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Daniel Shapiro KC

Call 1999 • KC 2019

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

Energy & Natural Resources

Daniel has extensive experience in the TCC, arbitration and adjudication in relation to energy claims and construction. He spent five years acting for HOSL, Chevron and latterly Total in matters relating to Buncefield. He is regularly instructed on insurance issues arising out of energy matters. Recently he has acted in a significant number of cases involving wind farms (both onshore and offshore) and offshore oil platforms. He is experienced in disputes concerning the negligence of construction professionals including surveyors, engineers, architects and project managers. He is often instructed in insurance disputes arising out of construction contracts. He appears regularly in the TCC in flood and fire claims, including the effective case management of some 124 claims arising out of the Buncefield Incident before Ramsey J.

Daniel accepts appointments as an adjudicator and is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator. He has acted for both employers and contractors in adjudication. He is a TECBAR accredited Adjudicator and accepts appointments as Adjudicator in all types of construction dispute.

Daniel is the Assistant Editor of Emden on Construction Law and the author and editor of the chapter in Emden: “Formation of the Contract, Mistake and Misrepresentation”.

Selected Cases

  • Trenchless – Daniel acts in relation to a construction and insurance dispute arising out of microtunnelling under railways.
  • Confidential adjudication proceedings – Daniel acted in relation to one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms leading Richard Sage and Caroline McColgan.
  • Confidential adjudication proceedings – Daniel acted in relation to the steel decking and structure of a luxury London hotel.
  • Confidential arbitration proceedings – Daniel acted in confidential arbitration proceedings concerning defective wind turbines.
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  • 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)


  • PNBA


  • Daniel is recommended by Chambers & Partners as a leading silk for Professional Negligence, Insurance, and Property Damage.
  • Daniel is recommended by Legal 500 as a leading silk for Professional Negligence and Insurance & Reinsurance.
  • Daniel is a recommended silk in Who’s Who Legal, for both Professional Negligence and Insurance and Reinsurance.
  • 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 very user-friendly, bright and commercially minded. He gains a detailed understanding of large volumes of documentation quickly. He is always practical and to the point.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“An extremely impressive all-rounder. Intellectually very strong, he writes thorough and detailed advice, but in a writing style that is nevertheless engaging and accessible. When advising in conference, his ability to set out complex legal arguments and strategy for clients is a particular strength and one that sets him apart from his contemporaries.”

Legal 500, 2022

“A very impressive and persuasive advocate who is completely dedicated to getting the right result for his clients. He is very proactive and user-friendly.” “He’s very popular, effective and produces learned opinions.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Daniel has a very sharp intelligence. His drafting is thorough, and he is very robust in putting forward the best case/defence possible.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is extremely knowledgeable and is not afraid to make a call and stand behind it.”

Legal 500, 2021

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

Chambers & Partners, 2020

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

Chambers & Partners, 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 & Partners, 2020

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

Chambers & Partners, 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, 2018

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