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Neil Sheldon

Call:  1998


Neil Sheldon practises principally in the fields of administrative law, 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 HCPC and has been instructed in some of the most important such cases in recent years.

Neil has acted in a wide range of high profile public inquiries and inquests. He was counsel to the Victoria Climbie and Zahid Mubarak Inquiries. He acted for the military witnesses in the Al Sweady inquiry, and for a number of high profile witnesses in the Iraq (Chilcot) Inquiry. He was counsel to the Chantler review into standardised tobacco packaging, and to the inquiry into Jimmy Savile's activities at Broadmoor. He is currently instructed by the Departments of Health and Justice in the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). He regularly appears in a wide variety of inquests, and has particular experience of cases involving sensitive material. He acted for the Foreign and Home Secretaries in the Alexander Litvinenko and Khalil Dale inquests. He is currently acting for the Department of Health in an inquest concerned with the provision of contaminated blood products to haemophiliacs in the 1980s; and for a number of doctors, and families, in inquests concerned with the provision of medical treatment.

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 a variety of 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, and public law claims relating to immigration, prisons and sentencing, mental health and VAT & Duties.

Neil has extensive experience of advocacy in the higher courts. He has appeared in over 40 cases before the Court of Appeal, and has acted in a number of appeals to the Supreme Court. He is currently instructed in a several cases before the European Court of Human Rights.


Public Inquiries/ Inquests

"A good advocate with very good people skills." "He is just completely in control of the brief. He is very, very calm under fire and a very reassuring presence, judges love him." "Incredibly approachable, he really goes above and beyond. His advice is always easy to follow and he is particularly brilliant with difficult clients and sensitive matters. An all-round pleasure to work with." (Chambers and Partners, 2017)

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

Professional Discipline

"He exhibits a really high level of skill and steely determination. He is absolutely focused on delivering the desired outcome for the client in complex cases." "A standout junior, his simplification of complex matters is exemplary." (Chambers and Partners, 2017)

“He is fabulous, a really good person to have on your team: endlessly enthusiastic, hardworking, works extremely well under pressure, produces high quality work to tight deadlines, and is unfazed by things blowing up at the last minute.” (Chambers and Partners, 2015)

Clinical Negligence

"Very bright and on the ball." "He's outstandingly good." "A highly persuasive advocate who achieves excellent results at trial." (Chambers and Partners, 2017)

“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, 2016)


"Just fantastic, he works incredibly hard and handles a lot of big work for the Home Office." "Undoubtedly a first-class advocate." (Chambers and Partners, 2017)

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)


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

Inquests and Public Inquiries

Alexander Litvinenko Inquest/Inquiry – Counsel for Foreign and Home Secretaries

Victoria Climbie Inquiry – Counsel to Inquiry

Zahid Mubarak Inquiry – Counsel to Inquiry

Al Sweady Inquiry – Counsel for Military Witnesses

Iraq (Chilcot) Inquiry – Counsel for several high-profile witnesses

IICSA – Counsel for Department of Health and Department of Justice

Judicial Review and Human Rights

Ali v Home Secretary – Supreme Court (judgment awaited)

SXH v CPS – Supreme Court (judgment awaited)

MM (Lebanon) v Home Secretary - Supreme Court (Judgment awaited)

Agyarko v Home Secretary  - Supreme Court (Judgment awaited)

R(Eastenders) v HMRC [2015] AC 1101

Professional Discipline

GMC v Dr Andrew Wakefield (MMR)

R (Bonhoeffer) v GMC [2012] IRLR 37

Ruscillo v CRHP [2005] 1 WLR 717

Other information

VAT Registration No:  743 9269 03


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020 7797 7500

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