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Neil Shah

Barrister
Call 2008

About Me

Neil has a broad practice both in line and beyond chambers’ primary areas of specialisation. He welcomes instructions in a number of areas, in particular:

– Court of Protection & Mental Health
– Judicial Review (in particular concerning adult and social care matters and those arising out of the Children Act 1989)
– Human Rights
– Genetics
– Family (children, matrimonial finance and matters arising out of the Family Law Act 1996)
– Cohabitation claims and property disputes (in particular those arising under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (ToLATA))

Although commencing life at the Bar as a family specialist Neil has always maintained an interest and experience beyond his core practice areas which allows him to offer cross discipline advice and representation. His practice now covers a range of fields where he nevertheless retains the ability to offer specialist expertise. Neil has appeared at all levels of court up to and including the Court of Appeal and has received judicial praise for his written and oral advocacy on a number of occasions (beginning with one of the very first cases he conducted during his second six pupillage and including one High Court matter where his skeleton argument was described as “immaculate”).

Neil is well known for his thorough, focused and meticulous preparation as well his passionate belief in client care and working to the highest standards. Clients particularly appreciate the intellectual rigour that he brings to their cases together with his ability to confidently and robustly put forward their position while remaining polite, personable and approachable.

Neil appears frequently in the Court of Protection acting for P (through the Official Solicitor or other litigation friend), local authorities and family members. In family children cases Neil now predominantly acts for the children involved and has experience dealing with a range of complex issues including allegations of severe domestic violence, sexual abuse, substance abuse and where mental health issues become a relevant feature. He maintains a strong finance practice (be it financial remedy proceedings, those brought under Schedule 1 or cohabitation claims under TOLATA) and has been instructed in a number of difficult disputes involving, amongst other things, trusts, complex business structures, assets outside the jurisdiction, third party assets and intervenors. He has also represented clients at mediation appointments.

As part of the Pegasus Scholarship Neil spent the latter part of 2015 seconded to Thorndon Chambers in Wellington, New Zealand where he worked on a broad range of commercial and public law cases including several judicial reviews. Notable examples include appearing as junior counsel in the High Court of New Zealand (led by Francis Cooke QC and Matthew Smith) in a proposed class action insurance dispute arising out the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011; assisting with the defence to a judicial review challenge concerning the length of Wellington Airport’s Runway RESA (Runway End Safety Area); and drafting submissions in a New Zealand Bill of Rights Act matter concerning the ability of the New Zealand Parole Board to impose certain curfew restrictions on a parolee.

Prior to coming to the Bar Neil studied law at the London School of Economics and Political Science from which he graduated with a First Class Honours degree (placing within the top ten out of over 160 students). He subsequently undertook the Bar Vocational Course at BPP Law School before completing pupillage and joining chambers as a tenant in October 2010. To complement his practice Neil decided to undertake further study by reading for the University of Oxford’s Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) – widely regarded as one of the most challenging degrees in the common law world. Neil’s studies focused principally on human rights law in a range of different contexts; he graduated with Distinction in 2013.

Adult and Social Care
Children
Court of Protection
Family Finance
Genetics
Human Rights
International
Judicial Review
Mental Health

Education

LLB (First Class Honours) (LSE)
BVC (Very Competent) (BPP Law School)
BCL (Distinction) (Oxon)

 

Professional Memberships

Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association
Human Rights Lawyers’ Association
Middle Temple

A (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 1718

Southern Response Unresolved Claims Group v Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd [2016] NZHC 245 (High Court of New Zealand)

X & anor v Z (Children) & anor (Secretary of State for the Home Department intervening) [2015] EWCA 34

Re Z (Children) [2014] EWHC 1999

Chambers Awards

Chambers UK Bar
Leading Set 2019

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The Legal 500
Leading Set 2018

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Family Law Awards
Shortlisted for 2018 Awards

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