Sam Roberts
Senior Associate

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Sam is a Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate at Cooke, Young & Keidan. He specialises in high value commercial dispute resolution, including Fintech and IT/telecoms disputes, banking and finance litigation, civil fraud and international arbitration.

Sam’s clients include hedge funds, high net worth individuals, large multinationals and UK SMEs. Sam has experience in partnership and shareholder disputes, the IT, telecommunications and software sector, and professional negligence claims against investment advisers. He frequently acts against banks and other financial institutions in relation to third party frauds and misappropriated assets, and the mis-selling of derivatives. He also has an excellent track record representing clients in mediation and other forms of ADR. His particular focus is currently on Fintech disputes.


  • Acting for a London hedge fund in relation to a fraud committed by a manager of a third party investment fund. Sam led the CYK team’s efforts to apply for and successfully obtain an injunction in an offshore jurisdiction with the assistance of local counsel.
  • Representing a mobile phone network operator in relation to the termination of its contract with its support and maintenance contractor.
  • Acting for a number of substantial London and UK-based property developers against major UK and European banks regarding the alleged mis-sale of interest rate derivatives and fraudulent manipulation of Libor.
  • Representing a number of UK-based clients against UK retail banks regarding multiple frauds committed by third parties on a number of the clients’ accounts held at various defendant banks.
  • Acting for a London-based hedge fund against a US bank in relation to an underperforming portfolio mortgage-backed securities.


Sam joined Cooke, Young & Keidan in 2012, and qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2014.

He trained at Herbert Smith LLP, qualifying into its International Arbitration practice in September 2011, where he gained experience in energy and financial disputes. These involved ICC, LMAA and RSA arbitrations, as well as expert determinations and High Court proceedings in relation to the enforcement of foreign judgments. Sam was also seconded to Herbert Smith’s Hong Kong office during his training contract, where he acted for various multinational clients in high-value contract disputes.

Sam read International Relations at the London School of Economics before obtaining a First Class Degree in Law at the College of Law.


‘Predictions and Uncertainty: Psychology in Litigation’ – speaker at Transcontinental Trusts Conference, Geneva, June 2017

‘Discretionary Trusts Under Fire from Freezing Injunctions: The Court of Appeal in Pugachev’, YFLA Spring Newsletter (April 2015)

‘The interest rate hedge mis-selling saga: three recent judgments and a pending appeal’, Recovery (Spring 2015)

‘Making Libor claims stick’, The Law Society Gazette (23 July 2012)


Sam is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales. He is a member of the Technical Committee of the Commercial Litigation Association. Sam is also a member of the Young International Arbitration Group, the London Solicitors Litigation Association, Junior LSLA, Society of Computers and Law and Young Fraud Lawyers Association.