Keith is a member of the professional misconduct and criminal law team, based in Thompsons’ Dagenham office which covers London and South East England.
Having qualified in 2003 as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, Keith is a committed legal executive with a busy practice, instructed by various unions across the country to act in criminal cases, professional disciplinary proceedings and inquest work.
His criminal practice encompasses a wide spectrum including offences of violence, sexual offences, drugs, dishonesty offences, financial crime and motoring offences.
Keith also acts for union members facing allegations of professional misconduct at all stages of proceedings, from interim orders to post-adjudication reviews. Due to his vast experience, he is familiar with the legal principles underpinning all healthcare regulators and equipped to deal with any case. His regulatory practice involves fitness to practise proceedings brought by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health and Care Professions Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Association of Child Psychotherapists.
He also has extensive experience of jury and coroner-only inquest hearings, representing trade union clients as interested parties in hearings over several weeks’ duration. Keith has represented prison officers for over 18 years at inquests following deaths in custody from suicide, murder by another inmate, suicide occurring during a strike.
Keith joined Thompsons because of its commitment to the Labour movement and the fact that it will only represent workers, never employers. This, he believes, makes it stand out from other law firms. His main aim is to always ensure his clients receive prompt advice and the best representation possible.
Outside work, he is a keen runner and ran a marathon in 2016 for the charity Headway for which he raised over £2000. In addition, he likes to play golf and football.
Keith's Case Experience
NMC v NG
Keith’s client was accused of not being fit to practise, allegedly because of a lack of competence. There were a total of 34 charges, almost all of which were technical in nature. Seven of the charges were dismissed after submissions were made detailing arguments as to why there was no case to answer; a further nine were dismissed after Keith submitted further evidence showing that there was no basis for the allegations.
R v EC 2016
As a result of his careful case preparation which involved combing complex and extensive evidence, Keith successfully defended his client, a mental health nurse, against an allegation of sexual assault on a colleague whilst on duty at work.
“The support from yourself [...] has been greatly appreciated and you have been consistently professional, empathetic, communicative and diligent."
“I am glad I was referred to Mr Keith Sheppard for support with my case. I was extremely pleased with the hard work he put in. He always followed up progress with my case and kept me informed at all times[…]. We achieved a great result and I was particularly impressed with Mr Sheppard and his overall conduct of this case."