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Stephen Shaw – Lamb Chambers 'A calming influence on clients and a good listener', Lamb Chambers' Stephen Shaw was accredited in 1999, and has focused exclusively on mediation since 2007. He practises as a mediator of a broad range of property and commercial disputes, as well as insurance-related personal injury and professional indemnity claims.
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Located in Temple, the heart of London’s legal district, Lamb Chambers is a highly respected set with more than 50 barristers who can assist you with specialist advocacy and advice across the whole legal spectrum. We are committed to understanding your needs, offering advice and representation that is aimed at achieving the best possible outcome.
Commercial – We have a strong track record of success in major commercial litigation, acting for clients across a broad range of commercial matters. We offer specialist expertise in banking & finance, company law, consumer law, Intellectual property & media, partnerships, professional negligence, sale & carriage of goods and employment.
Property – Our leading property team undertake both litigation and advisory work, and regularly appear before courts at all levels, and before all tribunals. We have particularly expertise in handling commercial landlord and tenant; development and planning; housing (social and privately rented); leasehold and leasehold management and real property.
Construction – We advise in all aspects of domestic and international construction and engineering. The team are highly regarded for their approachability, practicality, high quality advice and excellent advocacy.
Our construction team boast considerable expertise in domestic and international litigation, arbitration, and ADR and are highly experienced in adjudication; advising and acting on issues that can arise during the life cycle of a construction project, from the initial brief and pre-construction phase through to complaints over delay, quality and performance during the construction phase, as well as issues on handover; and cases involving the professional liability of construction consultants and professionals.
Insolvency – We specialise in corporate and personal insolvency, construction and property insolvency; including administrations, liquidations, receiverships, CVLs, directors’ disqualification, IVAs, misfeasance claims, cross-border issues as well as civil fraud and asset tracing.
International / Offshore – We have extensive expertise in advising on all types of disputes across a diverse range of industry sectors and geographical regions. We pride ourselves on the breadth of our international group and the experience and quality of our barristers, which means we are well-placed to respond to any dispute resolution issues you may face.
Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence – Our specialist team has the expert knowledge required to represent claimants and defendants in the most complex personal injury and clinical negligence cases. We have particular expertise in industrial disease, civil fraud and product liability.
|Practice Managers||Cliff Alderson, Senior Practice Manageremail@example.com||020 7797 8303|
|Construction||Dr Tim Sampson|
|International||Dr Natalia Perova|
|Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence||Napier Miles|
|Cliff Alderson||Senior Practice Manager||View Profile|
|Clive Blackwood||Barrister: Educated in Scotland and at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Clive…||View Profile|
|Dominic Bright||Barrister: Dominic has a broad commercial, property and personal injury practice. He…||View Profile|
|Simon Brilliant||Simon is a well established practitioner in a range of real property…||View Profile|
|James Browne||Barrister: James is the head of the property group and is a…||View Profile|
|Antonio Bueno||Barrister: Antonio Bueno`s principal areas of practice, in which he is widely…||View Profile|
|Colin Challenger||Barrister: Colin has a broad commercial and property practice with an emphasis…||View Profile|
|Guy Coleman||Barrister: Guy is an established personal injury specialist and costs practitioner. He…||View Profile|
|James Culverwell||James joined Lamb Chambers at the start of 2020 having commenced his…||View Profile|
|Alex Cunliffe||Barrister: Alex practises in a wide range of commercial and chancery work…||View Profile|
|Oscar Davies||View Profile|
|Emily Davies||Barrister: Emily’s practice divides between personal injury and property work. She undertakes…||View Profile|
|John Ditchburn||Barrister: John has a commercial practice encompassing commercial litigation, property, landlord and…||View Profile|
|Ben Doyle||Barrister: Since joining Chambers in May 2018, Ben has developed a busy…||View Profile|
|Timothy Frith||Barrister: Tim is a highly experienced barrister who acts in domestic, international…||View Profile|
|Matthew Gillett||Barrister: Matthew joined Lamb Chambers in June 2018 after starting his practice…||View Profile|
|Antonia Halker||Antonia is an extremely able and dedicated advocate who has a strong…||View Profile|
|Harriet Ho||Harriet joined Lamb Chambers in May 2021 after commencing her practice at…||View Profile|
|Winston Jacob||Barrister: Winston specialises in property, commercial and insolvency litigation. He provides advice,…||View Profile|
|Morgan John||Barrister: Morgan’s practice covers both Claimant and Defendant work, ranging from RTAs…||View Profile|
|Joanna Kerr||Barrister: Joanna is an Employment and Personal Injury law specialist. She represents…||View Profile|
|Derek Kerr||Barrister: Derek has a wealth of experience in all aspects of property…||View Profile|
|Mark King||View Profile|
|Graeme Kirk||Barrister: Graeme is an experienced practitioner specialising in commercial and property law,…||View Profile|
|Hannah Laithwaite||Barrister: Hannah undertakes a broad range of civil and commercial work, with…||View Profile|
|David Mayall||Barrister: David has vast experience in all the fields of civil law…||View Profile|
|Richard Menzies||Barrister: Richard is a specialist personal injury practitioner whose practice spans the…||View Profile|
|Napier Miles||Barrister: Napier is a specialist personal injury practitioner and listed as a…||View Profile|
|Chris Pearson||Barrister: Chris Pearson is a specialist in intellectual property, media and entertainment…||View Profile|
|Natalia Perova||Barrister: Natalia is a Russian-speaking English barrister and Head of International Dispute…||View Profile|
|Richard Power||Barrister: Richard was elected Head of Lamb Chambers in May 2016. Richard…||View Profile|
|Bernard Pressman||Barrister: Bernard is a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner. He…||View Profile|
|Cheryl Reid||Barrister: Cheryl specialises in property and commercial litigation. She regularly appears in…||View Profile|
|Mark Rowlands||Chief Executive: Mark became our Chief Executive in September 2017. In his…||View Profile|
|Graeme Sampson||Barrister: Called to the Bar in 1981 Graeme has gained a…||View Profile|
|Timothy Sampson||Barrister: Tim regularly acts in complex construction disputes often with significant technical…||View Profile|
|Stephen Shaw||Barrister now working exclusively in mediation of commercial and prioerty disputes||View Profile|
|William Skjøtt||Barrister: William Skjøtt is experienced in all aspects of commercial and chancery disputes,…||View Profile|
|James Stuart||Barrister: James specialises in commercial relationship and employment litigation, focussing upon more…||View Profile|
|Adam Swirsky||Barrister: Adam has experience dealing with all aspects of commercial and private…||View Profile|
|Erol Topal||Barrister: Erol is a specialist in property and commercial litigation and dispute…||View Profile|
|James Tunley||Barrister: James’s practice and experience spans a range of civil and commercial…||View Profile|
|David Willink||Barrister: David maintains a broad practice across chambers’ practice areas. He is…||View Profile|
|Matthew Winn-Smith||Barrister: Matthew has a broad general commercial and common law practice covering…||View Profile|
|Dr Barbara Zeitler||Barrister: Barbara came to the Bar after a career as a university…||View Profile|
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Gosvenor London Ltd. v Aygun Aluminium UK Limited
Lamb Chambers (Dr Tim Sampson and David Sawtell) was involved in one of the most notable construction cases of the year in which it acted in the Court of Appeal in upholding the successful stay of an adjudication enforcement relying, for the first time, on the risk of asset dissipation and allegations fraud that could have been raised in the adjudication.
The definitive Court of Appeal Case divides into two phases:
- TCC enforcement: Successfully obtained a stay on enforcement of the adjudication award of £650,000, and Fraser J. made a significant change to the Wimbledon v Vago principles governing enforcement of adjudication awards by adding new principle “g” – dealing with situations where there is the likelihood of the dissipation of the award based on the recipient’s financial conduct and that a stay could be granted on evidence of fraud not put forward in the adjudication.  EWHC 227 (TCC);  Bus. L.R. 1439;  3 WLUK 696;  B.L.R. 353; 177 Con. L.R. 127
- Court of Appeal: refused Gosvenor’s Appeal. Confirmed the right of Fraser J. to add new principle “g” to the Wimbledon v Vago, for the reasons given by Fraser J. and that the court was also right to draw adverse inferences from the failure by Gosvenor to serve evidence in the Summary Judgment proceedings and the unsatisfactory nature of its statutory accounts. Unconditional stay maintained.  EWCA Civ 2695
The case has been reported in the Business Law Reports. It has been commented on several times in the Practical Law Construction blog and on numerous law firm websites and news feeds.
COMPANY/FIRM: Law firm
TESTIMONIAL: Mark Rowlands, the Chief Executive at Lamb Chambers is very business savvy. Understands the services levels that law firms need and goes out of his way to help us.
Graeme Sampson is very technical, experienced and great on his feet. We have used Graeme on countless matters and he has the useful habit of getting great results.
We have started to use Ryan Turner this year (2019). Ryan is very bright, extremely helpful and produces terrific work. He’s one of the “one’s to watch” in the construction junior bar.
COMPANY/FIRM: Law Firm
TESTIMONIAL: I have been lucky enough to work with Lamb Chambers on a number occasions over the last two years. I was introduced to Lamb and was immediately impressed with the commercial and collaborative approach taken by their CEO, Mark Rowlands.
Through Mark’s introduction our Commercial Litigation department has worked with various barristers, all of whom have proven to be both technically excellent and commercially astute. Particular note goes to Tim Frith (Commercial/International), Matthew Winn-Smith (Commercial), and Ryan Turner (Construction).
CLIENT: FTSE 250 Client
TESTIMONIAL: Alex Cunliffe has been a pleasure to work and engage with. Whether it be swift response times or a willingness to think outside the box and provide added value.
From a technical perspective, his in-depth knowledge for regulatory consumer credit matters enable him to identify the fundamental issues without delay. He is then able to provide pro-active commercial advice in conjunction with effective practical solutions to meet the needs of his client.
Whilst Chief Executive, Mark Rowlands demonstrates great commercial awareness coupled with the ability to deliver on the service levels our business and clients expect.
CLIENT: Royds Withy King
COMPANY/FIRM: Law Firm
TESTIMONIAL: I have been using Lamb Chambers on a number of occasions over the last two years on various matters. I met their CEO, Mark Rowlands at a networking function two years ago and was immediately impressed with his commercial and business savvy approach; he is really forward thinking and looks to go the extra mile for his clients.
Through Mark’s introduction I have instructed the brilliant James Stuart and the very technical Clive Blackwood. Lamb Chambers have very strong insolvency juniors including Hannah Laithwaite, Will Skjøtt and Mark O’Grady.
CLIENT: Coltman Warner Cranston
COMPANY/FIRM: Law Firm
TESTIMONIAL: As a firm we have used Lamb Chambers for a few years now. Principally John Ditchburn and Hannah Laithwaite. Both of who are very approachable, but commercial and have an eye for detail. They are two of our go to barristers.
We have found Lamb Chambers as a whole very approachable, and Joe Grimmer, John’s and Hannah’s clerk is always helpful, and happy to be flexible on fees.
Stephen Shaw, Mediator/Barrister
What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?
The most satisfying aspect of Mediation is playing a part in resolving a dispute in a cost-effective and comparatively stress-free way. Although Mediations may be hard and sometimes pressured work, they are as nothing compared to a lengthy and costly trial with a speculative outcome. Often the sense of relief and delight from parties, that they have been liberated to get on with their lives and business, without the burden of the now settled dispute, is palpable.
What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?
I think it’s important to understand legitimate concerns on both sides, but to stay focussed on the desired outcome, which is a resolution. Most of my Mediations are for a single day, and I don’t work well in the early hours, so I strike a balance between both listening and encouraging creative negotiation. I think my background in property and commercial litigation, and judicial experience, helps us to get to the core issues promptly, and then to work hard on an acceptable accommodation. I worked as a magician in student days, which I’m told is a skill I have carried over into Mediation.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
There are very few cases which will not settle on the day, or soon thereafter. Never lose energy and faith however hopeless it looks. Don’t jump to conclusions after reading the papers, and do treat people with respect and patience. Try really to get to grips with both the commercial and personal realities of the case, and where appropriate, maintain a sense of humour.
Can you give me a practical example of how helped a client add value to the business?
The essence of Mediation is its confidentiality, so specific examples cannot be disclosed. However, much of my work in commercial and other property disputes involves a necessary continuing working relationship between the parties. Broken relationships cost money, so I try where possible to preserve some civility within the solution, which involves at least a hand-shake at the end, if not exactly a hugging session – although I’ve had that too!
Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?
I see more opportunities than challenges. The uncertainty in the economy makes investment in costly litigation all the more undesirable. The challenge, as always in Mediation, is to help both professional and lay parties to understand that a negotiated settlement is “win-win” – and moreover is what happens in most litigation in any event, but only after too much expense and strain has occurred. It just makes sense in every department to talk first.