Shane has a versatile commercial practice, with a particular focus on commercial fraud, arbitration, intellectual property and sports disputes. He has considerable experience as a trial advocate, and has been instructed as sole counsel in a number of Court of Appeal cases. He regularly works as part of a team on larger commercial disputes in the English Courts and international arbitrations.      

Shane also practices in public law. He is on the Attorney General's "C" Panel 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 2018) and the media & entertainment sector (Chambers and Partners 2018; Legal 500 2018).


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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.

He has co-authored a chapter on economic torts and knowing receipt in the new edition of Paul Goulding QC (ed.) Employee Competition (OUP, 2016). 

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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 has been instructed as junior counsel in the Supreme Court on a number of cases involving human rights and international law. He was junior counsel in the first UN special rapporter intervention in the Supreme Court (Belhaj v Straw [2017] UKSC 3) and has also acted pro bono for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (FA (Pakistan) (UKSC/2016/167). 

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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 in a recent 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 domestic and international tribunals and arbitrations. He acted successfully as sole counsel for the English Football League intervening in Ipswich Town FC v Chief Constable of Suffolk [2017] EWCA Civ 1484, a landmark decision concerning charges for the policing of football matches.

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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