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Jude Shepherd

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Jude Shepherd - 42 Bedford Row


"She is brilliance in action: her attention to detail is second to none, she works seamlessly as part of our team to support the clients, and she goes above and beyond and achieve fantastic results." "She gives clear and considered advice, she is very responsive throughout a case and she is a strong advocate in court." Chambers and Partners 2022

"Jude has a very reassuring presence, and is excellent on strategy and responsive throughout the progress of a case. Jude is great with clients and a pleasure to work with." Legal 500 2022

"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     The Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law Firms

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.


  • "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
  • Highly knowledgeable in all aspects of employment law, with a particular focus on discrimination cases. She has extensive experience at tribunal and appellate level.
  • Strengths: “She immerses herself in the facts and skilfully applies the law. She is professional, constructive, and highly persuasive in her written and oral advocacy.” “She is very practical in her advice and has excellent advocacy skills.”
  • Successfully acted for the employee in an unfair dismissal claim against the BBC. Chambers and Partners 2018
  • Chambers and Partners 2017 says ‘Discrimination and employment lawyer who is widely lauded by clients and peers for her outstanding level of client service and support. She often acts at both the ET and EAT, and is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of employment law. “She is very technical and always has time to speak with you about the issues.” “She is very straightforward and down to earth, technically excellent and a brilliant advocate”.’
  • Legal 500 2017 says ‘She is an excellent employment lawyer; clear thinking and well organised, with fine judgment’.
  • Previous entries in the directories include: “She is exceptional. Her rapport with clients, her preparation and her advocacy skills are second to none.” “A barrister who epitomises her set’s pragmatic, sensible and down to earth approach. A convincing advocate, she puts clients at ease and argues intelligently.”
  • Joanne Boyle, Partner at Bond Dickinson LLP says “Gone are the days where a barrister should just receive papers and turn up to Tribunal. We expect a high quality partnering service with appointed Counsel and Jude Shepherd never disappoints. Indeed, she regularly exceeds expectations.”

Ranked in UK Bar Chambers 2021     The Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Professional memberships

  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyer’s Association
  • Industrial Law Society
  • Jude is accredited to undertake public access work

Selected cases

  • Hill v Lloyds Bank Plc UKEAT/0173/19 - Click here for judgment
  • Igweike v TSB Bank Plc UKEAT/0119/19 - Click here for judgment 
  • Saloo v Interserve Learning and Employment (Services) Ltd 1800168/2020 - Click here for judgment
  • Dee v Suffolk County Council UKEAT/0180/18 - Click here for judgment 
  • Hein v London Underground Ltd 2200289/2018 - Click here for judgment 
  • Varvara v Pret a Manger (Europe) Ltd 2204980/2018 - Click here for judgment
  • Onyuta v London Underground Ltd 2204613/2018 - Click here for judgment  
  • Dhanda v TSB Bank Plc 3400025/2017 - Click here for judgment
  • Murphy v London Underground Ltd 3329462/2017 - Click here for judgment
  • Opoku v London Underground Ltd 3328554/2017 - Click here for judgment   
  • Bandara v British Broadcasting Corporation UKEAT/0335/15/JOJ
  • Deangate Ltd v Hatley and others [2015] ICR 890
  • Quadri v London Underground Ltd UKEAT/0176/16
  • Anglo Beef Processors Ltd v Longland and Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd UKEATS/0025/15
  • Makauskiene v Rentokil Initial Facilities Services (UK) Ltd [2014] All ER (D) 149
  • Haq and others v Audit Commission (Court of Appeal) [2013] IRLR 206
  • Prowse-Piper v Anglian Windows Ltd and others [2010] EWCA Civ 428
  • Bone v London Borough of Newham [2008] IRLR 546

News & Events

News & events

London Legal Walk

A team of barristers from 42 Bedford Row are walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust which funds Law Centres and pro bono agencies in and around London.

18th August 2021 Read more

Jude Shepherd delivers a webinar in partnership with Masterclass Training

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 to

25th July 2016 Read more

Haq -v- Audit Commission – Judgment

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 same

7th December 2012 Read more