Shane is a highly rated senior junior with a strong commercial practice and a particular focus on civil 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 also regularly works as part of a larger team, in particular in complex commercial disputes and arbitrations.      

Shane is a member of the Attorney General's B Panel of counsel 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 current legal directories for commercial litigation, civil fraud, media and entertainment (Chambers & Partners; Legal 500) and sport (Legal 500). Recent comments include: 

"A phenomenal talent." (Chambers UK 2022)

"An absolute star – extremely bright, gets stuck into the detail, very commercial and client friendly. One of the most responsive and helpful barristers." (Legal 500 2022)

"An amazing junior, with a fantastic capacity to roll sleeves up and jump into a new complicated case." (Legal 500 2021)

Significant recent work highlights include: 

  • Vale SA v Steinmetz: US$2bn fraud claim concerning a joint venture for the mining of iron ore in the Republic of Guinea. Shane acted for the Second Defendant. The claims were all dismissed with indemnity costs.
  • Suppipat & Ors v Narogdej & Ors: US$1-2bn claim for fraud, breach of contract and unlawful means conspiracy involving 16 defendants and proceedings (substantive and injunctive) across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Jinxin Inc v Aser Media Pte Ltd: US$700m claim brought by a Chinese consortium in connection with the purchase of a majority shareholding in an international sports rights business, which became insolvent.
  • Galapagos Bidco SARL v Kebekus: acting for first and seventh defendants in English declaratory proceedings concerning the disputed restructuring of 1.1bn euros of debt by (inter alia) the claimant and its ultimate owners and controllers.
  • Advising the Home Office in relation to the Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme.
  • Advising the Prison Service in relation to the legality of systemic measures taken in response to Covid-19.
  • R (ex parte Majera) v SSHD: acted succesfully for the intervener in an important Supreme Court case on the constitutional principle that a court order must be obeyed until and unless it is set aside or varied by the Court, or overruled by legislation.
  • Advising a well known pop star in relation to the termination of agreements with their manager, publisher and associated agents. 
  • Advising a national football association in connection with UEFA's ban on Russian football teams from participating in competitions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

Experience

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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 is a member of the Attorney General's B Panel of counsel. 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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