"She is really fantastic; clients love her down-to-earth and tenacious approach." "She's very accomplished and a great all-rounder." – Chambers and Partners 2021
"Able to identify the crux of a case and isn’t afraid to take a robust approach to litigation. She is incredibly down to earth and builds a great rapport with clients." Legal 500 2021
Jude Shepherd is Head of the Employment Team at 42 Bedford Row and practises exclusively in employment law. Her field of expertise embraces all aspects of employment law and she has extensive experience of dealing with complex discrimination claims.
Jude is ranked as a leading junior in employment law by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories.
In addition to her many appearances in the Employment Tribunals, Employment Appeal Tribunal and higher appellate courts, she also regularly advises organisations on how to avoid litigation in this increasingly complex field of law. Jude prides herself on taking a partnership approach to resolving problems with her clients. She also regularly provides training for lay and professional clients and can tailor training courses for any client’s needs.
Jude is often commended for her pragmatic and practical approach to problem solving with her cases, not just during litigation but also in resolving conflict in the workplace before litigation. Her instructing solicitors often comment on the team approach that she takes to get her clients the best possible results.
Jude has been instructed by a wide variety of clients and has a particularly strong following from clients in the transport, retail, education and public sectors.
Jude sits as an Employment Judge in the Scottish Employment Tribunal.
Chambers are thrilled to have 17 individual recommendations/rankings in the new Chambers & Partners 2019.8th November 2018 Read more
Jude Shepherd delivers a webinar in partnership with Masterclass Training, looking at the causes of the gender pay gap and the steps being taken to close the gap by introducing mandatory gender pay gap reporting. The new Regulations have a target introduction date of 1 October 2016. Listen to the recording of the webinar to25th July 2016 Read more
In a new equal pay decision Haq v Audit Commission the Court of Appeal upholds the Respondent’s “genuine material factor” defence based on a form of “pay protection ”. The policy entailed that on reorganisation, employees kept the higher pay level of their old jobs where the new and old jobs were in the same7th December 2012 Read more