Neil Sheldon is recommended by the directories as a leading new silk in a broad range of practice areas, including public & administrative law, public inquiries & inquests, professional discipline, and clinical negligence.
In 2018 he was named ‘Public Inquiries Barrister of the Year UK’ by The Lawyer Monthly.
He has acted in many of the most important public inquiries and inquests of recent years including the Inquests into the terrorist attacks on Fishmonger’s Hall, Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Manchester Arena, the Victoria Climbie Inquiry, the Zahid Mubarak Inquiry, the Al Swaedy Inquiry, the Iraq Inquiry and the Alexander Litvinenko Inquiry. He acted for the NCA and a number of government departments in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). He is instructed by the Cabinet Office in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, by the Home Office in the Undercover Policing Inquiry and by a leading medical defence union in the Infected Blood Inquiry.
“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.” “He’s very good with clients and they adore his approach.” (Chambers & Partners 2019)
“His skeleton arguments are impressive.” “Highly composed, organised, thorough and comprehensive. He has a very cool head.” “Extremely clever and good humoured and a delight to work with.” (Chambers & Partners 2018)
Notable cases include:
- Jermaine Baker Public Inquiry (ongoing).
- Undercover Policing Inquiry (ongoing).
- Infected Blood Inquiry (ongoing).
- Manchester Arena Inquiry (ongoing).
- Grenfell Tower Inquiry (ongoing).
- Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)
- Victoria Climbie Inquiry: Counsel to Inquiry.
- Zahid Mubarak Inquiry: Counsel to Inquiry.
- Al Sweady Inquiry: Counsel to the Military Witnesses.
- Iraq Inquiry: Counsel to several prominent political and military witnesses.
- Alexander Litvinenko Inquiry: Counsel to Foreign and Home Secretaries.
- IICSA: Counsel to several government departments.
- Chantler Review into Standardised Tobacco Packaging: Counsel to Review.
- Investigation of Jimmy Savile at Broadmoor: Counsel to Investigation.
Neil has been heavily involved in national security work since 2003 when he was first appointed as a special advocate to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. He acted as special advocate for, amongst others Abu Hamza and a number of the original Belmarsh detainees.
More recently, Neil has acted exclusively for government departments and agencies in work of this nature and has been involved in some of the most-high profile such cases including the Alexander Litvinenko inquest/inquiry, the Saudi arms trade litigation and a number of applications to European Court of Human Rights concerned with the bulk interception of communications and communications data.
Neil has extensive experience of SIAC and has acted for the Secretary of State in a variety of appeals including deportation with assurances, deprivation of citizenship and naturalization.
Neil has held Developed Vetted (DV) security clearance continuously since 2003.
Notable cases include:
- E3 and G3 v Secretary of State for the Home Department (ongoing): Deprivation of citizenship (SIAC)
- Al Khayer v Secretary of State for the Home Department (ongoing): refusal of naturalisation for various members of President Assad’s extended family (SIAC).
- Bureau of Investigative Journalism v United Kingdom (ongoing): ECHR application concerning bulk interception of communications; Articles 8 and 10.
- Saudi Arms Trade Litigation (ongoing): JSA 2013 closed material procedure; international humanitarian law; relationship between national security and international relations.
- McGartland v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 686: National Security; JSA 2013 closed material procedure; NCND principle; correct approach to case management under the JSA.
- Foreign Secretary v Coroner for Inner North London  ACD 43 PII; Litvinenko Inquest; successful Jr of Coroner’s decision to order disclosure of material.
- McGartland v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 2248 (QB): JSA 2013 closed material procedure; s.6 declaration; case management.
- LO (Jordan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 164: Appeals against preliminary rulings of SIAC; application of s.7 of the SIAC Act 1997.
- E v Secretary of State for the Home Department  HRLR 18.
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