David Sheppard (Capital Law)

David Sheppard

David has advised employers and employees on all aspects of employment law, contentious and non-contentious, for over 10 years.

David has wide experience in acting for the public sector, as well as private. He advises and represents clients on numerous employment tribunal claims and provides advice on complex non-contentious issues, including the calculation of holiday entitlement for term-time workers, TUPE implications for shared services, bringing in-house GP out of hours services and advising on laws regulating picket lines during period of industrial action.

David regularly publishes articles on current employment law issues, most recently relating to how to manage employees facing drink driving charges.

He undertakes pro bono work at the Cardiff Law Centre, and often advises individuals at employment law clinics in Cardiff.   David is also a parent governor at his sons’ local primary school and is familiar with issues in the education sector and governance requirements.

David provides training on implementation of the national minimum wage, employment law updates for HR practitioners and on employment status in the gig economy. He recently provided a one-day training event for aspiring managers on discrimination law, managing difficult conversations and disciplinary processes.

  • Advising a further education organisation on the TUPE implications of acquiring another institution, including the appropriate information and consultation obligations, and protections to the transferring employees. David has also advised on restructuring of support staff within the organisation, including redundancy consultation.
  • Advising an international airline of several employment law matters, including the termination of outsourcing agreements with suppliers, the TUPE implications of this and detailed advice on the necessary information and consultation obligations under TUPE.
  • Providing employment law advice on the acquisition of an independent financial advice firm, including due diligence requirements and the implications of TUPE.
  • Assisting an international telecommunications company on the TUPE aspects of a framework service level agreement with an IT support company, including drafting appropriate indemnities and transfer arrangements.
  • Assisting a major FE college in Wales in the defence of an employment tribunal claim, which has included preparation of its ET3 response and strategy for striking out the claim on jurisdictional points, and negotiated a successful outcome for the college.
  • Providing ongoing advice to a SME on the disciplinary process and dismissal of its CEO for gross misconduct defence of potential employment tribunal claims.
  • Business restructuring
  • Consultation exercises
  • Contract and policy drafting
  • Employment tribunals
  • Exit strategies
  • Redundancy programmes
  • Service agreements
  • Settlement agreements
  • TUPE
  • Discrimination issues

Career

  • Associate Solicitor, Capital Law Limited (Jan 2017 – present)
  • Senior Associate, Slater and Gordon Lawyers (UK) (Jun 2016 – Nov 2016)
  • Senior Solicitor, Clarkslegal LLP (Dec 2015 – Jun 2016)
  • Associate and Solicitor, MLM Cartwright Solicitors (Apr 2008 – Dec 2015)
  • Solicitor, Geldards LLP (Sept 2005 – Apr 2008)

Education

  • Cardiff Law School: LPC, Commendation (2004 – 2005)
  • University of Oxford: BA Jurisprudence Law, First Class Hons (2001 – 2004)

Memberships

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Parent Governor of Ystrad Mynach Primary School