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Saaman Pourghadiri

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Saaman is regularly instructed in commercial, chancery and regulatory disputes with work often involving the intersection of these fields and multiple jurisdictions.

He has been recognised in the legal directories as:

 “”Very user-friendly, very approachable and very good commercially.” (Chambers and Partners, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“”He’s great to deal with, very hard-working and clever. His attention to detail is fantastic.” (Chambers and Partners, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“He’s a rising star. He demonstrates impressive judgement for his level of call.” (Chambers and Partners, Pensions)

“He’s very calm and very measured.” (Chambers and Partners, Pensions)

Saaman’s work is often characterised by its size, novelty or complexity. Recent highlights include one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases, a $1 billion multi-jurisdictional civil fraud and a c£60m professional negligence action. He has particular expertise in pensions, banking/financial services, civil fraud and professional negligence matters.

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.

He is recognised in the legal directories in commercial dispute resolution as:

“Very user-friendly, very approachable and very good commercially.”

“He’s great to deal with, very hard-working and clever. His attention to detail is fantastic.”

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 include:

Investigations and Enforcement

ENRC

Acted in a number of matters relating to the SFO investigation into ENRC. This included 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

Acted 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 pensions litigation and contentious regulatory matters.

The directories rank him as an “up and coming” junior in pensions:

“He’s a rising star. He demonstrates impressive judgement for his level of call, as well as an ability to assimilate huge amounts of disclosure with no fuss.”

“He’s very calm and very measured.”

Examples of recent work include:

Regulatory

Demsonds v tPRs

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

£50m Material detriment Contribution Notice case.

Litigation

Briggs & ors v Clay & ors

The £60m multiparty professional negligence claim arising from the judgement of Newey J in Re Gleeds. Interlocutory judgment concerning without prejudice privilege reported at [2019] EWHC 102 (Ch).

Bic UK Plc v Burgess [2019] EWCA Civ 806

Part 8 Claim concerning power of augmentation and their retrospective validation.

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.

Insolvency & Restructuring

Saaman’s practice focusses on claims for and against directors, often in fraud cases. Saaman also has experience of broader insolvency applications such as injunctions to restrain the presentation of winding up petitions. Examples of Saaman’s work include:

Afren v Shahenshah

Instructed by the administrators of this former FTSE 350 oil exploration company in a $1 billion claim against inter alia the former CEO and COO relating to their actions as directors.

AC Norton v Norton [2020] EWHC 405 (Ch)

Instructed by the former directors of a company in liquidation to defend a s 212 application relating the sums appropriated from the company.

Garvin Trustees Ltd v The Pensions Regulator [2015] Pens. L.R. 1

Application concerning the extent to which a company’s legal professional privilege survives its dissolution.

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.

Areas of Law


Testimonials


“Very user-friendly, very approachable and very good commercially.” Dispute Resolution: Commercial – UK, Chambers & Partners 2020

“He’s great to deal with, very hard-working and clever. His attention to detail is fantastic.” Dispute Resolution: Commercial – UK, Chambers & Partners 2020

“He’s a rising star. He demonstrates impressive judgement for his level of call, as well as an ability to assimilate huge amounts of disclosure with no fuss.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2020

“He’s very calm and very measured.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2020

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