Shaen’s principal areas of practice are commercial law, international commercial arbitration (particularly concerning the energy and petrochemicals industries), telecommunications and employment law. He is experienced in obtaining and resisting injunctions and other emergency relief. He acts for a wide range of clients including international energy companies, UK public companies, insurers, and individuals.
Recent notable cases include:
Ranked as a Leading junior for 'IT and Telecoms: excluding regulatory', Shaen Catherwood is "Well known for telecoms disputes." - Legal 500 2016
"Particularly strong on telecoms issues." - IT and Telecoms - IT and Telecoms: excluding regulatory, Legal 500 2015
Shaen undertakes representation and advisory work in all areas of employment law and related fields including discrimination, unfair dismissal (including redundancy), and TUPE. Clients that he has acted on behalf of include British Airways, BP, Alcoa Group, Coca-Cola, and The LSE. He appears in both the employment tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
Recent cases have included:
Shaen has developed particular experience in disputes involving the energy and petrochemical industries, including:
For energy and telecommunications work see separate headings
Recent examples of Shaen's general commercial practice are:
Shaen has extensive experience in the field of international arbitration:
Shaen regularly advises and acts in telecommunications matters, including the Electronic Communications Code.
In May 2016 he acted for EE in respect of disputes concerning the location of apparatus on private land.
In 2015, with Graham Read QC, he advised a large telecommunications company on proposed changes to the Electronic Communications Code.
He has advised a telecommunications operator in relation to its potential liabilities in respect of call traffic generated through third party fraud.
He has advised BT in relation to various contractual issues.
He has been instructed in numerous proceedings concerning the location of electronic communications apparatus on third party land.
He has also advised in relation to a potential contractual claim concerning call plans.
He appeared, successfully, for BT in Toneylogo Ltd v. British Telecommunications plc (HC QB Birmingham Mercantile Ct, 1.2.05), LTL 9/2/2005 led by Graham Read QC. The claim concerned artificial inflation of traffic, self-dialling, conspiracy, and procurement of breach of contract.
Before being called to the Bar, Shaen worked in publishing. He edited magazines including Diplomat and Foreign Service and was Publisher at Diplomatist Associates Limited. He has practical experience in company management, financial planning, buying, marketing and employee relations (including recruitment, remuneration and disciplinary matters).
COMBAR, ELBA, ELA
Only Bar Finals Student graded 'Outstanding' in 2000
Certificate of Honour from Bar Council
Cloisters Award for Top Student, College of Law
Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray's Inn
City University: Diploma in Law (Commendation)
New College, Oxford: BA in English Literature (First Class)