is thorough, excellent on the law and a smooth advocate who takes a strong tactical approach." (Chambers and Partners 2014)

“Rapidly rising star Neil Sheldon is "so far ahead of his call it's unreal," according to commentators, and is lauded for his "superb advocacy" and ability to win over committees. He is noted for his work in front of the GMC and on judicial reviews.” (Chambers and Partners 2013)

Seen as something of a “star for the future…he “gives good advice in very complex cases.” (Chambers and Partners 2012)

"A very bright junior who does a lot of medical disciplinary work. Clients are happy to use him on cases where you would ordinarily need someone very senior." (Chambers and Partners 2011)

Clinical Negligence

“He's endlessly enthusiastic and hard-working. He's a great person to have on your team and he works extraordinarily well under pressure."  (Chambers and Partners 2016)

“He’s absolutely fantastic and his written work is beautiful.”  “He’s exemplary as he is reliable and gets on very well with clients.”  (Chambers and Partners 2015)

Administrative and Public Law

"Heartily recommended. His profile continues to grow." Clients describe him as "approachable, quick to understand instructions and highly responsive." (Chambers and Partners 2011)


Cambridge University, MA (1995)

City University, Diploma in Law (1997)


Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) 2010 -

Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel) 2006 – 2010

Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel) 2002 – 2006

Special Advocate to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission 2003

Significant cases include the following

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Medical Law

GMC v Dr Andrew Wakefield (MMR) (Junior Counsel for Dr Wakefield)

R(SS) v Knowsley PCT and Secretary of State for Health [2006] Lloyds Rep Med 123

Ruscillo v CRHP and GMC [2005] 1 WLR 717

Inquests and Inquiries

Al Sweady Inquiry (First Junior Counsel to the military witnesses)

The Iraq Inquiry (Counsel to a number of high-profile witnesses)

The Zahid Mubarek Inquiry (Junior Counsel to the Inquiry)

The Victoria Climbie Inquiry (Junior Counsel to the Inquiry)

Adam Rickwood Inquest (youngest person to die in custody)

General Public Law

MH(Syria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] 3 All ER 564

EB(Ethiopia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] QB 1

E v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] HRLR 18

R(A) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] ACD 42

Other information

VAT Registration No:  743 9269 03


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Neil Sheldon and Alasdair Henderson appear for the Lord Chancellor in LASPO case: Rights of Women v SSJ.
Neil Garnham QC, Neil Sheldon and Robert Wastell are representing the Home Secretary in the Public Inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko
Neil Sheldon successful for HMRC in Supreme Court smuggling case
Neil Garnham QC and Neil Sheldon are representing the Home Secretary in the inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko