Shane has a strong commercial practice, with a particular focus on commercial fraud, arbitration, intellectual property and sports disputes. He has extensive experience as a trial advocate, and has appeared unled in the Court of Appeal. He regularly works as part of a larger team, in particular in complex commercial disputes and arbitrations.      

Shane was appointed to the Attorney General's C Panel in March 2015 and has acted (for and against the Government) in a number of human rights cases in the Supreme Court.

Shane is recognised as a leading junior in the legal directories for his expertise in civil fraud (Legal 500 2019) and the media & entertainment sector (Chambers and Partners 2020; Legal 500 2019).


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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 balances instructions as sole counsel with larger-scale litigation involving teams of counsel. 

He has co-authored a chapter on economic torts and knowing receipt in  Paul Goulding QC (ed.) Employee Competition (Third Edition) 

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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. 

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Public & Regulatory

Shane accepts instructions across all areas of public law and has been Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel) since 2015. He is particularly experienced in public law matters with a commercial element. He recently appeared in the Supreme Court for the Government in two joined expedited appeals challenging social welfare legislation.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Shane accepts pro bono instructions on human rights and international law matters, and has appeared in a number Supreme Court cases in that area. He is regularly instructed as junior counsel by the UNHCR on Refugee Convention matters: FA (Pakistan), WA (Pakistan), AS (Afghanistan). He was junior counsel in the first UN special rapporter intervention in the Supreme Court (Belhaj v Straw [2017] UKSC 3) (on extraordinary rendition).

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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 appeared successfully as sole counsel in a high profile claim against Lucasfilm (John v Lucasfilm [2018] EWHC 624 (QB). He also 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, in the English Courts and in international arbitrations. He is currently instructed as junior counsel for WADA in a novel claim by an athlete for private law damages arising out of doping proceedings. He has had a number of recent instructions relating to Formula One, and is also regularly instructed by the FA in Rule K arbitrations. Shane also enjoys acting for players in rugby discplinary hearings. 

He is a co-editor of the Blackstone Chambers Sports Law Bulletin

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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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