Shane has a versatile commercial litigation practice, with a particular emphasis on civil fraud, IP, public law, and sports law. He is an experienced trial and appellate advocate, and is currently instructed as sole counsel in cases before the Court of Appeal, the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division. He also enjoys working as part of a team on larger cases (e.g. in a long running international arbitration and in the first intervention of a UN Special Rapporteur before the Supreme Court).

Shane has been Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel) since March 2015.


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Commercial

Shane has an extensive commercial practice, covering a broad range of contractual disputes, civil fraud (see below) and international arbitration, as well as matters involving intellectual property, restrictive covenants and insurance.

He is equally comfortable in large scale, strategic litigation as he is in fast paced proceedings for injunctive relief or enforcement. 

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Shane is particularly experienced in large-scale and complex fraud litigation, including interlocutory actions and enforcement proceedings. He also has considerable experience of international arbitration practice and procedure in a fraud context. He is currently instructed as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal on two matters involving fraud. 

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Public & Regulatory

Shane is interested in all spheres of public law practice. He is particularly experienced in public law matters with a commercial overlap. He also regularly acts in matters concerning terrorism, security and torture. 

Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel) since 2015.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Shane has considerable experience of acting pro bono in matters concerning terrorism, security and torture, and recently appeared as Junior Counsel in Belhaj v Straw , on behalf of the UN interveners.

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Employment

Shane also practices in employment law and is particularly interested in matters where commercial, employment and/or public law principles intersect. He has co-authored the chapter on third party liability (dealing with economic torts and knowing receipt) in the new edition of Paul Goulding QC (ed.) Employee Competition (OUP, 2016).

Shane is also very interested in discrimination law, and has acted in a variety of cases raising issues under the Equality Act 2010. 

Shane has gained substantial trial advocacy experience as sole counsel in a variety of substantive employment tribunal hearings, examples of which can be found below.

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Media & Entertainment

As part of his commercial practice Shane has been involved in a number of intellectual property cases within the sphere of Media and Entertainment. He has particular experience of litigation concerning mass online copyright infringement.

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Sport

Shane has acted in a range of cases involving sports regulators, clubs and agencies, including employment claims, commercial claims and appeals against disciplinary penalties. He is an avid rugby fan and regularly advises clubs on rugby disciplinary citations.

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Achievements

Education

BA (Oxon.) First Class (4th in year); BCL (Distinction)

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Pupil Advocacy Prize (Inner Temple, 2011)
  • Rawlinson Debating Cup: Winner (Inner Temple, 2010)
  • Thomas Finlay Intervarsity Moot: Finalist & Best Speaker (UCD Law Society, 2010)
  • Princess Royal Scholarship (Inner Temple, 2009 - 2010)
  • Freshfields Bruckhouse Deringer Scholarship (Oxford University, 2008)
  • Lincoln College Exhibitioner (Oxford University, 2005 – 2007)

Publications

Co-author of Third Party Liability, Chapter 3 in Paul Goulding QC (ed.) Employee Competition 3rd Edition (OUP, 2016)

Other Interests

Music, Travel, Rugby, Photography

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