Neil has acted in a wide range of high profile inquests. He regularly appears in high-profile and complex inquests, and has particular experience of cases involving confidential material. He is currently acting for the NCA in the case of Jermaine Baker, a high-profile fatal shooting inquest.
He acted for the Foreign and Home Secretaries in the Alexander Litvinenko and Khalil Dale inquests. He has represented the Youth Justice Board in a number highly sensitive inquests concerning the deaths of young people in custody.
Neil acted for the family of Frances Cappuccini, whose death led to the first prosecution of a health trust for corporate manslaughter. He acted for the Department of Health in an inquest concerned with the provision of contaminated blood products to haemophiliacs in the 1980s. He has represented a large number of doctors, and families, in inquests concerned with the provision of medical treatment.
“He is very calm on his feet and very reasonable in his advocacy.” “He’s got a really lovely manner and he’s very, very competent. I think he’s very measured and I really rate him.” (Chambers & Partners 2021)
‘Very experienced in very high-profile and complex inquests.’ (Legal 500 2021)
“He’s really good at dealing with his clients and has played an important role in helping to deal with really challenging material.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)
“He’s one to watch, a silk in the making.” “He’s very good with clients and they adore his approach.” (Chambers & Partners 2019)
“Superb on his feet. His advocacy is measured and incisive.” “Extremely approachable and highly experienced. His understanding of the medical field is second to none.” (Chambers & Partners 2018)
“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 & 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 & Partners, 2016)
- Dymond Inquest.
- Streatham Attack Inquest.
- Fishmongers’ Hall Inquests.
- Manchester Bombing Inquests.
- London Bridge & Borough Market Inquests.
- Westminster Bridge Inquests.
- Prof. Bitner-Glindzicz Inquest.
- Foreign Secretary v Coroner for Inner North London  Inquest LR 193: Status of properly interested persons.
- Foreign Secretary v Coroner for Inner North London  WLR (D) 261: Public Interest Immunity.
- R (Pounder) v Coroner for North and South Durham  EWHC 328 (Admin). Fresh inquest; matters to be left to jury; unlawful restraint in secure training centres.
- Frances Cappuccini Inquest: Young mother; obstetric mismanagement.
- Adam Rickwood Inquest: 13 year old; death in custody.
- Gareth Myatt Inquest: 14 year old; death in custody.
- Alexander Litvinenko Inquest: Counsel to Foreign and Home Secretaries.
- Khalil Dale Inquest: ICRC worker taken hostage by terrorists; Counsel to Foreign Secretary.
- Stuart Fuller Inquest: Provision of contaminated blood products to haemophiliacs in 1980s.
Neil Sheldon QC in judicial review regarding stolen 16th century Qur’an - Aug 2021
Inquest returns verdict of neglect after basic error missed - Jul 2021
Hearings Commence for Jermaine Baker Public Inquiry - Jun 2021
Fishmongers’ Hall Terror Attack Inquests Conclude - Jun 2021
Widening Participation with the Inner Temple and Warwick University - Feb 2020
Neil Sheldon QC successful in landmark appeal on Parliamentary Privilege - Feb 2020
Law Pod UK Ep. 100 : Disaster Avoidance for Experts with Neil Sheldon QC - Dec 2019
High Court to hear challenge by Sikhs to Census - Nov 2019
Is this too sensitive? Dealing with difficult issues in Inquests and Inquiries - Oct 2019
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse publish investigation report into Accountability and Reparations - Sep 2019
Neil Sheldon QC and Charlotte Gilmartin instructed in inquest into Prof. Bitner-Glindzicz - Aug 2019
London Bridge Inquest concludes attackers lawfully killed - Jul 2019
London Bridge & Borough Market Terror Attack Inquests Commence - May 2019
Congratulations to Neil Sheldon QC & Robert Kellar QC on taking silk today - Mar 2019
Congratulations to new silks Neil Sheldon and Robert Kellar - Jan 2019
Neil Sheldon and Matthew Hill in Supreme Court over the correct approach to the assessment of medical evidence in asylum claims - Dec 2018
Neil Sheldon wins ‘Public Inquiries Barrister of the Year’ at the annual Lawyer Monthly Awards - Nov 2018
Neil Sheldon and Matthew Hill instructed in the Westminster Bridge Inquests - Sep 2018
Neil Sheldon successful in Court of Appeal in cases concerning leave to remain under Article 8 - May 2018
Neil Sheldon defends the 2012 Immigration Rules in the Court of Appeal - Mar 2018
Neil Sheldon appears in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the admission to the UK of adult dependent relatives - May 2017
Philip Havers QC and Neil Sheldon succeed in Supreme Court on Art 8 Rights case - May 2017
Neil Sheldon Acts For The Home Office In Trio of Article 8 Supreme Court Cases - Mar 2017
Inquest result announced for Frances Cappuccini, Whose Family Are Represented By Neil Sheldon - Jan 2017
Neil Sheldon Represents Family of Mother, Frances Cappuccini In Ongoing Inquest Into Her Death - Jan 2017
Neil Sheldon and Alasdair Henderson appear for the Lord Chancellor in LASPO case: Rights of Women v SSJ - Jan 2015
Neil Garnham QC, Neil Sheldon and Robert Wastell are representing the Home Secretary in the Public Inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko - Aug 2014
Neil Sheldon successful for HMRC in Supreme Court smuggling case - Jun 2014
Neil Garnham QC and Neil Sheldon are representing the Home Secretary in the inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko - Feb 2014
Neil Garnham QC and Neil Sheldon successful in judicial review challenge to the Public Interest Immunity decision in the Litvinenko Inquest - Dec 2013
Nine members of 1COR involved in Al-Sweady Public Inquiry - Mar 2013
Neil Garnham QC and Neil Sheldon are representing the Home Secretary at the Inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko - Feb 2013
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2013 - Feb 2013
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2012 - Feb 2012
Kieran Coonan QC and Neil Sheldon obtain block on hearsay evidence in Bonhoeffer case - Jul 2011
New appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels - Mar 2010
GMC’s findings of fact re Dr Wakefield announced - Feb 2010