Samuel is Head of Commercial Litigation and a senior commercial litigator with over 12 years’ experience of handling complex commercial and civil disputes. Samuel acts in a variety of contentious matters including breach of contract claims, professional negligence claims, defamation claims, judicial review proceedings, debt recovery proceedings, shareholder and joint-venture disputes, insolvency disputes, construction disputes and domestic and international arbitrations. He represents a broad range of clients from high net worth individuals to multi-national corporates. He has extensive experience of litigating civil fraud claims and a particular track record in acting for Middle East clients.
Samuel also advises individual and corporate clients in relation to non-contentious civil matters and has negotiated and prepared several commercial agreements including share sale and purchase agreements, shareholder and joint venture agreements, employment agreements and settlement agreements.
In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Samuel also represents and defends high net worth private clients in cases involving white collar crime and general crime including sexual offences.
Samuel Manok-Sanoian has successfully achieved a ‘no further action’ for a landlord in relation to an intended prosecution by a local authority for alleged breaches of section 72 of the Housing Act 2004. After submitting extensive written representations which demonstrated that our client was not at fault, Samuel was able to persuade the Council that it would not be in the public interest to proceed with any prosecution.
Successfully struck out a £1.7 million case involving the administration and distribution of an estate. This case was highly unusual as the Claimant was given permission (erroneously) by the County Court to increase the value of his claim against our client to just over £1.7 million in circumstances where the client had already satisfied a previous Judgment entered against him. Samuel applied to set aside the order granting permission and successfully argued that the Court lacked jurisdiction to deal with the claim on the grounds of Res Judicata (i.e. the claim had already been extinguished as a result of Judgment having been entered against the client), and because the value of the claim meant that it should have been commenced in the High Court instead of the County Court. Samuel was also able to obtain a costs order in the client’s favour.
Successfully negotiated a settlement for his client in a High Court defamation case. The case involved false allegations being made against the client on Twitter which had caused serious harm to his reputation. Through careful and tactical negotiation with the other side, Samuel was able to secure the deletion of not only the offending tweets but a wider class of published material, together with an undertaking not to publish them again in future. This resulted in a more advantageous and cost effective outcome for the client than if the matter had proceeded to trial.
Acted for a Saudi trading company in a Commercial Court claim against a Bermudan company for breach of the exclusivity and non-competition provisions contained in a shareholders agreement. The case was settled out of Court following a successful mediation. Samuel was primarily responsible for co-ordinating and implementing the completion steps under the settlement agreement, which resulted in a multi-million dollar pay out to the client.
Acted for a leading Saudi oil conglomerate in multiple fraud and arbitration claims across several jurisdictions, including an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia which involved allegations of corruption, negligence, project delay and disruption in a claim worth over $100 million. Samuel travelled to Saudi Arabia on numerous occasions to proof witnesses and obtain evidence.
Successfully acted for a corporate claimant in a major fraud and bribery claim and obtained judgment for £3 million against a defendant. Samuel managed all steps in the litigation up to trial and successfully enforced the judgment against the defendant’s assets.
Acted for a leading claimant pharmaceutical company in a £300 million fraudulent misrepresentation claim in the Commercial Court against two high profile entrepreneurs subject to Freezing Orders. Samuel was responsible for co-ordinating the disclosure process using technology assisted review and preparing the witness evidence.
Thank you for everything you have done and all the help you have offered.
The work from the start has been absolutely astounding.
Thank you once again for all your help and professionalism with my matter over the past year
This is a token of our appreciation for all your help and assistance over the last few months. You have been fantastic, thank you!
We both have been extremely impressed with your work to date. We work with lawyers around the world on a daily basis whom we usually find disappointing, so you have done well to impress us as much as you have.
Read law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, gaining a first class degree and ranked overall first in his year
Obtained an LL.M from Cambridge University
Called to the Bar in 2004
Admitted as a solicitor in 2007.
Complex and multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes
Civil fraud and asset tracing
Freezing orders, including advising defendants on their asset disclosure obligations under freezing orders
Shareholder and joint venture disputes
Breach of contract claims
Professional negligence claims
Construction disputes, particularly in relation to oil and gas matters, with specific emphasis on project delay and disruption claims
Landlord and tenant disputes
Arbitration proceedings under ICC, LCIA and Dubai DIAC/DIFC arbitration rules
Enforcement of judgments and foreign arbitral awards
Insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings
Breach of trust claims
Negotiating and drafting commercial contracts, share sale and purchase agreements, shareholder agreements, joint venture agreements, employment agreements and settlement agreements.