Samuel (he / him) is a specialist in Employment Law Litigation, including high value discrimination, whistleblowing, employee competition and business protection claims. In employment cases involving significant personal injury claims Samuel brings to bear his considerable experience in Personal Injury Law gained in his initial years of practice. He receives instructions from both respondents and claimants in cases often involving both complex legal and factual issues.
He has experience in international Employment Law Litigation having practiced in the Turks and Caicos Islands (“TCI”), at Misick & Stanbrook (the leading firm on the Islands), and Samuel remains called to the Bar in that jurisdiction. Typically Samuel represented the business interest of a number of ultra-high-net-worth European and American individuals in the Islands, including an internationally acclaimed American recording artist.
Samuel has appeared at all levels of courts, up to and including the Privy Council. His skills in cross examination are particularly well regarded, which were recently described by a judge as having left witnesses “dazzled in the headlights”.
“Fantastic advocate, with a great eye for detail and really good with clients. He was instructed on a high profile sexual harassment case and was immense” - Suzanne McKie QC, Farore Law.
"Sam is a leading expert in his field, and highly recommended for his expertise – a superb tactician, cuts straight to the crux of the case and has the ultimate advocacy skills. Indisputably one of the best barristers I have had the pleasure of working with. Sam has clear focus and identifies the winning points in a case and pursues. He is a great source of support and strength for any client, advises succinctly and gets to know the client well." Director of a global financial institution
"Once again, a total superstar." Director of a multinational financial company
"Sam is very good at getting to the nub of an issue quickly. He is very approachable and provides practical advice to clients in a friendly way. Clients are always impressed with his cross examination skills, as his careful and considered questioning often befuddles even the most prepared witnesses." - Alexandria Quigley, Senior Solicitor, Lupton Fawcett, Leeds.
"Sam is calm under pressure and provides excellent support to those instructing him. He is extremely client focused, pragmatic and commercial. In the case we worked on together, Sam showed particular skill in handling a challenging lay claimant and providing support to our witnesses." - Leading Associate in a top City firm.
Samuel is well regarded by those that instruct him for his eye for detail, cross examination skills and overall expertise. His respondent clients include: well-known financial institutions, blue-chip companies, City recruitment agencies, utility companies, public authorities and NHS Trusts and associated organisations. Samuel has an in-depth understanding of the financial markets as a result of his work in the TCI on many banking related disputes.
Whilst he acts for both respondents and claimants, Samuel has developed a practice in representing claimants in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse. These cases are often high profile and reported in the media. One particularly recent example is the case of A v Mike Hill MP, which was widely reported in the press. This involved allegations of sex harassment and discrimination, victimisation, disability discrimination and whistleblowing (decision awaited from London Central Employment Tribunal).
Samuel (led by Suzanne Mckie QC) also recently represented the Claimant in a case involving very serious allegations of sexual misconduct, by a senior manager, against a City financial institution and achieved a large settlement.
Recent further highlights of Samuel’s work include:
Samuel has also recently advised on Equal Pay, employee competition issues and restrictive covenants. He has experience of acting in all areas of discrimination law, unlawful deduction of wages, TUPE and whistleblowing cases.
Samuel has acted in cases which involve complex points of legal privilege and is readily able to advise in this area. Samuel is also able to conduct workplace investigations, and has advised on privilege issues in relation to these.
In addition to his extensive experience in Employment Law matters, Samuel has considerable experience of both General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council prosecutions whilst working for Field Fisher Waterhouse in their Professional Regulatory Department. Samuel therefore also accepts instructions in this area, defending medical and other professionals who have been prosecuted by their regulatory bodies.
Samuel has acted in employment related Judicial Review proceedings in the High Court as sole counsel: Kirk & Ors, R (on the app'n of) v Action for Children  IRLR 699, in which he successfully defended an application for an injunction.
In 2012, Samuel was junior to Suzanne McKie QC in the High Court case of Gelpack v Nexpack, an expedited final hearing, concerning enforceability of non-compete, non-dealing and non-solicitation clauses; resisting a springboard injunction.
Appellate Employment Work
At appellate level in the UK Sam has acted in the following cases:
Samuel has significant commercial experience, gained largely from his time in the TCI, which includes:
Samuel was instructed in a multi-million-pound insurance case in the High Court (Colin Edelman QC and Richard Harrison instructed).
He has represented a defendant builder in a professional negligence action.
Samuel has advised in a contractual dispute relating to the development of commercial property.
Industrial Law Society
Employment Lawyers Association
Personal Injury Bar Association
Direct Access Qualified
Faculty of Law Prize for Top First Class degree in year
Victoria Chambers Prize for Top First in Evidence Examination
Inner Temple Scholarship
LLB First Class (top First in year)
LLM, Queen’s Cambridge (Upper Second)