Brick Court Chambers

Sophie Shaw

Sophie Shaw

YEAR OF CALL: 2015

Sophie has a broad practice across the range of work undertaken in Chambers, with a particular focus on commercial litigation and arbitration.

Examples of current and recent instructions include:

  • Acting for Ingenious Media in litigation concerning the sale and promotion of film finance investment schemes (led by Tim Lord QC and Simon Birt QC).
  • Contact v Travelers (TCC): a dispute concerning the liability of an insurance company to indemnify the claimant for losses arising from damage to a printing press (led by Thomas Plewman QC).
  • An SCC arbitration concerning the copying of a technical specification for a chemical plant (led by Charles Hollander QC and Nicholas Saunders).
  • Marashen v Kenvett [2017] EWHC 1706 (Ch): an appeal concerning service out of the jurisdiction and alternative service in a case to which the Hague Service Convention is applicable (led by Simon Salzedo QC).
  • Advising on a possible arbitration for an unfair prejudice petition against partners in an EIS investment partnership (led by Charles Hollander QC).
  • Advising an NHS Trust on the strength of its claim for breach of contract against a supplier of locum staff.

Sophie read law at Clare College, Cambridge (including an exchange year at Utrecht University).  She gained the top first in Part II, winning prizes for Equity and EU law, and subsequently achieved a first on the LLM.

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  • Commercial M

    Sophie practices across the full range of the commercial work in Chambers, and has appeared led and unled in the High Court and County Court.

    Examples of current and recent instructions include:

    • Acting for Ingenious Media in litigation concerning the sale and promotion of film finance investment schemes (led by Tim Lord QC and Simon Birt QC).
    • Contact v Travelers (TCC): a dispute concerning the liability of an insurance company to indemnify the claimant for losses arising from damage to a printing press (led by Thomas Plewman QC).
    • An SCC arbitration concerning the copying of a technical specification for a chemical plant (led by Charles Hollander QC and Nicholas Saunders).
    • Marashen v Kenvett [2017] EWHC 1706 (Ch): an appeal concerning service out of the jurisdiction and alternative service in a case to which the Hague Service Convention was applicable (led by Simon Salzedo QC).
    • Advising on a possible arbitration for an unfair prejudice petition against partners in an EIS investment partnership (led by Charles Hollander QC).
    • Advising an NHS Trust on the strength of its claim for breach of contract against a supplier of locum staff.
    • Phonographic Performance Limited v Ioannou: successfully defending an application for default judgment in the High Court against an employee said to have infringed the rights of PPL.

    As a pupil, Sophie assisted with the following cases:

    • Mutual Energy v Starr Underwriting: an insurance claim concerning the failure of subsea cables (sitting with Nicholas Saunders).
    • Catalyst Managerial Services v Libya Africa Investment Portfolio: a claim concerning the provision of managerial services to the Libya Africa Investment Portfolio (sitting with Nicholas Saunders).
    • Prudential Guarantee and Assurance v Marsh: a breach of confidentiality claim between an insurer and a broker (sitting with Stephen Midwinter).
    • Energy Venture Partners v Commissioner of the Police for the Metropolis: a claim brought against the police alleging that officers had committed the tort of deceit in the discharge of their duties (sitting with Stephen Midwinter).
    • An arbitration concerning Directors and Officers’ Liability insurance policies (sitting with Stephen Midwinter).
  • EU/Competition M

    As a pupil, Sophie assisted with the following matters:

    • SeaFrance v CMA, an appeal to the Supreme Court concerning when the merger control rules apply to dormant/insolvent companies under the Enterprise Act 2002 (as a pupil sitting with Kelyn Bacon QC).
    • Accord v Astellas, a case in the High Court concerning the legality of reliance on German reference product to obtain a marketing authorisation in the United Kingdom (as a pupil sitting with Kelyn Bacon QC). 
  • Public Law M

    While sitting with Kelyn Bacon QC as a pupil, Sophie assisted with Tann UK Limited and others v Secretary of State for Health, a judicial review concerning the lawfulness of the 'Plain Packaging' Regulations in the United Kingdom.

  • Education & Qualifications M

    Education

    2015-16 Pupillage, Brick Court Chambers

    2014-15 BPTC, BPP Law School (Outstanding)

    2013-14 LLM, Clare College, Cambridge (1st Class)

    2009-13 BA (Hons) Law, Clare College, Cambridge (1st Class, 1st in year)

    2011-12 Erasmus Exchange, Utrecht University

    Scholarships and prizes

    University of Cambridge:

    • Slaughter and May Prize for Best Overall Performance in Part II Law (2013)
    • Clifford Chance Prize for European Union Law (2013)
    • 3 Verulam Buildings Prize for Equity (2013)
    • Rebecca Flower Squire Scholarship (2013)

    Clare College, Cambridge:

    • Clare College LLM Scholarship (2013-2014)
    • William Senior Prize for Law, Clare College, University of Cambridge (2013)

    Middle Temple:

    • JJ Powell Prize, Middle Temple (2015)
    • Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple (2015)
    • Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple (2014)

    Other:

    • Bar European Group Phoenicia Scholar (2016)
    • BPP Excellence Award (2014)