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1 Crown Office Row


Neil Sheldon KC is recommended by the directories as a leading silk in a broad range of practice areas, including public & administrative law, public inquiries & inquests, professional discipline, and clinical negligence.

He has acted in many of the most important public inquiries and inquests of recent years including the Inquests into the terrorist attacks on Fishmongers’ 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 is currently acting 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 a leading medical defence union in the Infected Blood Inquiry and as leading counsel for the Home Office in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Neil was first appointed by the Attorney General as junior counsel to the crown in 2002, and has been on the A Panel since 2010. He undertakes a range of high profile work for a variety of government departments. He has particular experience of national security work, and holds developed vetted (DV) security clearance.

He has extensive experience of advocacy in the higher courts. He has appeared in over 50 cases in the Court of Appeal, and in a number of the most important recent human rights appeals in the Supreme Court. Neil is currently instructed in a number of forthcoming Supreme Court appeals, and several cases before the European Court of Human Rights.


Call: 1998; KC: 2019; Gray’s Inn (Prince of Wales scholar)

Junior counsel to the Crown (A Panel); junior counsel to Victoria Climbie inquiry; junior counsel to Zahid Muharek inquiry.

Publications of note: ‘ECHR and Medical Law’ (with Philip Havers KC).


Working knowledge French, German.


Lancing College; Trinity Hall, Cambridge (1995 BA History; 1999 MA History); City University (1996 Diploma in Law).


Cricket, skiing, squash, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Neil Sheldon KC1 Crown Office RowExcellent drafting, fierce but sensible advocacy and a wonderful manner with clients.

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Neil Sheldon KC1 Crown Office RowHe is exceptional in his drafting and will ensure that every case has the best chance of success through thorough examination of the evidence.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Neil Sheldon KC1 Crown Office RowHe provides measured and sensitive submissions in an affable manner.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Neil Sheldon KC1 Crown Office RowNeil is a class act. He gets fantastic results in every case no matter how complex. He is insightful and intelligent, and has unending reserves of patience when it comes to dealing with difficult clients.

1 Crown Office Row is ‘filled with excellent barristers who are at the top of their game‘, housing silks and juniors ‘of an impressive calibre‘. The team regularly appears in high-profile professional disciplinary hearings. Claims in the medical field are a key area of expertise. The ‘superb advocateJeremy Hyam KC is well known for his experience in all aspects of health law, and is regularly instructed in doctors’ disciplinary cases. Neil Sheldon KC is ‘a class act‘; he represented two dentists, who were husband and wife, who were accused of fraudulent claiming on their NHS contracts. Andrew Kennedy KC is a 2021 silk appointment.