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Sam Goodman

Sam has a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers' profile. He has acted in a wide range of commercial disputes and has experience acting as sole counsel and as part of larger teams.

Sam has a particular interest in commercial litigation, arbitration, civil fraud and private international law. He has recently acted for or against a number of government bodies and state-owned enterprises, including those from the CIS region, the Middle-East and Eastern Europe, and is familiar with the particular sensitivities of those cases.

Examples of his recent matters include:

  • A worldwide freezing injunction against a Vietnamese commodities company and subsequent proceedings for the committal of several of its directors (with Lawrence Akka QC).
  • An application for complex Norwich Pharmacal/Bankers Trust relief arising out of a c.USD25m fraud perpetrated against a global logistics company (unled, Commercial Court).
  • ICC Arbitration between Swiss and Middle-Eastern parties arising out of a multimillion pound investment in the London property market (with Tony Beswetherick).
  • Slater & Gordon v Watchstone plc (acted for Slater & Gordon in its £600 million claim against Watchstone for fraud and breach of warranty).
  • Proceedings to enforce a c.£130m arbitral award against a State (with Philip Riches).
  • A worldwide freezing injunction against several respondents (including a Chabra respondent) in a claim worth in excess of c.USD2bn (with Paul Lowenstein QC and Philip Hinks).
  • Advising on claims arising out of the c.£245m HBOS fraud involving HBOS’s Impaired Assets Division in Reading (unled).
  • Acting for a Middle-Eastern e-commerce company in an application for urgent injunctive and declaratory relief arising out of a significant fraud perpetrated against the company (unled, Mercantile Court).
  • UNCITRAL Arbitration between Kazakhstani and German parties arising out of a tendering process for an oil services contract (with Philip Riches).
  • Acting for an investor in an international cosmetics company in a claim for breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy (unled, Commercial Court) and an application for Norwich Pharmacal relief.
  • LCIA arbitration worth c.USD95m between Angolan companies arising out of the decommissioning of an oil rig (with Charles Kimmins QC and Charlotte Tan).
  • Advising a government body on jurisdiction, choice of law and merits of claims under an aircraft leasing agreement, raising complex issues regarding the law applicable to an agent’s authority (with David Lewis QC).
  • Acting for the defendant in a mining dispute raising complex technical issues regarding the extraction of ore (unled).
  • Acting for a property investment company in a USD15m claim arising out of an advance fee fraud, including assisting with an application for Norwich Pharmacal relief in Hong Kong and resisting an application challenging the Court's jurisdiction (Commercial Court).
  • A Russian national v a Russian national A claim for c.£70m for breach of contract following a failed joint venture in North Africa.
  • A Private Equity fund v Noteholders A claim for c.£10m for unlawful interference with economic interests and for inducing a breach of contract following a failed investment in a BVI property fund.
  • Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc. and anor A challenge to the Court's jurisdiction over committal proceedings.
  • LMAA arbitration, representing owners in claims for general average arising out of an engine failure that left the vessel stranded at sea (unled). 

In 2017, Sam spent three months on secondment at a boutique litigation firm ranked Band 1 for Civil Fraud.

Sam 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, he 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 USD18bn Lago Agrio litigation.

Sam has been featured in the 2018 Global Data Review 40 Under 40 for his expertise in cybersecurity and cyberfraud disputes.



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

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





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