Sam is a Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate whose particular focus is Fintech disputes and on the application of psychology to dispute resolution. He has broad expertise in high value commercial dispute resolution and banking and finance litigation.

Sam’s clients include high net worth individuals, hedge funds, large multinationals  and UK SMEs.

Sam has experience in the IT, telecoms and software sectors, and all manner of banking disputes and commercial contracts claims.

Sam also has a strong track record representing claimants in civil fraud, applications for injunctive relief, and bringing and defending professional negligence claims against investment advisers.

He also frequently represents clients in mediation and other forms of ADR.

His particular focus is currently on Fintech disputes and on the application of psychology to dispute resolution.

Background

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.

Professional groups

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

Publications, articles and seminars

‘Fighting fraud: technological tools at the cutting edge of civil litigation’ speaker, Future Legal Technology Forum, London, November 2018

Well-known tools can be adapted to fight new forms of fraud’, co-author, Law Society Gazette, November 2018

‘Post-Judgment Freezers and Disclosure Orders’ – panel member at Serle Court International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference, New York, November 2018

‘Payment frauds: the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ – speaker at Financial Institutions Litigation Conference, London, October 2018

‘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)


Cases of Note

  • CMOC v Persons Unknown [2017], acting for international commodities business subject to a sophisticated Business Email Compromise fraud. Obtained first-known reported worldwide freezing injunction against ‘Persons Unknown’.

  • Acting for a London-based hedge fund against a US bank in relation to an underperforming portfolio of mortgage-backed securities.

  • 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.

  • Representing a mobile phone network operator in relation to the termination of its contract with its support and maintenance contractor.

  • Acting for a European software house against an international financial institution for claims of breach of a licence agreement and defending a counterclaim for breach of contract.

  • Representing a UK logistics business to manage the termination of a transportation services contract where the relationship had broken down.

  • Obtaining Norwhich Pharmacal relief for several investment vehicles beneficially owned by a high net worth individual following a high value Ponzi-style investment fraud.

  • Acting for a London hedge fund in an application for injunctive relief against a fraudulent investment manager.

  • Representing a petrochemicals company in an application for injunctive relief against the closure of its UK and overseas bank accounts.