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.
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.
John Coffey QC
Having worked with Maria Monan on many recent cases I have always been impressed by the quality of her instructions. She is able to combine an acute appreciation of her client's legal position with a realistic and down to earth approach to the evidential challenges which each case presents. In my experience this is a rare combination and one which will ensure that her clients' best interests are always safeguarded and promoted to maximum effect.
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.