Clive Sheldon QC > Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC

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Specialist in employment law, public law (human rights, local government, social services, health, police) and education law. Recent cases have included: R (SG) v S of S for Work & Pensions (welfare cap: Supreme Court); R (Moseley) v L B Haringey (council tax reduction scheme: Supreme Court); Cornwall CC v S of S Health (community care ordinary residence: Supreme Court); Windle v S of S Justice (freelance interpreter: EAT).


Called 1991; Inner Temple; NY Bar 1992; CEDR-accredited mediator 2003.


Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1989 BA Law, 1st); University of Pennsylvania (LLM); Inns of Court School of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Clive Sheldon QC11KBW Clive is very tenacious with a particularly assertive and effective style of advocacy.

A set with ‘real strength and depth across the board, whose members appear in most of the major cases‘, 11KBW is active across the public law space, with many members of chambers active for defendants represented by the Government Legal Department, as well as other government bodies, quangos, and some claimant work. Members were on both sides of Lincolnshire Police’s ultimately unsuccessful challenge to the College of Policing’s plan to effectively transform policing into a graduate profession – Jonathan Moffett QC  and Christopher Knight for the College of Policing and Charles Bourne QC (elevated to the High Court as of 1 October 2020) and Aileen McColgan QC (a 2020 silk appointment) for the force. The set is ‘one of the leading chambers for dealing with public law issues affecting the health sector‘: Andrew Sharland QC defeated a challenge to the Royal College of Physicians’ neutral stance on assisted dying brought by some of the organisation’s members opposed to it. Clive Sheldon QC  successfully represented the government in the Court of Appeal in R (BPAS) v Department of Health concerning the meaning of “the pregnancy has not exceeded its twenty-fourth week” in the Abortion Act 1967. Unled, Jonathan Auburn represented the defendant in R (Leighton) v Lord Chancellor, in which disability activists challenged the lack of qualified one-way costs shifting in discrimination claims. Elizabeth Prochaska, formerly of Matrix Chambers, joined chambers from the role of legal director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Clive Sheldon QC11KBWAdaptable and hardworking, he is now firmly established as a leading silk with the ability and experience to take on the most technically complex case.

11KBW is ‘an excellent set of chambers with incredible strength in depth. The clerking is also very good, and I always feel confident that the team understands the needs of my clients‘. The ‘constructive and commercial‘ Daniel Stilitz QC successfully acted for Protect, the whistleblowers’ charity, in a Supreme Court appeal which involved the question of whether judges can whistleblow. Meanwhile, Clive Sheldon QC acted for Cambridge University in a judicial review challenge to its decision not to re-engage a lecturer, which followed an employment tribunal’s decision that she was unfairly dismissed. Strengthening chambers at the senior end, Marcus Pilgerstorfer QCJulian Milford QC and Aileen McColgan QC all took silk in 2020. Peter Lockley and Daniel Isenberg are highlighted as rising stars of the employment Bar.

London Bar > Education

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Clive Sheldon QC11KBWRecommended for education-related matters