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Daniel Shapiro

Call 1999

"Insurance Junior of the Year"
(Chambers UK 2016)

Professional Liability

Daniel regularly acts both for and against a variety of professionals, including insurance brokers, solicitors, barristers, independent financial advisors (IFAs), surveyors, architects, engineers, structural engineers and expert witnesses. The calibre of Daniel’s professional negligence practice is reflected in Jones v Kaney and is recognised in the directories. Clients appreciate Daniel’s clear strategic advice and his experience and knowledge in the area of professional negligence.

Daniel has experience of acting in professional negligence type claims in respect of non-standard professionals including nautical engineers, restaurant kitchen designers and fireworks display designers. Daniel also acts in professional regulatory and disciplinary matters.

Daniel is the author of “Mitchell and Denton: injustice and professional negligence claims” P.N. 2014, 30(3), 145-157.

Selected Cases

  • Liddle v Atha [2018] EWHC 1751 (QB): Daniel acts for Atha in this solicitors’ negligence action and on appeal.
  • Dalamd v Butterworth Spengler [2018] EWHC 2558 (Comm) – Daniel defended Butterworth Spengler against a claim for insurance broking negligence arising out of property damage, business interruption and CAR policies. Daniel led Mek Mesfin.
  • Cayton Law v DWF, Baker Tilley.  Daniel acted for Cayton Law in an experts’ and solicitors negligence action.
  • Two groups of claimants v Birchall Blackburn LLP – Daniel acts for two groups of claimants claiming losses from the defendant solicitors arising out of the purchase of foreign properties.
  • Wilshire v Churchers – Daniel acted for the defendant solicitors in a claim arising out of the alleged loss of pension rights in the settlement of ancillary relief proceedings.
  • Involnert Management Inc v Aprilgrange Ltd [2015] EWHC 2225 (Comm); [2015] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 289; [2015] Lloyd’s Rep IR 661; and [2015] EWHC 2834 (Comm); [2015] 5 Costs L.R. 813 – Daniel acted for the Greek producing broker in respect of a claim arising out of the placing of a yacht hull and increased value insurance policy.
  • Whibley v Strachan, (2) Thompsons Solicitors – Daniel acted in defence of a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon expert witness.
  • Smith v Eversheds (a firm) [2014] EWHC 2622 (Ch) – Daniel acted for the defendant in a claim for an alleged breach of a solicitors’ undertaking.
  • Aylward v (1) Hunt and (2) Sutton – Daniel was instructed by the Claimant against the solicitor and barrister who represented the Claimant in criminal proceedings.
  • McGuinness v Bank of Scotland – He was instructed for a buy-to-let purchaser bringing a claim against the valuer for negligent misstatement.
  • Excel v Stevens Scanlan – He acted for the defendant surveyors in a commercial property valuation claim.
  • BPE & Others v Fox – Daniel acted for the Claimant against an allegedly negligent medical expert witness.
  • MMR vaccine group litigation – Daniel was instructed on behalf of the defendant solicitor.
  • Jones v Kaney [2011] UKSC 13; [2011] 2 WLR 823; The Times, 31 March 2011; (First instance: [2010] EWHC 61 (QB); [2010] 2 All ER 649) – Daniel acted for Mr Jones at first instance and in the Supreme Court in this landmark decision abolishing partial expert witness immunity. The claim was against an expert psychologist who was negligent in the agreement of an expert’s joint statement.
  • Leonard v Byrt [2008] EWCA Civ 20 – Acted for the claimants, instructed by the Bar Pro Bono Unit in a claim against a barrister, solicitor and expert metallurgist.
  • Sinclair Roche & Temperley (a firm) v Somatra [2003] EWCA Civ 1474, [2003] 2 Lloyds Rep 855, CA; [2002] EWHC 1627 (Comm) – Daniel acted for the defendant solicitors in this action arising out of the settlement of a marine insurance dispute.
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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 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


“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

“He’s extremely hands-on and very good at thinking around problems.”

Chambers UK 2015

“His tactical abilities are outstanding and he is extremely good with clients.”

Legal 500 2015

“He’s a savvy advocate. He reads the court well and pitches his arguments well”.

Chambers UK 2014

“He is clever and practical. One can work with him flexibly.”

Chambers UK 2014

“Ferociously bright and gets straight to the point.” “Very responsive and user friendly.”

Legal 500 2014


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