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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 these fields.

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

His financial services/banking work spans:

(i) high profile investigations work such as acting for a senior trader in relation to the FOREX investigations, and acting for ENRC on matters arising from the SFO’s ongoing investigation, including the significant decision on privilege in SFO v ENRC [2017] EWHC 1017 (QB) (one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2017)

(ii) commercial/chancery litigation (acting on numerous claims relating to the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products, lender’s duties of good faith and LIBOR deceit claims); and

(iii) advice on technical financial services matters.

Saaman’s professional negligence practice has a particular focus on:

(i) solicitor’s negligence, both in a regulatory context and advice and practice relating to pension schemes, and

(ii) financial institutions (actions involving banks, IFAs, personal pension scheme providers and others).

His pensions practice includes leading regulatory cases (Desmonds below), classic chancery pension litigation and a substantial advisory practice including scheme restructurings and buy-outs.

Saaman’s civil fraud practice includes massive multi-jurisdiction corporate frauds which involve the full range of jurisdictional issues, equitable causes of action and remedy, causation and loss and investment scheme frauds.

Saaman conducts his own advocacy in employment matters and deals with issues ranging from unfair dismissal and discrimination to TUPE and contractual claims in the civil courts.

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

Financial Services

Current or recent financial services and investigations work includes:

• Saaman acts for a number of individuals based in London and New York in the ongoing global investigations into the FOREX market

• Saaman acted for ENRC in a number of matters relating to the ongoing SFO investigation. This includes 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)

• 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.

Appointments & Memberships

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