Samuel has a broad practice with specialisms in Sports Law, Commercial Law & Professional Negligence, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence, Private International Law, Employment Law, and Regulatory Law.
Samuel is frequently instructed both as led junior counsel, and in his own right. Samuel has expertise in Sports Law, regularly acting on behalf of athletes, clubs and national governing bodies. Samuel is instructed in CAS proceedings, and is currently acting in a number of high-profile safeguarding matters before arbitral panels and in the High Court.
Samuel has a strong High Court commercial practice, regularly appearing in complex trials, appeals and interim applications. He has appeared in several high value debt recovery actions and injunctions, and acting alone he recently secured a freezing order over £55m of assets. Samuel has experience of complex contractual disputes and he has appeared in cases involving civil fraud and misselling. Samuel is also currently junior counsel in an important High Court dispute relating to the victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. He is junior counsel in a number of fatal and catastrophic injury matters.
Before coming to the Bar, Samuel worked in Milan at an international law firm advising on private, commercial, and sports law matters. Samuel also worked at a leading boutique litigation firm handling high-profile commercial disputes, including the RBS Rights Issue Litigation.
Samuel studied philosophy at the University of Durham, during which time he spent a year studying at Paris Nanterre University. He completed the GDL at BPP University, funded by a Lord Brougham Scholarship and a Hardwicke Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn. Samuel completed the BPTC at the University of Law during which he was the recipient of a Lord Denning Scholarship and an Accommodation Award from Lincoln’s Inn. Whilst at Bar School, Samuel mooted in the Supreme Court as a finalist in the Clyde & Co Insurance Law Moot, and was secretary of the Lincoln’s Inn Debating Society. Samuel also holds an LLM from University College London, his studies for which were also funded by a scholarship.
During his studies, Samuel was a caseworker at anti-trafficking charity Kalayaan focusing on modern slavery litigation. He also regularly appeared in the social security tribunal as a representative for the Free Representation Unit. He further worked as a legal researcher for a former Lord Justice of Appeal, and he was also the editor of the private law section of a major online law journal.
Samuel acts for athletes, clubs and national governing bodies. His practice encompasses sports regulation, safeguarding, disciplinary cases, anti-doping cases, and commercial sports matters. Samuel is also instructed in sports related inquests, and is also experienced in litigating head injuries in sport.
Samuel’s recent experience in this area include:
Samuel is frequently published in LawInSport, and co-authored the 2022 annual review on betting and corruption. Samuel is appointed to the Sports Resolutions Pro Bono Panel. Samuel regularly speaks at events and conferences on legal issues arising in a sporting context.
Samuel has experience in a variety of commercial disputes, and is regularly instructed in High Court disputes as sole counsel. His recent work in this field includes:
Samuel’s commercial practice also encompasses all areas of information law. He regularly advises on data breaches, as well as making and responding to subject access requests.
Samuel has experience of claims under the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2018, the Law Enforcement Directive, and the General Data Protection Regulation, including in relation to data breaches. He also has experience in civil claims concerning misuse of private information, breach of Articles 8 and 10 ECHR, and issues surrounding confidentiality.
He has recently worked on a number of cases involving serious psychiatric injury caused by the breach of personal data of a highly vulnerable individual. He is particularly experienced in claims for distress following data breaches. Samuel regularly acts for both claimants and defendants in data breach claims in County Court and High Court proceedings.
Samuel also has a broad experience in professional negligence matters. Samuel’s recent work in this field includes:
Samuel’s regulatory practice builds on his experience in sports law and commercial law. Samuel has experience in regulatory matters with international elements often concerning allegations of dishonesty.
Samuel has successfully acted for a number of sporting bodies in bringing regulatory prosecutions, and is accustomed to matters involving allegations of corruption. Samuel was a part of the legal team acting for the complainant in the “London Whale” litigation concerning an FCA investigation.
Samuel has a particular interest in HSE and MCA prosecutions, and he has received instructions as junior counsel in a prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter following a death at sea.
Samuel accepts instructions in all areas of personal injury litigation, but has a particular focus on group claims and catastrophic injury litigation. Samuel has secured findings of fundamental dishonesty on multiple occasions. Samuel’s recent experience includes:
Samuel also has a broad clinical negligence practice. His recent work includes:
Samuel’s injury practice also engages product liability litigation. Samuel has advised on claims arising under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 for both claimants and defendants. Samuel has been involved in numerous cases in which defective goods have lead to fires and large losses. He is frequently instructed in pharmaceutical product liability claims for both claimants and defendants. Samuel’s expertise in industrial disease also sees him instructed in cases related to asbestos products.
Samuel has a busy international practice. He accepts instructions from both claimants and defendants. Some recent examples of Samuel’s work include:
Samuel has a particular interest in the use of private international law in the context of climate change litigation, having written a number of articles on the topic. Samuel has also published articles on the post-Brexit travel law landscape, and has provided training to leading law firms on procedural issues which typically arise in related cases.
Samuel acts for Claimants and Respondents across all types of employment and discrimination disputes. Samuel is well-versed in claims relating to discrimination, whistleblowing, and unfair dismissal. Samuel’s practice in this area regularly overlaps with his expertise in sports law, perfectly positioning him for employment-related sporting matters.
Samuel has significant experience in claims involving modern slavery, and his practice in this area is complimented by his work in complex employer’s liability disputes. Samuel is committed to, and regularly undertakes pro bono, employment and discrimination work.
Samuel’s recent work in this field includes:
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‘Samuel is a real star of the future. He is client-friendly, razor-sharp, hard-working, and is superb on his feet. He is a real asset both at the strategy phase of a dispute, and at the sharp end of a hearing. A fearsome negotiator.’
Sports Law, Legal 500, 2024
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