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Richard Sheldon

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Dispute Resolution & Employment


Richard is a Group Partner and member of the Dispute Resolution team, specialising in advising clients on employment law, data protection and regulatory issues across the Channel Islands.

He advises on all areas of employment law including, strategic advice, litigation and transactional support, as well as advising on matters such as executive severance, employee share schemes, pensions, restrictive covenants, bonus disputes and trade union issues.

Richard has advised in the field of data protection for many years, both before and after the advent of GDPR and has recently advised a whole range of local and international clients on their implementation of the new data protection standards, as well as advising on numerous data protection disputes including subject access requests and complaints to the local data protection commissioners in the Channel Islands.

In addition, Richard has advised on a number of major contentious regulatory matters involving enforcement action being taken by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission against both individuals and financial services businesses.

Richard’s experience includes advising;

- A Guernsey financial services business on the investigation and dismissal of a senior director in respect of allegations of fraud, together with the subsequent regulatory investigation by the GFSC
- Various global banks on restructuring their Channel Island businesses, including in relation to potential relocation and redundancy of staff, changes to pensions and to terms and conditions
- A Guernsey financial services business on a break down in the relationship between Chairman and Managing Director and subsequently on the exit of the Chairman, including buying out his shares in the business
- An international financial services business on the employment aspects of the acquisition of another business who had been subject to GFSC sanctions, including changes to terms and conditions and bonus arrangements
- Banks and other financial services businesses, on legal, tax and regulatory issues relating to the introduction and amendment of various employee incentive schemes and employee benefit trusts


Richard qualified as an English Solicitor in 2003 and joined Appleby in August 2014. Prior to joining Appleby, Richard worked for an international law firm in the UK.






University of Manchester (England)

Nottingham Law School (England)


Cricket and football


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Appleby’s ‘very strong team’ is ‘capably led’ by ‘calm and cool-headed strategic thinkerAnthony Williams, who is ‘a first-rate advocate and has an outstanding reputation’ on the island, according to one client. Supported by counsel Richard Sheldon and associate Camilla Cook, Williams led the advice to an individual with regard to his application for Hastings-Bass relief against the trustee of his offshore retirement annuity trust, and the firm was instructed by a financial institution as the trustee in a trust dispute with its settlor pertaining to unexpected tax charges following the transfer of funds into the structure. On the regulatory side, the group continues to advise Blenheim on the enforcement actions filed against it by the GFSC arising from a fraud by one of its former directors. Alison MacKrill recently arrived from Carey Olsen with senior associate Paula Fry to bolster the practice.

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Within: Employment

Counsel Richard Sheldon ‘uses his experience and judgement well’ to lead Appleby’s employment offering across the Channel Islands. The Guernsey team advises many of the island’s financial institutions on the employment issues arising out of restructurings, regulatory changes and senior executive moves. Dispute resolution head Anthony Williams is currently leading the advice to a client with regard to the review and reform of its collective bargaining structures, which could include de-recognising one of its trade unions. In other highlights, Sheldon teamed up with the corporate department to handle the employment issues relating to Estera’s acquisition of Heritage. On the contentious side, the group was instructed to oversee an independent investigation into the chief compliance officer of a fiduciary company in light of allegations that he had sought to suppress information from the board and the regulator. Other notable clients include Sanne, HSBC and Barclays.

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Within: Employment

Appleby’s employment outfit operates as a sub-team of the wider dispute resolution practice under the leadership of counsel Richard Sheldon, who leads the employment work across the Channel Islands. The main bulk of Sheldon’s caseload revolves around corporate support, compromise agreements, immigration and housing issues, pensions and data protection. HSBC recently appointed the group to advise on the employment and pension aspects of its restructuring across the crown dependencies, and a fiduciary services business instructed the firm to undertake an independent investigation into allegations that its chief compliance officer had suppressed information from the board and the regulator. Also notable were Fraser Robertson’s defence of a hospitality company in an unpaid wages claim filed by a former employee, and his work for a public sector employee with regard to his allegations that his employer misused personal data pertaining to him and his spouse.

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