Shane Crawford > Chambers of Rachel Sleeman > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Rachel Sleeman
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Shane Crawford is a specialist employment law barrister who provides a quality of service based on over twenty years’ experience in this field. Forensic attention to detail and precision of advocacy at final hearings are anecdotes describing Shane’s involvement by previous clients.

Employment Law

Shane’s experience encompasses all areas of employment law issues and he possesses particular expertise in conducting lengthy hearings of complexity through the whole spectrum of discrimination claims and TUPE. The other areas in which he regularly represents clients are whistleblowing, contract, unlawful deduction of wages, national minimum wage, agency and part-time workers claims and unfair dismissal. He is highly regarded in his field and is sought after for his subtlety and assertive presence in tribunal and court. He is attentive to the client’s needs and provides a balanced assessment of merits of a case.

Shane’s client base includes private sector respondents and public employers. Shane has a depth of experience in representing claimants from all different professional and trade union backgrounds.


Shane’s case load includes multi-day discrimination cases. A sample of the cases in which he has been involved are:

  • MH v West Mercia Police – successfully representing claimant in 4 week final hearing for claims of discrimination and harassment.
  • EB v LB of Croydon – representing respondent in response to claims of disability and maternity discrimination.
  • JD v Care for U – successfully representing claimant in claims of disability discrimination and unfair dismissal.
  • Hemdan v Ishmail – successfully obtaining deposit order in an allegation of caste discrimination.
  • Hanley and Barnes v Birmingham City Council – successfully representing respondent in a claim for age discrimination.
  • Tully v Council for Voluntary Service Rochdale – successfully representing respondent in a Whistleblowing case.
  • Hadera v Boots Management Services – successfully representing respondent in a claim of race discrimination.
  • Bibb v West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority – representing claimant in a claim of disability discrimination.
  • Manoj v VF Services – successfully representing respondent in a claim of sexual harassment and victimisation.
  • Williams v E.On – representing respondent in a claim for sex discrimination.

Appellate experience

He has significant experience of conducting appeals in the EAT having done both pro bono and privately funded cases.

Reported cases:

  • R (Badur) v Birmingham Crown Court and others [2006] EWHC 539 (Admin)
  • Carroll v Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime UKEATPA/0203/14/JOJ
  • Nikolova v M & P Enterprises London Ltd UKEAT/0293/15/DM


Professional conduct and right to practise hearings

Shane is experienced in representing individuals appearing before the General Medical Council, National College for Teaching and Leadership and the Conduct and Competence committee Health and Care Professions Council.


Called 1996


ELA Pro Bono committee


LLB Hons, LLM – International Human Rights

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Shane CrawfordFive PaperAlways provides high-quality legal advice and expert advocacy. Shane has an analytical mind and a logical approach to cases that make him a safe pair of hands. As well as Shane’s high-quality legal advice and attention to detail in relation to complex cases of discrimination, Shane has great communication skills, always goes over and above in relation to contact with the client, conferences with witnesses, providing notes of hearings, and providing his thoughts following judgment. Shane also has the ability to remain calm under pressure, and adopts a very flexible working approach that is greatly appreciated.