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Sam Goodman

Sam Goodman joined 20 Essex Street in September 2016 following the successful completion of his pupillage.

Sam has a broad commercial practice in a range of chambers’ practice areas. He has experience of both litigation and international arbitration and has worked on a number of complex and high-value matters.

He graduated with a First in Law from the University of Cambridge before going on to obtain a Distinction on the BCL from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining 20 Essex Street, Sam taught at University College London as a Teaching Fellow in Private International Law.

Sam was previously an Analyst at Kobre & Kim LLP, where his matters included the representation of Chevron Corporation in relation to the long-running $18bn Lago Agrio litigation. 


  • Commercial Law
  • Arbitration/Mediation
  • Private International Law
  • Civil Fraud
  • Shipping
  • Banking and Finance
  • Insolvency and Company Law
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Insurance and Reinsurance


General Commercial

Sam has experience of a wide range of commercial matters. Examples include:

  • Ames and Ames v Davies and Others [2016] EWHC 235 (QB) An application by victims of Ponzi scheme for summary judgment upon a claim challenging a settlement agreement on the basis of alleged fraudulent misrepresentations (assisting Tony Beswetherick during pupillage).
  • Ardila Investments NV v ENRC NV & Anor A claim for US$285 million arising out of the sale of a Brazilian mine (assisting Malcolm Jarvis during pupillage).
  • Chevron Corporation v James Russell DeLeon and Torvia Limited - Supreme Court of Gibraltar - Claim No 2012-C-932 Claims by Chevron for conspiracy and unlawful interference against funders of the Lago Agrio litigation in Ecuador (whilst at Kobre & Kim LLP).
  • Chevron Corporation v Amazonia Recovery Ltd and Woodsford Litigation Funding Ltd - Supreme Court of Gibraltar - Claim No 2014-C-110 Claims by Chevron for conspiracy and unlawful interference against funders of the Lago Agrio litigation in Ecuador (whilst at Kobre & Kim LLP).
  • Assisting Daniel Bovensiepen (during pupillage) with an application for summary judgment arising out of a claim for breach of a settlement agreement.
  • Assisting Tony Beswetherick (during pupillage) with a claim for breach of a franchise agreement.
  • Assisting Tony Beswetherick (during pupillage) with a potential claim for breach of a Share Purchase Agreement.
  • Al Saud & Anor v Forbes LLC & Ors [2014] EWHC 3823 (QB) A claim by HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal for libel against Forbes magazine (whilst at Kobre & Kim LLP).
  • Ariadne Capital Ltd v Serageldin [2013] EWHC 263 (QB) A claim concerning an employee’s obligations under a services agreement (whilst at Kobre & Kim LLP). 
Arbitration and related applications

Examples of Sam’s experience include:

  • An international arbitration between a large mining company and a State concerning the recovery of certain levy payments made to the respondent government pursuant to the claimant's right to mine and export bauxite (assisting Alexander Layton QC and Sean Snook during pupillage).
  • Sino Channel Asia Ltd v Dana Shipping and Trading PTE Singapore & Anor [2016] EWHC 1118 (Comm) An application to set aside an arbitral award under ss. 67, 68 and 72 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (assisting Michael Coburn QC during pupillage).
  • An international arbitration between two mining companies relating to losses at an exploration site caused by rioting in an African State (assisting Luke Pearce during pupillage).
  • Neon Shipping Inc v Foreign Economic & Technical Corporation Co of China and Another [2016] EWHC 399 (Comm) An appeal under s.69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 considering the nature and scope of the builder's obligation to deliver the vessel fit for "normal worldwide service" and the impact of the contract’s limitation provisions (assisting Sean Snook during pupillage).
  • An application challenging the jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal under s.72 of the Arbitration Act 1996 on behalf of an African energy company (assisting Angharad Parry during pupillage).


Private International Law

Sam has a particular interest in cases involving elements of Private International Law, having taught on the undergraduate course at University College London.

Sam has experience of jurisdictional challenges, choice of law issues, the enforcement of foreign judgments and anti-suit injunctions.

He was recently instructed as part of the counsel team challenging the jurisdiction of the High Court in relation to an application for service out of the jurisdiction.


Civil Fraud

Aside from the Chevron/Lago Agrio litigation, many of the cases on which Sam has worked have involved an element of civil fraud. Examples include:

  • Euro-Asian Oil Sa v Abilo (UK) Ltd and Others A claim for fraud relating to an $18m cargo of oil (assisting Andrew Baker QC during pupillage).
  • Assisting with the representation of a London based trader accused of manipulating the foreign exchange market (whilst at Kobre & Kim).

During pupillage, Sam gained experience of a broad range of shipping matters in both court proceedings and in arbitration.

He has assisted with advising and drafting in a range of areas, including: 

  • Charterparties
  • Bills of Lading
  • Cargo Claims
  • Collisions
  • Salvage
  • General Average
  • International sale contracts  
  • Ship sale and purchase 
  • COAs 
Banking and Finance

As a pupil, Sam worked on a number of cases in the banking and financial services sector. Examples include:

  • Lehman Brothers International (Europe) v. (1) DZ Bank; (2) Bank of New York Mellon A claim by Lehman Brothers International (Europe) for sums payable on the termination of a Global Master Repurchase Agreement following Lehman’s insolvency in 2008 (assisting Sean Snook during pupillage).
  • A potential claim for breach of a bank’s business account terms and conditions raising issues of unjust enrichment and the proper interpretation of the Payment Services Regulations 2009 (assisting Tony Beswetherick during pupillage).
  • Whilst at Kobre & Kim, Sam assisted with the representation of a bank in relation to a claim for breach of a mortgage referral agreement.
Company Law and Insolvency

Sam sat with a company law and insolvency specialist during pupillage. He retains a strong interest in these fields and has experienced matters involving:

  • the OW Bunkers insolvency
  • the insolvent estate of the late Mr Boris Berezovsky
  • the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales to wind up a foreign company
  • the effect of insolvency on arbitral proceedings
Energy and Natural Resources

During pupillage, Sam worked on several cases relating to the energy and natural resources sector.

Typical work included assisting with a claim regarding the payment of special taxes on mines and mineral production. 

Insurance and Reinsurance

As a pupil, Sam experienced a wide range of insurance and reinsurance matters. These included the proper construction of an aggregation clause in a retrocession agreement and the proper construction of a claims notification clause in a professional indemnity insurance policy. 

Education and Career: 


BPP Law School (2014-15)

BPTC, Outstanding

University of Oxford, Mansfield College (2013-14)

Bachelor of Civil Laws, Distinction

University of Cambridge, Queens’ College (2009-12)

BA (Hons) in Law, First Class



Kobre & Kim (UK) LLP (2013-14)

Consultant Analyst

Kobre & Kim (UK) LLP (2012-13)


Surrey International Law Centre (2013)

Research Assistant 


Awards and Scholarships:

Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple (2015)

Excellence Award, BPP (2015)

Queen Mother Scholar, Middle Temple (2014)

Hardwicke Entrance Award, Middle Temple (2014)

Academic Award, Mansfield College (Oxford) (2014)

Javon Scholarship (2013)

Foundation Scholarship, Queens’ College (Cambridge) (2012)


Appointments and Society Memberships: 

The Honourable Society of Middle Temple


LCIA Young International Arbitration Group

London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association

London Shipping Law Centre