Shaen’s principal areas of practice are commercial law, international commercial arbitration (particularly concerning the energy and petrochemicals industries), insurance and telecommunications. 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:
Enters the rankings owing to strong feedback for his handling of disputes relating to the installation or removal of telecoms apparatus. He is regularly instructed to act for leading telecoms operators in cases that require a strong understanding both of the ECC and of real estate issues. "Has solid knowledge about the telecoms code, and is, in addition, a good real estate litigator." "He knows the law inside-out and makes it his business to get to know the client, so I can instruct him with minimal effort." "He is very patient and nothing is too much trouble." Defended EE and H3G in a claim brought by Snow Hill Birmingham Developments relating to the removal of telecoms apparatus from private land. - Telecommunications, Chambers UK Bar 2019
‘He is very knowledgeable in telecoms work and very commercial in his approach.’ - IT and Telecommunications (Excluding Regulatory), Legal 500 2019
"Very approachable and easy to communicate with." - IT and Telecoms (excluding regulatory), Legal 500 2017
Ranked as a Leading junior for 'IT and Telecoms: excluding regulatory', Shaen Catherwood is "Well known for telecoms disputes." - Legal 500 2016
"He is commended by clients for his 'highly responsive' approach to advisory work." - Who's Who Legal 2016
Shaen has extensive experience in the field of international arbitration:
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 telecommunications disputes and is listed in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in this category. He is currently acting in numerous cases under the new Electronic Communications Code and is familiar with litigating such disputes in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chambers).
He also advises and acts in commercial disputes, including contractual disputes.
He is frequently instructed by both EE, Hutchison 3G and BT, amongst others.
He is currently acting in EE Ltd & Hutchison 3G UK Ltd v. Trustees of the Meyrick 1968 Combined Trust, a complex Code dispute concerning the proposed removal of a mast in the context of an alleged plan by the site provider to construct its own network of masts. He is being led by Graham Read QC and the matters comes to trial in February 2019.
In 2017 he acted for BT in an application by Walsall Housing Group for a High Court injunction requiring BT to remove its apparatus from land to allow a development to continue. The matter was settled by consent order.
In 2017 and 2018 he advised and acted for a share purchaser in a dispute concerning microchips used in mobile telephones. Shaen was engaged to assist particularly with claims relating to breaches of restrictive covenants, fiduciary duties, duties of confidence, the procurement of breaches, and quantum. The matter was to be tried over 20 days in 2018 but settled before trial.
In 2015, with Graham Read QC, he advised a large telecommunications company on the 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 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.
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:
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)