Richard Shepherd

Richard Shepherd specialises in employment, regulatory crime and inquests.

He is the Head of Albion Chambers’ Employment and Professional Disciplinary Team and is recognised nationally as a ‘Leading Junior’ by Legal 500, being described as ‘firm in cross-examination and persuasive in his submissions’, ‘has a knack of making complicated factual scenarios seem very straightforward’ and ‘recommended for all stages of employment litigation’.

Richard is a certified advocacy trainer for the Western Circuit, training other barristers on court room skills. In addition he is a trained facilitator for the national roll-out of the vulnerable witness advocacy training programme.

Richard also acts as 'standing counsel' for a number of businesses and organisations around the UK.

Contributed to

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Committal proceedings—appeals, purges and discharge
Practice Note

This Practice Note examines the law surrounding appeals in respect of committal proceedings, both for the claimant and respondent, alongside the process by which an individual’s contempt can be purged (in old-fashioned terminology) or discharged (in modern terminology).

Committal proceedings—applications, evidence and hearings
Practice Note

This Practice Note sets out the necessary ingredients, formalities and hurdles that must be observed when pursuing committal applications for contempt or writs of sequestration, including the need for a penal notice. It also looks at the quasi-criminal nature of committal proceedings, the respondent’s entitlement to legal aid/legal representation and the right to silence. It also considers the approach to issuing a warrant of committal.

Committal proceedings—contempt in the face of the court
Practice Note

This Practice Note considers when committal proceedings can be brought where contempt is committed in the face of the court.

Committal proceedings—County Courts Act offences and High Court certifications
Practice Note

This Practice Note considers committal proceedings in relation to County Courts Act offences and High Court certifications.

Committal proceedings—discontinuance, defects and strike out
Practice Note

This Practice Note considers the court’s approach to procedural defects in committal proceedings and when the court may strike out such proceedings as a result.

Committal proceedings—false statements
Practice Note

This Practice Note considers when committal proceedings can be brought for the making of false statements under CPR 32.14 and the process to be adopted in bringing them, including seeking permission to bring the proceedings, the timing of bringing the proceedings and the standard of proof to be applied.

Committal proceedings—hearings in absence and hearings in private
Practice Note

This Practice Note considers when committal proceedings may be held without the presence of the alleged contemnor and/or held in private.

Committal proceedings—interference with the administration of justice
Practice Note

This Practice Note considers when committal proceedings can be brought where an interference with the administration of justice is alleged.

Committal proceedings—non-compliance with a court order or solicitor’s undertaking
Practice Note

This Practice Note considers when committal applications may be brought for non-compliance with court orders or a solicitor’s undertaking and the process to be adopted in bringing them.

Committal proceedings—sentencing
Practice Note

This Practice Note examines the principles and purposes of sentencing in contempt and writ of sequestration cases following a successful committal application.

Committal proceedings—writs of sequestration
Practice Note

This Practice Note considers when committal proceedings can be brought alongside of, or for failure to comply with, writs of sequestration and the process to be adopted in bringing them. This includes circumstances where an order, judgment or undertaking has not been complied with.

Practice areas

Membership

  • Western Circuit, Middle Temple, ELA, ELBA, CBA

Panel

  • Specialist Panel

Education

  • LLB (Hons) Wales
  • LLM (Warwick) International Economic Law

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