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Daniel Shapiro

Call 1999

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

Property Damage

Daniel has extensive experience of acting in property damage claims arising out of explosions, fires and floods. He acts for both claimants and defendants, but often in subrogated claims. Daniel was heavily involved in the litigation arising out of the explosion at the Buncefield Oil Terminal in Hertfordshire, representing Hertfordshire Oil Storage, Chevron and latterly Total and was instructed to defend many of the larger or trickier property damage claims. His property damage practice has developed from there, clients appreciating his hands-on approach and willingness to think around problems. Daniel recognises that property damage claims are typically about achieving a recovery efficiently. He is committed to getting the best commercial result for the client.

Selected Cases

  • Hiscox v Precious Marble and TPN Electrical; Daniel is defending electrical contractors in respect of a claim for property damage arising out of an escape of water followed by a fire.
  • Prezzo v High Point Estates [2018] EWHC 1851 (TCC). Daniel acted for Prezzo in this dispute as to the application and scope of the principle in Berni Inns.
  • SFS Fire Services v Ashworth Frazer Ltd – Daniel acted for the defendant in respect of a claim relating to flooding of the archive of the Motor Manufacturers.
  • 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.
  • York Neuro Imaging (2) The University of York v VPS (UK) Ltd – Daniel acted for the owners of a
  • substantial commercial building in a claim arising out of substantial flooding resulting from the heating and ventilation system.
  • Endeavour drilling – Daniel acts for a drilling company in a claim arising out of damage to electricity cables.
  • Mood Developments Ltd v VPS (UK) Ltd – Daniel acted for security service providers in a claim in respect of flooding at a property.
  • CB Transport Refrigeration Limited v Iveco & Others – Daniel acted in a claim in respect of damage to a commercial damage by fire.
  • A group of 124 different claimants v Total UK Ltd – Daniel was responsible for the defence of a group of 124 commercial claimants’ claims in the Technology and Construction Court across 2009 and 2010.
  • Keystone v Total UK Ltd – Daniel acted for Total in relation to a claim in excess of £80,000,000 brought by Keystone, the distributor for McDonald’s Restaurants in the UK.
  • NPIA v Total UK Ltd – Daniel acted in relation to the defence of a claim in excess of £12,000,000 brought by the National Police Improvements Agency.
  • West London Oil Pipelines & United Kingdom Oil Pipelines v Total UK Ltd – Daniel acted for Total in relation to a claim in excess of £200,000,000 brought by the operators of the oil distribution pipelines and terminals feeding Heathrow Airport. The claim involved highly technical evidence as to the appropriate reconstruction of oil terminal and pipeline systems.
  • Triumph Motorcycles – Daniel was instructed on behalf of Triumph Motorcycles to recover losses sustained in a factory fire caused by a petrol fuelling system.
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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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