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Daniel Shapiro QC

Call 1999 • QC 2019

"He has an excellent sense for strategy and great client handling skills."
(Legal 500 2020)

Commercial

Daniel advises, litigates and acts in arbitration in relation to commercial agreements for clients both within and outside the jurisdiction. Daniel regularly advises and litigates in claims arising out of SPAs, joint venture agreements, distribution agreements, commission agreements, agency agreements and agreements in relation to business start-up. Daniel regularly acts in respect of agreements between insurers and/or insurance brokers.

Selected Cases

  • Confidential proceedings arising out of an SPA – Daniel acts for the vendor of a substantial business in disputes arising out of the SPA.
  • AmTrust v TRG [2014] EWHC 3912 (Comm) & [2014] EWHC 4169 (Comm) & [2015] EWCA Civ 437; [2015] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 154 – Daniel acted for an Italian insurance broker in a dispute concerning brokerage commission.
  • Global Draw v IGT [2014] EWHC 2973 (Comm) – Daniel acts for the vendor of a video gaming company in respect of various claims arising out of the SPA.
  • Grup v Philips – Daniel acted for Grup, a Turkish distributor of baby products, in relation to the termination of an exclusive distribution agreement for baby feeding products.
  • Paratus v Connells – Daniel acted for Paratus in this matter concerning the proper construction or rectification of a settlement agreement.
  • LCP Holdings v Hombergh Holding BV – Daniel acted for the Defendant in the dispute in relation to the acquisition of a global steel business.
  • Zoran Stoyanovich v Brompton’s Auctioneers Ltd – Daniels acts for the defendant in this dispute concerning the sale of fine musical instruments.
  • RRT Holdings Establishment v Shafique [2012] EWHC 860 (Comm) – Daniel acted for the successful claimant in this dispute between two Formula 1 Agents in relation to driver fees.
  • Dhanani v Crasnianski [2011] EWHC 926 (Comm); [2011] 2 All ER (Comm) 799 – Daniel was instructed for the successful defendant in relation to a significant dispute concerning the potential creation of a private equity fund which was the subject of a two week trial before Teare J. Daniel was led by Roger Ter Haar QC.
  • Ogilvie v Hiscox (2010) – Daniel acts for Ogilvie in a claim against insurers. He successfully resisted an application to stay a Commercial Court claim under the Arbitration Act notwithstanding an express arbitration clause.
  • The Buncefield Incident – Between May 2006 and February 2011 Daniel was been heavily involved in the litigation arising out of the explosion at the Buncefield Oil Terminal in Hertfordshire. With Michael Harvey QC, Daniel advised Total UK Ltd and Chevron, the shareholders in a joint venture, Hertfordshire Oil Storage Ltd, in relation to issues where there was no conflict between them. Latterly, when Total was found to be liable, he continued to be instructed to advise Total on such issues.
  • BP v Total UK Ltd – Daniel acted, with Michael Harvey QC, for Total in relation to a claim in excess of £30,000,000 brought by BP arising out of the Buncefield explosion.
  • Shell v Total UK Ltd – Daniel acted, led by Michael Harvey QC, for Total in relation to a claim in excess of £200,000,000 brought by Shell arising out of the Buncefield explosion.
  • Blackstone v Total UK Ltd – Daniel acted, with Michael Harvey QC, for Total in relation to a claim in excess of £75,000,000 brought by part of the Blackstone property group in relation to a private equity investment in a large regional distribution centre, known as “Mammoth”.
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Qualifications


  • CPE / Diploma in Law (Distinction – Inner Temple Bursary 1997), City University (1997 – 1998)
  • BA Hons, Merton College, University of Oxford (1994 – 1997)
  • George Webb Medley Prize in Economics, Oxford University (1996)
  • Merton College Exhibition (1995 & 1996)

Memberships


  • COMBAR
  • PNBA
  • TECBAR

Rankings


  • Winner: Insurance Junior of the Year, Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2016.
  • Shortlisted: Professional Negligence Junior of the Year, Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2018 and 2012.
  • Daniel is recommended in Who’s Who Legal, for both Professional Negligence and Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Daniel is recommended by Chambers & Partners as a leading junior for Professional Negligence, Insurance, Property Damage and Energy & Natural Resources.
  • Daniel is recommended by Chambers Global as a leading junior for Energy & Natural Resources.
  • Daniel is recommended by Legal 500 as a leading junior for Professional Negligence and Insurance & Reinsurance.

Recommendations


“He is working far beyond his call and seniority.”

Chambers UK 2020

“Good on his feet, good with clients and able to turn things round efficiently.”

Chambers UK 2020

“He is really sharp-witted and excellent in conference; he’s great on the black letter law but has an excellent balance of strategic legal advice and commercial advice.”

Chambers UK 2020

“He is very down to earth and sensible in how he approaches cases, and is persistent in court, in a good way.”

Chambers UK 2020

“He has an excellent sense for strategy and great client handling skills.”

Legal 500 2019

“Daniel Shapiro is “a very impressive and experienced advocate” recognised for his “calm and authoritative court presence”.”

Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2018

“A barrister already working at silk level, he is extremely quick and very bright, and has an extraordinary courtroom presence. He is a very skilled presenter and cross-examiner.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018

“A very effective and analytical junior,” who is “highly tenacious and very energetic.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018

“He is very commercially minded, very bright, cuts through the facts and gets to the issue quickly. He’s very good on his feet as well.”

Chambers UK 2016

“Quickly identifies the key issues and provides practical and commercial advice.”

Chambers UK 2016

“An experienced and effective advocate.”

Chambers UK 2016

“He is a very well-rounded senior junior who really gets the bit between his teeth when instructed on a case.”

Chambers UK 2015


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