Congratulations to new silks Neil Sheldon and Robert Kellar - Jan 2019
Neil has acted in a wide range of high profile public inquiries. 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 NCA and the Departments of Health and Justice in the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
“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:
- Grenfell Tower Inquiry (ongoing).
- Jimmy Savile Litigation.
- 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.
Selected CasesView full profile »
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
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2013 - Feb 2013
Neil Garnham QC and Neil Sheldon are representing the Home Secretary at the Inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko - Feb 2013
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 – February 2012 - Feb 2012
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