Ben Shaw > Erskine Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Erskine Chambers


Ben has a busy practice which is divided equally between litigation and transactional work covering company law, corporate insolvency and restructuring and general commercial litigation and arbitration. Ben’s transactional work has included both creditor and member schemes of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006, numerous reductions of capital and other reserves for listed public companies and cross-border mergers under the Companies (Cross-Border Mergers) Regulations 2007. Ben also has experience of advising on a wide range of company and corporate governance issues. In recent years, Ben’s litigation practice has included instructions in some of the most significant large-scale insolvencies, including Lehman, MF Global and Kaupthing. In 2013, Ben acted for the respondent companies in Prest v Petrodel, the landmark decision on piercing the corporate veil.


Called Lincoln’s Inn 2002.

Co-author of “The Law of Majority Shareholder Power” (2nd edition, 2017) published by Oxford University Press.




COMBAR; Chancery Bar Association.


BA; BCL (Oxon).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Ben ShawErskine Chambers ‘Ben is very approachable and works very well as part of a team.’

Company law heavyweight Erskine Chambers has particular strength in areas where insolvency meets banking and finance or civil fraud. The liquidation of Carillion led to some of chambers’ most notable work in this area, Andrew Thompson KC acting for its five non-executive directors and James Potts KC representing its former finance director in directors’ disqualification proceedings. CVAs have been a notable trend and leading insolvency silk Peter Arden KC has led Ben Shaw on a number of these, including acting for a group of landlords challenging the New Look CVA, the leading case on CVAs in the retail industry.

London Bar > Company

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Ben ShawErskine Chambers ‘Ben is very approachable and works very well as part of a team. He explains complex matters very clearly.’