Robin focuses mainly on media related litigation in all its forms, including defamation, libel, privacy, intellectual property and contractual disputes. He also advises on general commercial litigation in other industry sectors.
Robin has acted for many leading media organisations. He has been Private Eye’s lawyer for over twenty years and his clients have also included the Telegraph newspaper group, the Mirror Group, Penguin Books and Harper Collins.
He has extensive experience of litigating in both the High Court Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions, and in the Court of Appeal. He also spends time undertaking defamation pre-publication work, in particular for Private Eye, and dealing with general commercial litigation outside of the media industry.
Robin joined Ince in 2014, after training and qualifying at another leading media law firm in 1983.
Professional Associations and Memberships
The Media Society
My matter highlights
Acting for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph this year in successfully defending the high profile proceedings brought by Sir Philip Green to prevent publication of allegations of sexual and racial harassment.
Acting for Private Eye in many claims and complaints. This includes successfully resisting both at first instance and on appeal an injunction application by Michael Napier, the former president of the Law Society seeking to prevent publication of disciplinary proceedings taken against for breach of professional conduct.
Last year he acted for Private Eye in successfully resisting an application by Hertfordshire Police to produce its subscription list in order, so it was alleged, that they could identify a suspect.
Acting for SAE Education this year in its successful appeal to the Supreme Court over whether its education service were exempt from VAT.
My testimonials and accolades
Chambers and Partners UK, 2022
“He offers extremely clear advice and has much experience in this field.”
Chambers and Partners UK, 2022
“He is highly experienced in this area and very focused on the merits of any claim and on strategies for achieving success.”
The Legal 500 2022
“Robin Shaw offers focused advice. As an extremely sharp practitioner, he brings a depth of experience offering both practical and client-focused advice.”
“The media litigation team lead by Robin Shaw is truly excellent. Robin is not only a clever, knowledgeable media lawyer but an excellent strategician with immense good humour and a calm manner coupled with a genuine commercial understanding of the industry.”
“Robin Shaw is a superlative litigator who is leading a diverse young team of keen and talented junior lawyers. The firm is properly resourced and provides an all-round, value-for-money service with the client’s interests at the heart of everything they do.”
“Recognised in Defamation Law, 2019”
“Recognised as The Times Lawyer of the Week in September 2010.”
“Noted as for his Reputation Management work in 2015, 2016 and 2017”
“Recognised as a London Super Lawyer in 2013, 2014 and 2015”
“Ranked in Chambers UK 2015, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 for Defamation/Reputation Management”
“Recommended lawyer in 2015 for Dispute Resolution – Defamation and Privacy, in 2016 for Media and Entertainment, and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for Reputation Management”
“Quick to respond and very experienced.”
“A cerebral operator.”
“A very experienced Lawyer.”
“Excellent analytical skills and is able to readily make sense of a large volume of information. He researches his cases in detail and thinks logically and is able to respond quickly to any enquiry.”
My recent publications
News / Supreme Court confirms raised threshold in test for “serious harm” in defamation actions
14-06-2019 / TMT
Lachaux v. Independent Print Ltd and another  UKSC 27 In a significant judgment handed down on 12 June 2019, the Supreme Court confirmed that the requirement to show “serious harm” pursuant to s.1(1) Defamation Act 2013 (“the Act”) significantly raises the threshold for individual claimants in defamation actions.
News / “He tried to strangle me.” What would those words convey to the “ordinary reasonable reader” of a Facebook post?
Stocker v. Stocker  UKSC 17 For the first time, the Supreme Court considers the meaning of words in the context of their publication on social media.
News / A Notable Victory Before the Supreme Court
The corporate and litigation departments are celebrating a notable victory for our client SAE Education Limited before the Supreme Court.
News / Ince Gordon Dadds Recognised in Citywealth Leaders List 2016
We are once again celebrating the inclusion of three members of the firm on the prestigious Citywealth Leaders List 2016.
News / How parliamentary privilege can harm reputations without repercussions
Robin Shaw's article was published by Spear's on 18 March 2016 Robin Shaw says the immunity may someday be challenged under the Human Rights Act.
News / Ince Gordon Dadds' Super Lawyers
Once again, Ince Gordon Dadds Lawyers have been recognised as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters in their 2015 London Super Lawyers List