Described in Chambers & Partners as an "exceptional advocate”, and by The Lawyer as “one of the 50 outstanding individuals at the Bar .... deserving of elite status”, Sam is listed in Chambers & Partners and/or Legal 500 as a leading individual in Employment, Banking litigation and Sports Law. Recognised as “a real fighter”, Sam is said “to argue cases as a great conductor would lead an orchestra.”
Sam’s reputation is built on his expertise in complex, sensitive or high value commercial litigation (including claims over £1 billion), primarily in the fields of banking, insurance & finance, IT, health, education, and in the world of sport. Chambers & Partners 2012 commend Sam for his "strong commercial leaning" and how he is "able to get stuck into the detail of a case very quickly". His extensive experience in High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords cases, coupled with his expertise in employment law, makes him especially sought after in commercial litigation cases with an employment law crossover. Sam has particular experience in cases with an international element, especially litigation involving the CIS.
“Particularly recommended for High Court injunctions” Sam has a thriving injunction practice in employment contract restrictive covenants, and in related confidential information and commercial law fields where he has extensive experience of “freezing” and “search and seize” applications.
In employment law Sam’s recognised expertise in discrimination claims is complemented by particular experience in whistleblowing cases, where he regularly represents major clients in high-profile claims.
A significant part of Sam's employment/disciplinary practice is in the field of medical law, where he regularly represents Trusts and individual doctors, in the GMC, and also in High Court and employment tribunal.
Sam’s recognition as a consummate oral advocate is supported by clients' references in the legal directories to his “lightning-fast ability at understanding key issues” and to "think outside the box". This is matched by his ability to “draft lucid written arguments based on complex facts in very little time”, coupled with a reputation as a “practical and down to earth team player whose client skills are second to none”. Prepared to go the extra mile at short notice, Sam is “a pleasure to work with”, “concise and approachable”, “straightforward and insightful”, understanding the importance of a sympathetic and practical approach to team-working and client relationships.