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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)

Product Liability

Daniel Shapiro QC is instructed in technically complicated product liability cases, typically in commercial situations raising significant legal issues, often involving multiple contracts.  Testament to his skill is that he is typically instructed in difficult claims of substantial value raising particular scientific and expert issues which require a high degree of Counsel input.  Much of his product liability work is pre-action or pre-arbitration and results in the early satisfactory resolution of disputes.  He acts for and on behalf of a wide range of commercial clients, generally in conjunction with their product liability insurers.  He has acted in relation to a wide range of consumer and commercial products, for example: children’s shampoo; equestrian air-bag jackets, brake pads, power generators, and milking parlours. Daniel also regularly acts in professional negligence disputes arising out of product liability claims and in relation to cover under product liability insurance policies.

Selected Cases

  • Wheatley v Hit Air; Daniel is defending the supplier of an equestrian air bag jacket.  Daniel is leading Adam Taylor.
  • Hufford v Samsung Electronics (UK) Ltd [2014] EWHC 2956 (TCC); [2014] 1 BLR 634 – Daniel acted for the defendant in respect of an allegedly defective fridge-freezer which it was determined had not caused a fire.
  • AFT – Daniel acted in respect of a number of actions concerning allegedly defective glue.
  • Renold v Holroyd – Daniel acted for the Claimant in a claim for damage caused by the non-operation of a fire suppression system.
  • Inhealth v Cruickshank – He acted for the Claimant in respect of a fire in an MRI scanner.
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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.


“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

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

Chambers & Partners, 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 & Partners, 2016

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