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Saaman Pourghadiri

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.

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


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).


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.

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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