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Sam Neaman

Sam Neaman

Call: 1988

Barrister

"One of the 50 outstanding individuals at the Bar… deserving of elite status”

The Lawyer

An "exceptional advocate”

Chambers UK

Sam Neaman

"One of the 50 outstanding individuals at the Bar… deserving of elite status”

The Lawyer

An "exceptional advocate”

Chambers UK

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Sam is a specialist international commercial litigation and employment barrister, highly ranked in the legal directories as a “renowned senior junior”in several fields and was nominated for Employment Junior of the Year at the 2019 Legal 500 Bar Awards.

Sam’s extensive experience in all areas of employment law, coupled with his crossover expertise in high-value complex commercial cases, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, has made him the natural choice for clients involved on either side of business protection disputes over restrictive covenants, confidential information, breach of fiduciary duties, team moves, unlawful means conspiracy/economic torts, franchise/business sale disputes, and other threats to business.

Quoted in the directories as “a real fighter” who “combines technical ability with a huge work ethic”, Sam’s proven successful track record in high-value/high profile claims includes the recent cases of Capital Markets (UK) Ltd v Being Technologies Ltd & Others [2017] EWHC 998 (Ch), a £250 million unlawful means conspiracy claim relating to software rights in the revolutionary “Vault” banking platform, C21 London Estates v Maurice MacNeill Iona Ltd [2018] EWCA 1823 (Ch), a high-value dispute over the Chelsea franchise of the “Century21” Estate Agency, and CPS v Aquila Advisory Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 588 (Ch), a multi-million pound breach of fiduciary duty case.

Sam’s business protection disputes often start with clients facing or requiring an injunction. Quoted as being “brilliant with confidential information and international business protection elements”, and “particularly recommended for High Court injunctions”, Sam regularly represents both Claimants and Defendants in injunction applications, and has appeared in several leading cases, including recently Dyson Technology Ltd v Pellerey [2016] ICR 688 (Court of Appeal), which establishes the correct approach to the grant of injunctive relief in restrictive covenant cases. His specialism in commercial litigation with an international element makes him sought after for inunctions in cross-border, jurisdictional, and anti-suit disputes including Petter v EMC Corp [2015] EWCA Civ 828 (Court of Appeal), a leading anti-suit case involving a dispute between UK and US jurisdictions.

With a “lightning-fast ability at understanding key issues” Sam is at home representing clients from all industry sectors, but has recognised expertise in Sports Law and Banking & Finance (including insurance broking) where he is listed by the directories as a Leader in the Field, and inMedical/NHS cases in which Chambers UK records that he “possesses a recognised specialism”.

Recent legal directory comments recognise Sam’s client skills and his ability to add value by finding imaginative solutions, as well as his exceptional advocacy:

  • “[Argues] cases as a great conductor would lead an orchestra”
  • “A real heavyweight in cross-examination – unrivalled in that respect”
  • “A master at finding innovative solutions to complex problems”
  • “[Thinks] outside the box”
  • “[Leaves] no stone unturned”
  • “Sharp, user friendly… readily identifies problems and gives clear, concise advice”.
  • “Concise and approachable”
  • “Straightforward and insightful” 
  • “[His] client skills… are second to none”
  • “Wonderful at making clients feel at ease”
  • “A pleasure to work with”

Injunctions

Employment

Commercial, Banking and Finance Litigation

Sports Law

Medical, NHS, Disciplinary & Regulatory

Mediation

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