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Daniel Shaw

Call 2007

Construction & Engineering

In addition to the international arbitration and domestic adjudication work exemplified in the lists above, Daniel is also regularly instructed to advise, draft pre-action correspondence, draft pleadings, and represent parties involved in construction, engineering, and general commercial litigation.  Examples of Daniel’s recent litigation instructions as sole Counsel include:

  • Representing parties at numerous unremarkable adjudication enforcement hearings before the High Court (TCC).
  • Advising and representing a Hollywood film producer in a dispute over construction works at his London home, against a main contractor.
  • Advising a purchaser in relation to a claim for defective repair and restoration works carried out on a £250,000 vintage automobile.
  • Advising and representing a main contractor in an application for a stay to arbitration.
  • Advising and representing a sub-contractor in relation to a claim made by a main contractor concerning a fire alarm at a large hospital in London.
  • Advising and representing a charity in relation to a defective roof at a meditation centre in England.
  • Advising and representing a building contractor in relation to a claim for unpaid fees concerning a residential development in Yorkshire.
  • Advising and representing a FTSE 50 executive in relation to a dispute with various parties concerning delays and defects at a self-build residential property.
  • Advising a subcontractor on the availability of a bona fide subcontractor defence.
  • Advising an Employer’s Agent as to whether he held a lien over his file pending payment of his fees by the Employer.
  • Advising the target in respect of a dispute arising out of the takeover of Swiss haulage/transport firm by a joint venture in relation to a dispute worth approximately £1m.
  • Advising a main contractor in respect of threatened litigation arising out of cladding of hotel in central London deemed defective following the fire at Grenfell Tower – JCT DB 2009 form.
  • Advising a specialist sub-contractor in respect of threatened litigation arising out of cladding of (inter alia) new build properties in White City, London, considered defective following the fire at Grenfell Tower.
  • Advising and representing an exporter in litigation against an insolvent service provider arising out of certification of meat products for export.
  • Advising an employer in respect of a professional negligence claim arising out of redevelopment of large residential property in Notting Hill, London.
  • Advising and representing a claimant in respect of a claim for non-payment, and defending a counterclaim concerning defects, arising out of the construction of a new road in west London.
  • Representing a national hotel chain in its defence of a claim for damages for breach of contract (including on appeal).
  • Advising a supplier of specialist products to the automotive industry as to a share and asset purchase by an Indian multinational.

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• Mould Senior Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
• Robin Jacob Discretionary Award, Gray’s Inn
• Albion Richardson Award, Gray’s Inn
• Sweet & Maxwell Prize (now known as the Thomson Reuters Law Prize)
• Michael Whincup Prize
• KJD (now Freeths) Prize
• Hudson Prize High Commendation
• Brooking Prize Commendation


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  • MSt Construction Engineering, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge (2013 – 2015)
  • Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent, BPP Law School, London (2006 – 2007)
  • LLB Law (First Class), University of Keele (2003 – 2006)


  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Constructors
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Society of Construction Law Australia
  • Technology & Construction Bar Association

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