“He is clear, to the point and his advice is always solution focused.” The Legal 500 2019

Shaman’s practice covers several fields of commercial and common law with his costs practice bridging over both fields. He is regularly in the High Court and SCCO and receives instructions domestically and internationally. He is a regular speaker at seminars for membership organisations as well as for clients in-house and Chambers’ seminar programme. He is frequently instructed for his opinion as an “expert” in costs as a result of the new practice in the SCCO in protected party cases, and he has been regularly trusted by both sides to a dispute through his appointment as Mediator. He has been ranked as a leading junior in costs for many years and sits as an Adjudicator and Arbitrator on the 39 Essex Chambers Civil Liability ADR panel and additionally as a Deputy District Judge.

Since 2005, his costs practice has grown with vigour and he is well-known amongst practitioners and the judiciary. He enjoys the technical points and the diversity of practice areas to which costs work applies and is regularly involved in costs budgeting, enforceability arguments, assessments (County Court, SCCO and Supreme Court) and advisory and drafting work on retainers.

He was a contributing editor to Greenslade on Costs (loose-leaf practitioner text from Sweet & Maxwell) 31/01/2009 – 31/01/2017, founded and edited the Costs Newsletter at his previous Chambers and has founded and edits the Costs Newsletter at 39 Essex Chambers.

Shaman is ranked in Chambers & Partners for costs where he is described as: “A fighter for the client who has got an encyclopaedic knowledge when it comes to costs. He is able to act for individual clients as well as commercial ones, and can explain things well to them. He knows this area of law inside out and presents his cases with sophistication.” (2019) “Has the right mindset to be able to compromise with the other side on commercial terms; if not able to settle, he is, however, a robust advocate who stands up for the cause.” “He is concise and easily understandable.” (2018) “Absolutely brilliant with the client”. (2017) “His attention to detail and ability to cut to the chase is pretty invaluable. He’s able to come out with facts on the case rather than just knowledge of the law, which really helps to hammer home the issues to the judge.” “He’s an efficient junior with a good eye for figures.” (2016)

He is ranked in Legal 500 as a leading Junior and is described as being “clear, to the point and his advice is always solution focused” (2019), “recommended for costs budgeting” (2018), noted for being “up and coming” (2017), “enthusiastic, clear in his advice and his advocacy is excellent” (2016), “tough and always fights hard for his clients” (2015), a “pragmatic and forceful advocate” (2014) and for his “ability to manage clients’ expectations from the very earliest stage, and for his confidence in court” (2013).

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