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Charles Samek KC

Silk: 2009 | Call: 1989

King’s Counsel

"A very hands-on, thorough and forensic lawyer." "A fantastically robust cross-examiner and advocate who you want by your side in any civil fraud challenge."

(Chambers & Partners 2022)

"Really sharp-witted and punchy, he has seen it all and has the trust of clients." "He is very good at handling the most difficult cases."

(Chambers & Partners 2022)

"A powerful advocate with a memorable turn of phrase. A great tactician capable of navigating a path through to the desired final goal."

(Legal 500 2022)

"A superb advocate. Extremely supportive. Very positive in his advice, whether good or bad. A real fighter who it is an enormous advantage to have on your team."

(Legal 500 2022)

"A sophisticated advocate who is good on the detail." "He is clever and willing to go the extra mile."

(Chambers & Partners 2021)

"A fantastic civil fraud practitioner." "He is a great advocate in court and is very effective. He really knows his stuff and is very direct." "He works very hard and is always well prepared."

(Chambers & Partners 2021)

"A combative advocate who commands the stage in any hearing."

(Legal 500 2021)

"Strong tactician, team player, great on his feet, fights for the win."

(Legal 500 2021)

"A very accomplished client lawyer and he has a tremendous bedside manner, even when imparting hard truths."

(Legal 500 2021)

"A very good advocate, strong on the law and with good commercial sense." "Tells it like it is and does not sugar-coat his advice, that means clients trust him."

(Legal 500 2020)

"Charles is decisive, his arguments are confidently put, and he has good, sound judgement." "Charles Samek QC is a tenacious, creative and determined fraud lawyer." "A formidable opponent."

(Chambers & Partners 2020)

Charles Samek KC

"A very hands-on, thorough and forensic lawyer." "A fantastically robust cross-examiner and advocate who you want by your side in any civil fraud challenge."

(Chambers & Partners 2022)

"Really sharp-witted and punchy, he has seen it all and has the trust of clients." "He is very good at handling the most difficult cases."

(Chambers & Partners 2022)

"A powerful advocate with a memorable turn of phrase. A great tactician capable of navigating a path through to the desired final goal."

(Legal 500 2022)

"A superb advocate. Extremely supportive. Very positive in his advice, whether good or bad. A real fighter who it is an enormous advantage to have on your team."

(Legal 500 2022)

"A sophisticated advocate who is good on the detail." "He is clever and willing to go the extra mile."

(Chambers & Partners 2021)

"A fantastic civil fraud practitioner." "He is a great advocate in court and is very effective. He really knows his stuff and is very direct." "He works very hard and is always well prepared."

(Chambers & Partners 2021)

"A combative advocate who commands the stage in any hearing."

(Legal 500 2021)

"Strong tactician, team player, great on his feet, fights for the win."

(Legal 500 2021)

"A very accomplished client lawyer and he has a tremendous bedside manner, even when imparting hard truths."

(Legal 500 2021)

"A very good advocate, strong on the law and with good commercial sense." "Tells it like it is and does not sugar-coat his advice, that means clients trust him."

(Legal 500 2020)

"Charles is decisive, his arguments are confidently put, and he has good, sound judgement." "Charles Samek QC is a tenacious, creative and determined fraud lawyer." "A formidable opponent."

(Chambers & Partners 2020)

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Charles Samek has been a KC since 2009, taking Silk after just 19 years at the Bar.

He is recommended in the directories as a leading KC for banking and finance, commercial litigation and civil fraud. He was also shortlisted by Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year 2019.

Directory quotes include:

  • “A combative advocate who commands the stage in any hearing.”
  • “Strong tactician, team player, great on his feet, fights for the win.”
  • “A fantastically robust cross-examiner.”

He has special expertise in (i) commercial (civil) fraud and asset tracing, (ii) business crime, (iii) worldwide freezing orders and other interim protective relief, (iv) private international law cases on jurisdiction and registration and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, (v) shareholder disputes, minority protection actions and shareholder agreement claims, (vi) banking, financial and investment disputes, (vii) commodities disputes and (viii) committal and contempt proceedings.

Charles is also called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, including the British Virgin Islands, where he has appeared in multiple cases in the Commercial Division and twice in leading cases in the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal. Charles is admitted to the Cayman Islands Bar (ad hoc), where he has appeared on several occasions. He also has unlimited rights of audience for the Astana International Financial Centre Court.

Some notable cases include:

  • the Dadourian (fraud and WFO) litigation, which resulted in three leading English Court of Appeal cases;
  • the BTA v Khrapunov & Ablyazov litigation, resulting in a leading UK Supreme Court decision on the law relating to Worldwide Freezing Orders and the law of conspiracy;
  • acting for several Italian public/municipal bodies in SWAPS litigation against foreign banks;
  • numerous leading cases on forum conveniens and English High Court jurisdiction.

Current work (as at June 2022) includes:

  • acting for a supplier of PPE equipment to the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care in the COVID pandemic;
  • acting in relation to the sale of property on Sloane Avenue to the Secretariat of State of the Holy See;
  • a shareholder / SPA dispute in relation to the sale of a pharmaceutical company;
  • litigation concerning the sale of beneficial interests in shares of a scientific device company;
  • acting for a Cayman company in its defence to claims brought by a Brazilian administrator of a bankrupt state etc.

Charles has acted in many cases involving foreign law – Brazilian, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Icelandic, Iranian, Italian, Lebanese, New York State, Russian, Iranian, Saudi (Hanbali school), Ukrainian, UAE law, US federal law including having cross-examined on Iranian (pensions) and Saudi (“amaana” (breach of fiduciary duty), tort, damages) law.

Education: Oriel College, Oxford University (Bachelor of Arts (2:1) & Master of Arts, in Latin and Greek literature, Greek and Roman ancient history and modern and ancient philosophy (Literae Humaniores)); St. Paul’s School, Barnes.

Languages: Italian (excellent), French (good) and Russian (basic conversational).

Civil Fraud

Commercial / Banking Litigation

Jurisdiction Disputes & Anti-suit Injunctions

Eastern Caribbean (including British Virgin Islands) Instructions

Arbitration

Русский Профиль

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