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Charles Samek QC

Charles Samek QC

Silk: 2009 | Call: 1989

Queen’s Counsel

"A very good advocate, strong on the law and with good commercial sense." "Tells it like it is and does not sugar-coat his advice, that means clients trust him."

(Legal 500 2020)

"Charles is decisive, his arguments are confidently put, and he has good, sound judgement." "Charles Samek QC is a tenacious, creative and determined fraud lawyer." "A formidable opponent."

(Chambers & Partners 2020)

Charles Samek QC

"A very good advocate, strong on the law and with good commercial sense." "Tells it like it is and does not sugar-coat his advice, that means clients trust him."

(Legal 500 2020)

"Charles is decisive, his arguments are confidently put, and he has good, sound judgement." "Charles Samek QC is a tenacious, creative and determined fraud lawyer." "A formidable opponent."

(Chambers & Partners 2020)

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Shortlisted by Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year 2019, Charles is a highly experienced and renowned commercial advocate and Queen’s Counsel. He is described in Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2020 as “a formidable opponent” and as being “decisive, his arguments are confidently put, and he has good, sound judgement”.

He has been consistently ranked in the leading directories (Chambers & Partners and Legal 500) as a leading QC in the practice areas of Commercial Dispute Resolution and Civil Fraud. He is ranked as a leading QC in Chambers Global 2020 for Dispute Resolution (Commercial: UK). He is also ranked in Who’s Who Legal as a leading QC for Commercial Fraud.

As well as regularly appearing in the Business and Property Courts of the High Court, Charles is also a specialist appellate advocate, having appeared in the English Court of Appeal over twenty-five times. He has also appeared in the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, UK House of Lords and the UK Supreme Court.

Charles specialises in international commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He has special expertise in (i) commercial (civil) fraud and asset tracing, (ii) Russian, Ukrainian & FSU disputes, (iii) business crime, (iv) worldwide freezing orders and other interim protective relief, (v) private international law cases on jurisdiction and registration and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, (vi) shareholder and shareholder agreement claims, (vii) banking, financial and investment disputes, (viii) commodities disputes, (ix) committal and contempt proceedings, and (x) commercial employment claims.

Many of Charles’ cases involve acting for or against Russian, Ukrainian or FSU parties or where the UBOs of litigants are Russian, Ukrainian or FSU persons. So, for example, in addition to having acted for Mr Sergei Pugachev in 2017, between 2015 and 2019 Charles was acting in the latest round of the BTA Bank v Ablyazov litigation in proceedings brought by the bank against Mr Ablyazov’s son-in-law, Mr Ilyas Khrapunov, Charles’ client. In January 2018, Charles appeared in the Supreme Court on Mr Khrapunov’s behalf, reported at [2018] UKSC 19 / [2018] 2 WLR 1125 which is now one of the leading cases in the field of commercial fraud and private international law, Charles also appeared for Mr Khrapunov in the English Court of Appeal (reported at [2018] EWCA Civ 819), a now leading case on the Court’s approach to enforcement of its worldwide freezing order, including cross-examination on asset disclosure. In 2019 Charles also acted in the Tsareva v Ananyev 5-day Commercial Court jurisdiction battle.

Charles also acted throughout in the seminal Dadourian Group International v Simms commercial fraud litigation which established the Dadourian Guidelines on the enforcement of English worldwide freezing orders abroad, and successfully including leading the counsel team in the third Dadourian 6-day Court of Appeal case, a leading case on the tort of deceit.

He has also acted in several cases involving foreign law including Russian, Ukrainian, BVI, Italian, German, New York, Icelandic, UAE, Iranian, Saudi (Hanbali School).

Charles is an international arbitration practitioner and is a member of the LCIA European Users Council. He acts as counsel and as an arbitrator.

Charles enjoys working collaboratively as part of a team of solicitors, foreign lawyers and/or other QCs or junior barristers. He believes that the client’s best interests are served by the implementation of a clear and defined strategy formulated in consultation with all members of the client’s legal team. He is happy to attend consultations at solicitors’ or client’s offices, or by video link. He is also flexible on fees charged so as to reflect relevant financial considerations and constraints. In that regard, he is happy in appropriate cases to enter into conditional fee arrangements.

Charles is listed as a leading QC for commercial dispute resolution and fraud (civil) by Chambers UK as well as for commercial litigation and fraud (civil) by Legal 500. Recent highlights in the directories include the following:

“Charles is decisive, his arguments are confidently put, and he has good, sound judgement.” “Charles Samek QC is a tenacious, creative and determined fraud lawyer.” “A formidable opponent.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)

“A very good advocate, strong on the law and with good commercial sense.” “Tells it like it is and does not sugar-coat his advice, that means clients trust him.” (Legal 500 2020)

“A superb advocate and cross-examiner who fights his corner tirelessly. He’s a team player and reads the tribunal well.” “A real street fighter who never knowingly undersells a point.” “Extremely diligent and intelligent.” “A very good advocate who gets the court on his side. He is a very good team player and he is incredibly bright.” (Chambers & Partners 2019)

“A redoubtable fighter with a silver tongue, he can charm or bash in equal measure.” “A powerful advocate who really fights his client’s corner.” (Legal 500 2018)

“A superb advocate with razor-sharp recall, who fights tirelessly and reads the tribunal well.” “He’s fantastically hands-on, and a very user-friendly and talented advocate.” “Extremely bright, hard-working and responsive.” “A tenacious, creative and determined fraud lawyer.”  (Chambers & Partners 2018)

“Incredibly impressive: a great strategist and polished advocate.” “Excellent on civil fraud and injunctions particularly.” (Legal 500 2017)

“He’s an outstanding advocate. He has real presence in court and you can see that the judges really listen to him. He came across really well.” “He is extremely bright, hard-working and responsive.” “Very clear in terms of his thinking, advice and advocacy.” “A fantastically hands-on, very user-friendly and talented advocate.” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

“A fearsome cross-examiner, thanks to his rigorous mind and thorough preparation.” “A real fighter, who will die in a ditch before he will let his client lose.” (Legal 500 2016)

“A fantastic team player and a very punchy performer who is very down to earth.” “A superb tactical adviser and a first-rate advocate.” “He is very diligent.” “Amenable, great with clients, and very sensible.” “He’s a proper street-fighter.” (Chambers UK 2016)

“A very punchy advocate and a great tactician.” “An incredibly clear and logical thinker, exactly the silk you need.” (Legal 500 2015)

“An accomplished advocate favoured by instructing solicitors for commercial cases generally and civil fraud cases in particular. Sources appreciate his hands-on, collaborative approach.” “He is very, very user-friendly, very hard-working, very good at being part of a team and a very effective advocate. He’s particularly strong on injunctions.” “Fantastically hands-on and a talented advocate.” (Chambers UK 2015)

“Shows absolute dedication to the task in hand and is a great lateral thinker.” “Displays outstanding professionalism and first-class commercial acumen.” (Chambers UK 2015)

“An excellent, punchy advocate, who is a real team player and excellent on injunctions.” (Legal 500 2014)

“A great asset to any case; he turns uncertainty into victory.” (Legal 500 2014)

“Sources are quick to point to the quality of his advice and advocacy in commercial disputes.” “A real team player, who is able to get to grips with difficult applications under huge time pressures.” (Chambers UK 2014)

“…noted for his experience of securing and discharging injunctive relief.” “Incredibly user-friendly and very much one of the team.” (Chambers UK 2014)

“An impressive litigator” with a special “talent for identifying and presenting the key issues in very complicated commercial disputes.” (Chambers UK 2013)

Associations & Memberships

  • COMBAR
  • British-Russian Law Association
  • Russian & CIS Arbitration Network
  • Russian Layer Network
  • British-Kazakh Society
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
  • LCIA European Users Council
  • International Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • British-Italian Law Association

Charles Samek QC is also a member of the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Territory of the British Virgin Islands) and has appeared before the BVI Commercial Court and the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal.

Charles is also a member of the Astana International Financial Centre Court with unlimited rights of audience.

Charles was educated at St. Paul’s School and Oriel College, Oxford University where he read Literae Humaniores (Latin and Greek Literature, Greek and Roman History, Modern and Ancient Philosophy). He speaks Italian (excellent) and French (good). He is currently learning Russian.

Civil Fraud

Commercial / Banking Litigation

Jurisdiction Disputes & Anti-suit Injunctions

Eastern Caribbean (including British Virgin Islands) Instructions

Arbitration

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