Richard Shepherd > Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC
Albion Chambers


Richard Shepherd specialises in employment, regulatory crime and inquests. He is the Head of Albion’s Employment and Professional Disciplinary Team and has a thriving nationwide practice. He is consistently recognised by Legal 500 as a ‘Leading Junior’ and a ‘Tier 1’ practitioner and sits as a part-time Crown Court judge (Recorder) on the Western Circuit. Richard is a certified advocacy trainer for the Western Circuit, and is a facilitator for the national roll-out of the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training programme. Richard is on the approved List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law. Richard also acts as ‘standing counsel’ for a number of businesses and organisations around the UK. Richard is the Head of Albion’s Employment and Professional Disciplinary Team. For eight consecutive years he has been recommended in the Legal 500 for ‘all stages of employment litigation’ and is commended for his ‘firm cross-examination and persuasive submissions’. Richard’s nationwide, respondent-centred practice is noted for his work in relation to local authorities, care homes, councils, schools and public bodies, being instructed in matters of the upmost sensitivity and severity in both employment and professional disciplinary matters. Clients are always impressed with his mastery of the papers, his down-to-earth advice and his exemplary advocacy. For many clients Richard is their go-to barrister. Richard undertakes prosecution and defence work, and is a CPS panel advocate level 4 prosecutor. He also sits as a Crown Court Recorder in the South West. He accepts instructions in the Crown Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. He is particularly known for his in-depth knowledge of business and financial affairs, making him the ideal barrister for complex fraud and regulatory matters. Richard is on the approved List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law. Richard conducts inquests on behalf of the full range of parties. His familiarity with medical terminology, treatment, diagnosis and prognosis, combined with the witness-handling skills developed in the criminal field brings the ‘best of both worlds’ to this area. Richard is also the editor for the largest and most active LinkedIn group specialising in the field of Inquests and Coroners.


Called 2001; Middle Temple; Recorder 2018 (Crown Court)


Western Circuit; PIBA; ELBA; CBA; ELA


Wales University (LLB (Hons)); Warwick University (LLM International Economic Law)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard ShepherdAlbion ChambersIdeal choice of counsel for Jury matters. Has an ability to explain complex matters to lay persons and navigate clients around legal and practical challenges at all stages of proceedings. Clients are always impressed by their friendly tone and he is a pleasure to instruct.

With ‘great strength in depth with very able juniors‘, the members of Albion Chambers are considered ‘down to earth but strong impressive advocates who always have a friendly nature’. The set is also praised for ‘always putting on good seminars to showcase their wider team’s knowledge and skills‘. In the inquests and inquiries space, the set represents families of the deceased, NHS Trusts, healthcare professionals, emergency-service trusts, care homes, and the Care Quality Commission. With a strong background in criminal advocacy, Anna Midgley leads the set’s inquest team and is active in both coroner-only and jury inquests. Head of Albion’s professional disciplinary team, Richard Shepherd has expertise in both inquests, regulatory and health and safety matters. Rising star Alexander West is typically instructed by public bodies who consider him ‘a hugely impressive advocate’.