Tom Shepherd specialises in Commercial Litigation, including Professional Liability disputes, Civil Fraud, Company, Insolvency and Financial Services. 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”; “meticulous in his preparation and completely dedicated to the case”
- First-rate advocacy: “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”
- In-depth legal analysis: “extremely good on the law”; “rigorously thorough and responsive”; “very detailed in his approach”; “very authoritative”; “always keeps a commercial outlook and has very strong tactical judgement”
- A modern approach: “very personable”; “very user-friendly and good at staying in touch and being practical”; “very strong on his feet and has a good client manner”; “a pleasure to work with”
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. He has extensive experience of trial advocacy, including the cross-examination of a variety of witnesses, and as a sole advocate his opponents frequently include more senior practitioners. Tom was appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Attorney General’s B Panel) in June 2016.
Further details of Tom’s practice areas can be found via the links at the bottom of this page. Recent highlights include:
- Willers v Joyce  EWHC 3424 (Ch): acting for 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 Chancery Division trial before Rose J. Extensive trial preparation and conducting cross-examination of factual and expert witnesses. Click here for a case note. Led by Paul Mitchell QC.
- 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.
- Celsa v Benson & ors (2018): representing one of seven defendants to a claim by the UK’s largest steel manufacturer for unlawful means conspiracy arising out of the alleged misappropriation of hundreds of tonnes of by-products from the steel manufacturing process at a plant in South Wales. Settled on confidential terms.
- Re: a Championship football club (2018): acting for the claimant private investment fund on an action against solicitors arising out of the alleged negligent advice and drafting of certain transactional and security documentation for a £6m loan in connection with the proposed refinancing of a Championship football club.
- Re: a Debt Management Company (2017): successfully representing a substantial commercial debt management company on an application before the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the FCA for permission to carry out regulated activities. Tom was involved at all stages of the proceedings, which resulted in only the second such successful application at the time and a complete change of approach by the FCA to future applications.