Samuel Rabinowitz

Samuel Rabinowitz

Call 2016

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Richard Evans

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Expertise

Notable Aviation & Travel Cases


Regularly appearing (as sole counsel) in the County Court on behalf of airlines defending claims brought against them under EU Regulation 261/2004, the Montreal Convention 1999 and other causes of action.


Assisting a member of Chambers (as a pupil) in advising a participant in the aviation industry as to the possible implications of Brexit on the applicable legal framework.

Notable Banking & Finance Cases


CNM Estates (Tolworth Tower) Ltd v VeCREF I SARL & others

Acting (led by Tamara Oppenheimer QC) for the lender defendants in a circa £45 million claim for alleged breaches of loan agreements entered into in relation to a property development.


J Jeffery (Builder) Limited v Santander UK Plc

Acting for the defendant bank (led by Tamara Oppenheimer) in the two-week trial in July 2019 of an interest rate swap mis-selling claim.


Acting (as sole counsel) for Barclays Bank in a trial in the County Court regarding the alleged misselling of payment protection insurance (2022).


CCUK Finance Ltd & Anor v Barclays Bank Plc [2018] EWHC 304 (Comm)

Judicial assistant to Popplewell J during the hearing. An application for summary judgment on particular heads of relief in a claim involving allegations of misselling of credit card accounts by a bank.


(As a pupil) assisting various members of Chambers in defending claims concerning the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products, including claims alleging LIBOR manipulation.


(As a pupil) assisting in the defence of a claim against a bank relating to the alleged breach of a loan facility.

Notable Civil Fraud Cases


Terre Neuve & Ors v Yewdale & Ors

Acting for the claimants (led by, variously, Alain Choo-Choy QC, Alex Barden and Simon Atrill), in civil fraud proceedings involving allegations under Swiss and French law of breach of contract, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duties, money laundering and various other breaches of civil and criminal provisions. Hearings have included a series of jurisdiction challenges, resulting in particular in the judgment of Bryan J reported at [2020] EWHC 772 (Comm) on, among other things, the scope of jurisdiction agreements.


Wilton Trustees (IoM) Ltd & Anor v AFS Trustee Ltd & Ors BVIHC (COM) 2018/154

Acting for the claimants (led by Camilla Bingham QC) in civil fraud proceedings in the BVI Commercial Court and Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, arising out of the Steinhoff accounting scandal in South Africa and involving allegations of conspiracy, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt, misrepresentation and breach of trust against multiple defendants.


HRH Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud & Anor v Ronald Gibbs & Anor

Acting for the claimants (led by Simon Atrill) in Commercial Court proceedings alleging the misappropriation of and/or breach of contract and/or negligence in relation to $25 million and its proceeds by the claimants’ former adviser, and for alleged consequential losses. Claims are brought in breach of trust and/or fiduciary duty, knowing receipt, unjust enrichment, negligence and breach of contract, and under English, Swiss and/or Saudi law. Hearings have included successful applications for summary judgment and interim payments in relation to certain of the Second Claimant’s claims, at [2022] EWHC 1052 (Comm), and for further information under CPR Part 18 at [2022] EWHC 706 (Comm).


Acting for two (of the four) defendants, initially as sole counsel, subsequently led by Simon Atrill, in a claim in the High Court, Chancery Division, defending allegations of, among other things, the wrongful use of trust funds and management without authority of trust assets by the beneficiary of a trust and associated persons/ companies.


FM Capital Partners Ltd v Marino & Ors [2018] EWHC 1768 (Comm)

Judicial assistant to Cockerill J during the trial. A civil fraud claim brought by a company against its former director and his associate, involving allegations of conspiracy, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt, bribery and breach of fiduciary duties, and raising issues relating to the conflict of laws, Swiss law and adverse inferences.


Group Seven Ltd & Ors v Notable Services LLP & Ors [2018] PNLR 6, [2017] EWHC 2466 (Ch)

Assisting Simon Atrill (as a pupil) in acting for the claimants relating to claims in dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and conspiracy against multiple defendants arising out of a fraud.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


HRH Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud & Anor v Ronald Gibbs & Anor

Acting for the claimants (led by Simon Atrill) in Commercial Court proceedings alleging the misappropriation of and/or breach of contract and/or negligence in relation to $25 million and its proceeds by the claimants’ former adviser, and for alleged consequential losses. Claims are brought in breach of trust and/or fiduciary duty, knowing receipt, unjust enrichment, negligence and breach of contract, and under English, Swiss and/or Saudi law. Hearings have included successful applications for summary judgment and interim payments in relation to certain of the Second Claimant’s claims, at [2022] EWHC 1052 (Comm), and for further information under CPR Part 18 at [2022] EWHC 706 (Comm).


Acting for two (of the four) defendants, initially as sole counsel, subsequently led by Simon Atrill, in a claim in the High Court, Chancery Division defending allegations of, among other things, the wrongful use of trust funds and management without authority of trust assets by the beneficiary of a trust and associated persons/ companies.


Municipality of Mariana & Ors v BHP Billiton plc (the Fundão Dam Litigation)

Acting as part of the counsel team for the claimants in a circa $5 billion claim brought by over 200,000 individuals, businesses, municipalities and others in relation to the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil in November 2015. One of The Lawyer’s ‘Top 20 Cases’ of 2020.


Katara v Guez [2018] EWHC 3063 (Comm)

Acting for the claimant (led by Stuart Ritchie QC) in the two-week trial of a €65 million claim to enforce a guarantee arising out of the sale of the business which held the Buddha Bar franchise.


Appearing (as sole counsel) in the Urgent Applications Court in the High Court to obtain a stay of a Court Order and an extension of time to file evidence.


Acting (as sole counsel) for a restaurant in setting aside default judgment in the County Court in relation to a claim regarding the recruitment of a chef.


O3B Africa Ltd v Interactive E-Solutions JLT & Anor [2018] EWHC 2072 (Comm)

Judicial assistant to Robin Knowles J during the trial of a contractual dispute regarding the delivery of mobile telecommunications in Pakistan.


Reliance Industries Ltd and BG Exploration & Production India Ltd v Union of India [2018] EWHC 822 (Comm)

Judicial assistant to Popplewell J during the hearing. A series of challenges to an arbitration award under sections 67, 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996.


Blue v Ashley [2017] EWHC 1928 (Comm)

Assisting Simon Atrill (as a pupil) in acting for the claimant, Mr Blue, in a trial on whether a binding contract had been entered into with Mike Ashley on the basis of an alleged oral agreement reached in a pub.

Notable Privilege, Confidentiality & Conflicts of Interest Cases


ENRC v Dechert LLP and David Neil Gerrard [2020] EWHC 1002 (Comm)

Acting (with Anna Boase QC, Tamara Oppenheimer QC, Tim Akkouh and Alyssa Stansbury) for the Claimant in relation to issues of legal professional privilege arising upon the Defendants’ disclosure challenge, in proceedings in which the Claimant alleges negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract against its former solicitors. One of The Lawyer’s ‘Top 20 Cases’ of 2021.


Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton UK LLP & Ors

Acting as part of the counsel team for Grant Thornton in relation to privilege issues in a large civil fraud and conspiracy claim. One of The Lawyer’s ‘Top 20 Cases’ of 2018.


The Director of the SFO v ENRC [2017] 1 WLR 4205, [2017] EWHC 1017 (QB)

Assisting Tamara Oppenheimer (as a pupil) in acting for the claimant in a trial relating to issues of legal professional privilege.

Notable Professional Negligence Cases


J Jeffery (Builder) Limited v Santander UK plc

Acting for the defendant bank (led by Tamara Oppenheimer) in the two-week trial in July 2019 of an interest rate swap mis-selling claim.


Hassan Khan and The Khan Partnership v Al-Shanfari and Al Rawas

Acting (as sole counsel) for the claimants in a CMC in the High Court (QBD), dealing with questions of a split-trial and expert evidence in a case involving unpaid legal fees and allegations of professional negligence.


Assetco Plc v Grant Thornton UK LLP [2019] EWHC 150 (Comm)

Judicial assistant to Bryan J during the trial. A professional negligence claim relating to an auditor’s failure to detect management fraud and raising issues of legal causation and damages based on the loss of a chance.


Assisting a member of Chambers (as a pupil) in acting for the claimant in relation to a professional negligence claim against a law firm.

  • City Law School: BPTC (Outstanding)
  • Jesus College, Oxford University: Senior Status BA in Jurisprudence (First Class Honours)
  • Balliol College, Oxford University: BA in History (First Class Honours)

  • Sam has been called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands.

  • Western District Cricket Union: Disciplinary and Appeals panel, Western District Cricket Union of Scotland.
  • COMBAR: Member of the Junior COMBAR Executive Committee since 2019, which represents the interests of junior practitioners at the Commercial Bar. Member of the COMBAR Remote Hearings Working Group which undertook consultations and produced guidance notes in 2020.
  • YFLA: Member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association.
  • LCLCBA: Member of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.
  • Lincoln’s Inn: Cholmeley Studentship (Pupillage Scholarship) (2016), Buchanan Prize for performance in Bar Finals (2016), Lord Denning Scholarship (2015-16), Lord Haldane Scholarship (2014-15), Hardwicke Entrance Award (2014).
  • City Law School: Everard Ver Heyden Prize for performance in Bar Finals (2016), BPTC Scholarship (2015-16).
  • Jesus College, Oxford: College Prize for performance in Final examinations (2015), Open Scholarship (2013-14 and 2014-15), SR Welson Prize for performance in Law (2014).
  • Oxford University: Kirk-Greene Prize for the top thesis on Modern African History (thesis on the extent to which football challenged apartheid in 1970s South Africa) (2012).
  • Balliol College, Oxford: Reynolds Scholarship (2011-12), Reynolds Exhibition (2010-11).

  • Contributor to The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations (GIR, 4th-6th editions, 2020-2022): chapter on “Privilege: The UK Perspective”, with Tamara Oppenheimer QC and Rebecca Loveridge.

  • French (basic)
  • Spanish (basic)

For enquiries please contact

Richard Evans

Richard Evans
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3771
Click here to email

Katie Palmer

Katie Palmer
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7842 3709
Click here to email

  • City Law School: BPTC (Outstanding)
  • Jesus College, Oxford University: Senior Status BA in Jurisprudence (First Class Honours)
  • Balliol College, Oxford University: BA in History (First Class Honours)

  • Sam has been called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands.

  • Western District Cricket Union: Disciplinary and Appeals panel, Western District Cricket Union of Scotland.
  • COMBAR: Member of the Junior COMBAR Executive Committee since 2019, which represents the interests of junior practitioners at the Commercial Bar. Member of the COMBAR Remote Hearings Working Group which undertook consultations and produced guidance notes in 2020.
  • YFLA: Member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association.
  • LCLCBA: Member of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.
  • Lincoln’s Inn: Cholmeley Studentship (Pupillage Scholarship) (2016), Buchanan Prize for performance in Bar Finals (2016), Lord Denning Scholarship (2015-16), Lord Haldane Scholarship (2014-15), Hardwicke Entrance Award (2014).
  • City Law School: Everard Ver Heyden Prize for performance in Bar Finals (2016), BPTC Scholarship (2015-16).
  • Jesus College, Oxford: College Prize for performance in Final examinations (2015), Open Scholarship (2013-14 and 2014-15), SR Welson Prize for performance in Law (2014).
  • Oxford University: Kirk-Greene Prize for the top thesis on Modern African History (thesis on the extent to which football challenged apartheid in 1970s South Africa) (2012).
  • Balliol College, Oxford: Reynolds Scholarship (2011-12), Reynolds Exhibition (2010-11).

  • Contributor to The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations (GIR, 4th-6th editions, 2020-2022): chapter on “Privilege: The UK Perspective”, with Tamara Oppenheimer QC and Rebecca Loveridge.

  • French (basic)
  • Spanish (basic)

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