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Saaman Pourghadiri

Saaman Pourghadiri

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Saaman is regularly instructed in complex multi-jurisdictional commercial and regulatory disputes with work often involving the intersection of both fields.

He has particular expertise in banking/financial services, pensions, civil fraud and professional negligence.

Saaman’s work is often characterised by its size, novelty or complexity. Highlights from the past year include one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2017, a $1 billion multi-jurisdictional civil fraud and a Financial List Trial which settled on the second day of the six-week listing.

Saaman studied law at the University of Oxford where he was awarded the Peter Carter prize for the best examination results at his college.

Commercial & Chancery

Saaman is experienced in the full span of commercial and chancery litigation, including matters as diverse as commercial fraud, banking, supply of goods and services and applications about trustee’s conduct. Saaman’s work often has an international element. Examples of current or recent work include:

  • Afren & Anor v Shahenshah & Ors – a complex commercial fraud spanning multiple jurisdictions worth c$1 billion
  • Hockin v RBS & Anor – a six-week Financial List trial concerning a lender’s duties of good faith, LIBOR fraud and the mis-selling of financial products which settled on the second day of trial
  • Desiman v BOS & Ors – a commercial court trial concerning LIBOR fraud, unlawful appointment of receivers and breaches of duties of good faith
  • A multi-faceted and substantial professional negligence claim against a major international law firm arising out of its conduct during a regulatory investigation
  • A commercial court action concerning the failure of an international IT contract worth c£15m. Key issues in the claim concern the interpretation of the contract between the parties, including the nature of the services the claimant was to provide, the time by which those services were to be provided and the circumstances in which that claim was terminated
  • An offshore Hastings-Bass application and associated professional negligence action in England

Financial Services

Saaman’s expertise spans civil banking litigation, technical regulatory matters and investigations work. Examples of current or recent work include:

  • Acting for ENRC in a number of matters relating to the ongoing SFO investigation. Including the significant recent decision on legal professional privilege in the context of internal investigations – SFO v ENRC [2017] EWHC 1017 (QB) (one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2017)
  • Acting for a senior trader in relation to the global investigations into the FOREX market
  • Hockin v RBS & Anor – a six-week Financial List trial concerning a lender’s duties of good faith, LIBOR fraud and the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products which settled on the second day of trial
  • Desiman v BOS & Ors – a commercial court trial concerning LIBOR fraud, unlawful appointment of receivers and breaches of duties of good faith
  • During a secondment to the Bank of England’s Legal Directorate, Saaman assisted the Bank in developing and implementing a novel regulatory function created by EMIR
  • Advising on the interpretation and application of the FCA Handbook and associated regulations

Pensions & Trusts

Saaman has experience of all elements of the law and regulations which affect pension schemes. His expertise includes:

  • The Desmonds Litigation – Saaman was led by Richard Hitchcock QC in this contribution notice case before the Upper Tribunal worth c £20m
  • Unadkat v Eddie Stobart – a High Court claim concerning employer contributions to a scheme alleging breach of implied terms in the Claimants’ contracts of employment
  • Advising on the largest ever scheme buy-out in Britain in the context of a substantial professional negligence claim (led by Andrew Spink QC)
  • Acting in a RPI/CPI rectification
  • Acting in a construction claim concerning the terms of an unfunded executive retirement benefits scheme
  • Acting in numerous professional negligence claims for both Claimants and Defendants
  • RP Medplant v tPR [2017] UKUT 385 (TCC) – Saaman was sole counsel in a reference to the Upper Tribunal from a decision of the Determinations Panel concerning the implications of trusts, technical pensions regulations and the threshold for strike out in the Upper Tribunal

Professional Negligence

Saaman’s current or recent work includes:

  • A multi-faceted and substantial professional negligence claim against a major international law firm arising out of its conduct during a regulatory investigation
  • Misselling claims for and against Banks and financial advisers
  • Litigation against pension providers alleging negligent advice and/or breaches of the FCA handbook when selling pension products to individuals
  • Advising a HNWI claiming for negligent advice concerning an offshore pension scheme
  • Advising a major international law firm in relation to its allegedly negligent drafting of pension deeds

Employment & Discrimination

Saaman regularly deals with employment matters in the Employment Tribunal and civil courts. He frequently acts in multi-day hearings across a range of matters including unfair dismissal, discrimination, contractual claims and TUPE matters.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Association of Pension Lawyers
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • The Commercial Bar Association

Saaman Pourghadiri is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

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