I work all lace on circulars, but then again, I do everything on circulars.
Bryspun needles are great for lace. So are Susan Bates needles.
But, if you're knitting a shawl that increases and the number of stitches is constantly growing, you might need circulars, or 14" straights. I doubt you could get by with a 10" straight for a shawl.