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Shy specialises in construction and engineering and his practice covers project advice and acting in disputes related to UK and international projects. His experience covers litigation, arbitration, adjudication and ADR and he has advised on all main forms of contract, including NEC, JCT and FIDIC. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Arbitration and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.   

He has been listed in Chambers & Partners since 2011 and quotes include "a clear thinker and communicator, and technically very good.", "fiercely bright", "He is very conscientious, technically and strategically good and a very good litigator." and his "brain is in a different league to anyone else, and he gives good legal steers to navigate through issues.". He is also listed in legal 500 and as a Thought Leader in the International Construction Who’s Who Legal 2020.

Professional Affiliations

    • Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Arbitrators
    • Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
    • Member of the Society of Construction Law
    • Member of the Law Society, England and Wales.  
    • Member of the Society of Construction Law
    • Member of the Law Society, England and Wales.  
    • Member of the Law Society, England and Wales.  
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Representative Experience

Shy has experience of acting for all parties in construction projects and his recent cases include:

  • Acting for a developer in a number of adjudications in connection with a luxury residential development in London.
  • Advising contractors in relation to a number of complex high value rail projects in London, including acting in adjudications.
  • Acting for an EPC contractor in relation to a waste treatment plant and defending claims related to the plant’s performance, involving proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court.
  • Acting for an international EPC contractor in an ICC arbitration in relation to a project in Australia.
  • Acting for a joint venture in relation to various issues arising out of highway maintenance contracts in the UK.



Shy regularly speaks at industry events and is a visiting lecturer on the Construction Law MSc at King’s College London and the International Construction Practice and Law MBE at the University of Stuttgart. Shy is active within the industry and has been an elected member of the Society of Construction Law Council since 2012 and the treasurer since 2019. In 2019 he was also appointed as a member of the NEC Board. 

His recent publications include a joint paper with Professor David Mosey on “Good Faith and relational contracting – do enterprise contracts offer a way through the woods?” published by the Society of Construction Law in 2020, What do the words mean: Different approaches to the interpretation of contracts, a joint paper with Wolfgang Breyer, Julio Bueno and Brian Gaudet, presented at the 2018 North American Society of Construction Law and published by the International Construction Law Review, and he writes regularly for publications such at the RICS Journal and the NEC Newsletter. Shy has also contributed to leading textbooks, including the UK chapter of Studies in European Construction Law, published by the European Society of Construction Law in 2015, writing a chapter in Construction Law, Costs and Contemporary Developments: Drawing the Threads Together A Festschrift for Lord Justice Jackson, published in 2018 and contributing to International Construction Contract Law by Lukas Klee published by Wiley.