An "exceptional advocate” – Chambers UK
”A real fighter... combines technical ability with a huge work ethic” – Legal 500
"One of the 50 outstanding individuals at the Bar… deserving of elite status” – The Lawyer
The broad commercial practice of "renowned senior junior” Sam Neaman sees him highly ranked in the directories as a leading individual in Employment, Banking and Finance litigation, and Sports Law. Legal 500 notes that "judges move to the beat of his drum” and he is said "to argue cases as a great conductor would lead an orchestra”.
Sam’s recognition as a consummate oral advocate is supported by directory references to his "lightning-fast ability at understanding key issues” and to "think outside the box", matched by his ability to "draft lucid written arguments based on complex facts in very little time”.
Sam’s reputation is built on his expertise in complex, high value international commercial arbitration and High Court litigation (including claims over £1 billion), and for his extensive experience in appellate cases, both in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords/Supreme Court. Chambers UK commend Sam for his "strong commercial leaning", "very analytical mind”, and how he is "able to get stuck into the detail of a case very quickly". As co-author of the text book "Security for Costs & other Court Ordered Security” (Jordans), and regularly instructed to put his knowledge into practice in court hearings, Sam is able to bring this particular expertise to the complex and important areas of security, funding, and non-party costs issues.
"Particularly recommended for High Court injunctions” Sam has a thriving practice in employment confidential information and restrictive covenant injunctions, and in related commercial law fields where he has an enviable knowledge of preservation of evidence, freezing, and search and seizure applications. Sam, led by Naomi Ellenbogen QC, represented the Appellant in the Court of Appeal case of P v D  ICR 688, which establishes the correct approach to the grant of injunctive relief in restrictive covenant cases. Sam’s particular specialism in litigation with an international element makes him sought after in cases involving cross-border, jurisdictional, and anti-suit disputes where he has appeared in some of the leading cases such as Fourie v Le Roux (House of Lords) and Petter v EMC Corporation (Court of Appeal).
In employment law, outside of High Court litigation, Sam’s recognised expertise in discrimination claims is complemented by particular experience in whistleblowing cases. This has led him to appear in some of the most high profile recent employment tribunal cases, including successfully defending the discrimination/whistleblowing claim brought by the Governor of the Tower of London, and the whistleblowing case brought against Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Really Useful” Theatre Company in respect of alleged safety breaches on the set of "Warhorse”.
Sam prides himself on his reputation as a team player, the directories highlighting his "client skills which are second to none”, describing him as "wonderful at making clients feel at ease" as well as "sharp, user friendly... and readily identifies problems and gives clear, concise advice”. The directories also record client feedback on Sam as "concise and approachable”, "straightforward and insightful” and overall"a pleasure to work with”.
Sam has a prominent and wide ranging commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with an emphasis on injunctions and cross-border and international work, including the leading injunction cases of Fourie v Le Roux in the House of Lords, and Petter v EMC Corporation in the Court of Appeal. He has experience of high value/document-heavy claims, instructed by liquidators, banks, and asset finance companies, as well as PLCs. Notable recent cases include:
Recognised by the Legal 500 as a leader in the field in Banking, since the early 1990s Sam has represented both clients and all the major High Street banks in cutting-edge litigation. Sam has been instructed on cases including
Standing counsel for many years to Lloyds TSB, Sam has achieved many notable victories in the High Court, and is currently in demand as counsel in the latest high-profile matter to hit the Banks, namely interest rate hedge mis-selling.
Examples of notable cases include:
Highly ranked in the legal directories, and currently one of only eight "Band 1” juniors in Legal 500, Sam is recognized as one of the handful of "go-to” employment juniors for high value or complex High Court contractual/fiduciary duty claims, often launched by way of injunction.
With numerous leading cases to his name, including Johnson v Unisys Ltd in the House of Lords, Sam has particular expertise in discrimination and whistleblowing cases, where he is regularly instructed by household name clients in high profile claims. Notable cases include:
Sam’s experience in medical law coupled with his expertise in employment, disciplinary and regulatory matters has resulted in a thriving court and disciplinary/regulatory practice, representing both trusts and individual doctors. Ranging from high profile disputes attracting nationwide media interest to confidential investigations Sam is regularly instructed in:
Sam is also regularly instructed to give high level strategic advice on matters of national importance in the medical profession, including
Sam’s high-level personal sporting experience has given him invaluable understanding of Sport law from the client’s perspective. Listed by Legal 500 as a leader in the field of Sports Law, Sam was for many years Legal Adviser to the Amateur Boxing Association of England. Sam has a special expertise in Formula 1 and Boxing matters. Currently counsel of choice to one leading Formula 1 racing team, and having represented other F1 teams both as claimants and defendants, Sam’s enviable experience over many years in dealing with Formula 1 disputes include engineering and design confidential information, and the contractual implications of movement of individuals between teams. Sam’s boxing clients have included former England boxing Olympic Gold medalist and now world champion James de Gale, and boxing promoter Chris Sanegar in his dispute with European Champion Dean Francis.
Elsewhere within Sport, Sam is regularly instructed by top-level players, coaches, agents, promoters, managers, clubs and sporting bodies on issues ranging from misconduct hearings to sponsorship disputes, transfer negotiations to the entitlement of a jockey to ride in the Agra Diamond Stakes at Royal Ascot. Sam has advised Premiership and Championship football clubs, and in Rinaldi v Rugby Football League,Sam was instructed in a European discrimination law test case on the legality of the RFL’s overseas players quota system. Most of Sam’s work in this area is highly confidential but recent example cases of note include:
Sam is noted in the directories as "particularly recommended for High Court injunctions”. He has a thriving injunction practice in employment contract restrictive covenants, and in related confidential information and commercial law fields where he has broad knowledge of preservation of evidence, freezing, search and seizure, and anti-suit applications. Sam has represented numerous clients in "team move” injunction, especially in the insurance broking and recruitment consultancy sectors. Example cases of note include:
Recognised as a “go-to” alternative to magic circle arbitration counsel, Sam’s practice is primarily focussed on international commercial arbitrations, arguing cases governed by foreign laws for major overseas clients under ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules. Sam also has particular knowledge of anti-suit injunctions in the arbitration arena. Recent examples of international arbitration include: