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Saaman Pourghadiri

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

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

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’s commercial and chancery practice is diverse, high value, often engages conflicts of laws issues and comprises both led and unled work. His work spans a wide variety of commercial arrangements, banking and commercial fraud matters.

His recent experience includes:

Afren & Anor v Shahenshah & ors

$1 billion Commercial Court claim concerning a multi-jurisdictional commercial fraud.

Hockin v RBS & Anor 

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

Commercial Court claim concerning LIBOR fraud, unlawful appointment of receivers and breaches of duties of good faith.

Dell v IB Maroc

£15m Commercial Court claim concerning the failure of a cross-border IT contract.

Dunn Motors v National Express

£20m Commercial Court claim concerning the termination of a transport contract.

Briggs & ors v Clay & ors

£60m Chancery Division multiparty professional negligence claim concerning the actions of solicitors, counsel and consultants.

ENRC v Dechert

A multi-faceted and substantial professional negligence claim, together with associated costs action, against a major international law firm arising out of its conduct during a regulatory investigation.

 

Saaman’s offshore experience includes:

M v St Anne Trustees

Guernsey Court of Appeal action concerning a Hasting Bass application and associated professional negligence action in England.

Afkar Capital v Fikry 

Abu Dhabi Global Markets application for interim declarations in shareholder dispute.

Vitalo v Atlas Mara 

Dubai International Financial Centre trial concerning a dispute between the Bank and its former CEO.

Financial Services

Saaman’s expertise spans from civil banking litigation to regulatory investigations and enforcement and technical regulatory advice.

Examples of recent work includes:

Investigations and Enforcement

ENRC

Acting in a number of matters relating to the ongoing SFO investigation into ENRC. 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).

FOREX

Acting for a senior trader in relation to this enormous multi-jurisdictional multi-regulator investigation.

RE Individual X

Acting for a senior director of an insurance firm in relation to a FCA investigation.

FCA v Capital Alternatives & Ors

High Court claim brought by the FCA seeking a s382 FSMA restitution order.

 

Banking litigation

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 claim concerning LIBOR fraud, unlawful appointment of receivers and breaches of duties of good faith.

Shah v Barclays Bank

Mercantile Court IRHP claim, resolved with successful settlement. Cited as an example of the numerous cases Saaman was instructed on in this area.

PPI Mis-selling Claims

Numerous county court claims.

 

Regulatory Advice

Saaman regularly advises on the interpretation and application of technical matters, particularly perimeter issues. During a secondment to the Bank of England’s Legal Directorate, Saaman assisted the Bank in developing and implementing its novel regulatory function created by EMIR.

Pensions & Trusts

Saaman is expert in both regulatory and civil matters concerning DB and DC schemes.

Examples of recent work include:

Regulatory

Demsonds Litigation 

Contribution Notice action which settled on the second day of the Upper Tribunal hearing.

RP Medplant v tPR [2017] UKUT 385 (TCC)

Reference to Upper Tribunal concerning whether a scheme was constituted as a trust.

Project X

Material detriment Contribution Notice case arising from private equity acquisition and subsequent sale of Scheme employer.

 

Litigation

Briggs & ors v Clay & ors

The £60m multiparty professional negligence claim arising from the judgement of Newey J in Re Gleeds.

Re Crown Agents Superannuation Scheme 

Claim seeking to rescind the hardwiring of RPI on the grounds of equitable mistake. Approved Compromise achieved on expedited basis together with enhanced privacy protections.

Re Waterford Foods

RPI/CPI rectification.

Re Senior Executives

Claim concerning the terms of an unfunded executive retirement benefits scheme.

Unadkat v Eddie Stobart

Group action concerning employer contributions to a scheme and breaches of implied terms of trust and confidence.

M v St Anne Trustees

Re Hastings-Bass Application in Guernsey concerning a QROPS and associated professional negligence claim.

 

Advisory

Project Taurus

Advising on the largest ever scheme buy-out in Britain in the context of a substantial professional negligence claim (led by Andrew Spink QC).

Re Scheme X

Advising in relation the definition of pensionable pay, extrinsic contract and estoppel.

Re Employee Y

Advising in relation to the pension benefits transferred pursuant to TUPE.

Re SIPP Provider Y

Advising in relation to the tax structure of a SIPP.

Professional Negligence

Saaman’s professional liability practice concerns a wide range of professions including solicitors, counsel, benefits consultants, IT professionals and financial advisors.

Examples of recent work include:

ENRC v Dechert

A multi-faceted and substantial professional negligence claim together with associated costs action against a major international law firm arising out of its conduct during a regulatory investigation.

Briggs & ors v Clay & ors

A £60m Chancery Division multiparty professional negligence claim concerning the actions of solicitors, counsel and benefits consultants.

SIPPS Mis-selling Claims

Various claims against pension providers concerning negligent advice in the sale of pensions products to individuals.

IRHPs Mis-selling Claims

Various claims concerning the negligent sale of IRHPs to SMEs.

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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