Tom Shepherd is ranked as a leading junior in the fields of (i) Commercial/Chancery litigation, (ii) Restructuring/Insolvency and (iii) Professional Liability. His cases often have a fraud angle and he has experience of Company, Partnership and Financial Services disputes. Tom’s qualities have been consistently recognised in the legal directories:
- A relentless will to win: “combines a ferocious appetite for work with a really very sharp legal mind“; “a will to win in every case, however tricky“; “extremely sharp, committed and focussed on the result“; “meticulous in his preparation and completely dedicated to the case”
- A skilful advocate: “an unbelievably good advocate for his level of call“; “very punchy“; “a very tenacious and skilful advocate“; “aggressive when he needs to be and sensible in his deliveries in court“; “he has the ear of the judge and is a very strong advocate“; “a very effective practitioner – robust and a good advocate“
- A first-class lawyer: “extremely good on the law“; “extremely able, thorough and organised“; “adept at distilling vast amounts of complex information and has meticulous attention to detail“; “rigorously thorough and responsive“; “very detailed in his approach“; “intelligent and first rate on the law“; “very authoritative“; “always keeps a commercial outlook and has very strong tactical judgement“
- A modern outlook: “tech savvy with his no-paper approach to litigation“; “very user-friendly and good at staying in touch and being practical“; “Tom is very good to work with – he’s approachable, practical and commercial“
- A collaborative approach: “Tom is very good to work with – he’s approachable, practical and commercial“; “His advice is always clear and clients love him“; “extremely personable, which impresses clients and makes a big difference in cases“; “extremely accessible, very responsive and very good in court“; “very strong on his feet and has a good client manner“; “a pleasure to work with“
Tom is an experienced trial advocate who is not afraid to back his judgment. Tom has recently acted in significant, high-value litigation as part of larger legal teams, both at first instance and in the Court of Appeal. He also appears in his own right in the High Court and County Court as well as before professional regulatory panels. Tom is a sophisticated negotiator who is frequently instructed to act at mediation and other forms of ADR. Tom was appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Attorney General’s B Panel) in June 2016 and is currently instructed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on a number of signifiant directors disqualification matters.
Further details of Tom’s practice areas can be found via the links at the bottom of this page. Recent highlights include:
- YJB Port Ltd v M&A Pharmachem Ltd  EWHC 42 (Ch): acting for the successful Defendants to a claim for breach of a non-compete clause and breach of confidence relating to a thickening compound used to treat dysphagia. Led by Paul Mitchell QC at quantum trial; acting as sole advocate on contested interim applications  EWHC 2239 (Ch) and at liability trial  EWHC 2117 (Ch).
- Burns v Burns  EWHC 75(Ch): QROPS pension fraud claim, involving allegations of dishonest assistance, unlawful means conspiracy and deceit.
- Mosley v Associated Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 3545 (QB): claim for malicious prosecution arising out of the sending of a “dossier” of evidence to the CPS intending that C be investigated for alleged perjury. Led by Paul Mitchell QC.
- Willers v Joyce  EWHC 3424 (Ch): representing the successful defendants in the first case in English legal history of alleged malicious prosecution of civil proceedings since the recognition of the tort by the Supreme Court  UKSC 43. Five-week trial before Rose J. Extensive trial preparation and conducting cross-examination of factual and expert witnesses. Led by Paul Mitchell QC. Subsequent litigation involved a successful application on the admissibility of certain without prejudice communications  Costs L.R. 781 (Andrews J), a non-party costs application against solicitors and counsel  EWHC 2183 (Ch) (Rose J) and an application to cross-examine the judgment debtor in relation to his assets both in and beyond the jurisdiction  EWHC 1278 (Ch).
- Rollerteam Ltd v Riley  EWHC 1065 (Ch): claim against shadow director for alleged misappropriation of gate receipts of the Sherlock Holmes Museum and dispute arising out of settlement agreement. Tom acted on various successful interim applications relating to the release of monies held in escrow and the sale of a substantial property under the settlement agreement, before appearing at the trial / inquiry at which the applicants’ claims succeeded in full. Led by Neil Hext QC.
Tom is available to accept instructions on a public access basis in each of his listed areas of expertise, where appropriate. Please see the Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients on the Bar Standard’s Board website by clicking here.