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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.

Pensions & Trusts

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

Examples of recent work include:


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

Material detriment Contribution Notice case.


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.



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.

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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