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Sam Goodman

Sam Goodman has a broad commercial practice covering both litigation and international arbitration, with a particular focus on civil fraud/asset recovery, banking, company and insolvency, energy, IT and international trade. Many of his cases have an international element and give rise to complex questions of private international law.

Sam has experience of substantial litigation before the High Court and Court of Appeal, including interim applications such as freezing orders, search orders, prohibitory injunctions and Norwich  Pharmacal/Bankers Trust relief. He was featured in the 2018 edition of Global Data Review’s “40 under 40”, which recognised his expertise in cyberfraud and cybersecurity disputes.

Prior to joining 20 Essex Street, Sam taught private international law as a Teaching Fellow on UCL’s Conflict of Laws course. He has previously worked at litigation boutique Kobre & Kim LLP, where his matters included the representation of Chevron Corporation in relation to the long-running $18 billion Lago Agrio litigation.

Examples of his recent work include:

  • Fundo Soberano De Angola v dos Santos & Ors [2018] EWHC 2199 (Comm): Acting for a number of private equity funds and other corporate defendants in a successful application to discharge a $3 billion worldwide freezing and proprietary injunction obtained by the Angolan sovereign wealth fund and to challenge the jurisdiction of the English Court over the substantive claims (with Philip Edey QC and Andrew Fulton).Acting in a number of subsidiary applications, including a successful application to vary the terms of the proprietary injunction to enable the payment of legal fees (with Julian Kenny QC).
  • X v S (ad hoc arbitration) [2018]: Acting for a major manufacturer in the defence sector in respect of claims worth c.£50 million brought by a government department (with Duncan Matthews QC and Susannah Jones). 
  • Qatcom LLC v Stephen Jones & Ors [2018] EWHC 492 (Comm): Acting for a Qatari e-commerce company in a successful application for mandatory and prohibitory injunctions against a former senior employee which enabled the company to recover its domain name and other key electronic assets (unled). Instructed to pursue a claim for damages (governed by Qatari law) against several defendants. 
  • Alexander Tugushev v Vitaly Orlov & Ors [2018] Commercial Court: Acting for a defendant in a substantial fraud claim worth up to $350 million arising out of a dispute between Russian oligarchs (with Philip Hinks). 
  • A & Or v B [2018] Commercial Court:  Acting for an overseas financial institution in relation to claims worth $3 billion against its former directors and shareholders (with Paul Lowenstein QC, Adam Kramer and Philip Hinks). 
  • A v B (ICC arbitration) [2018]: Acting for a Middle-Eastern party in relation to claims for unfair prejudice and breach of contract arising out of a multimillion pound investment in the London property market (with Tony Beswetherick). Successfully resisting various applications made by the Claimants before the tribunal (unled). 
  • A v B [2018] Commercial Court: Acting for a financial institution in an application to enforce an arbitral award worth in excess of £100 million against a European State (giving rise to the question of whether the ECJ’s recent decision in Achmea offers a defence to enforcement) (with Philip Riches). 
  • Marubeni v Navico & Ors [2017] Commercial Court: Acting for a commodities trading house in a successful application for a worldwide freezing injunction and subsequent proceedings for the committal of several of the defendant’s directors (with Lawrence Akka QC).


Other recent work includes:

  • An application for complex Norwich Pharmacal/Bankers Trust relief arising out of a c.$25 million fraud perpetrated against a global logistics company (unled, Commercial Court).
  • 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 a private equity fund in a claim for c.£10 million for unlawful interference with economic interests and for inducing a breach of contract following a failed investment in a BVI property fund (unled).
  • Advising a Russian politician in a claim for c.£70 million for breach of contract following a failed joint venture in North Africa.
  • Acting for owners in LMAA arbitration in claims for general average arising out of an engine failure that left the vessel stranded at sea (unled).
  • Acting for an insolvent Bank in relation to an application for a worldwide freezing injunction against a number of Chabra respondents.
  • 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.
  • Acting for the defendant in a mining dispute raising complex technical issues regarding the extraction of ore (unled).
  • Acting in LCIA arbitration worth c.$95 million between African companies arising out of the decommissioning of an oil rig (with Charles Kimmins QC and Charlotte Tan).
  • Acting in UNCITRAL Arbitration between Kazakhstani and German parties arising out of a tendering process for an oil services contract (with Philip Riches).


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.


  • 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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