Graeme Sampson

Year of Call: 1981
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Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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Graeme has over 30 years experience at the Bar. He has wide experience of all forms of commercial work and has acted for numerous commercial clients for whom the commercial aspects of litigation are all important. He brings to bear his in depth knowledge of litigation as well as ADR (he is an experienced mediator and an adjudicator for the Scheme for Construction Contracts). He is recognised as an impressive advocate in all forms of tribunals, including the Court of Appeal, The High Court and in arbitration.

Graeme’s commercial practice focuses on:

  • Trade disputes
  • Corporate and partnership disputes
  • Joint ventures
  • Insurance
  • Professional Liability
  • Arbitration, mediation and ADR

Noteworthy and recent cases include:

  • Misuse of confidential information within an energy brokerage
  • Insurance policy coverage issues relating to 10 blocks of luxury flats in Jersey
  • Termination of joint venture for construction of Mayfair flat development
  • Dispute between groundworks contractor and professional football club
  • Acting for electrical systems supplier for non-payment/performance issues over multiple contracts for Home Office supply
  • Advising on claim in arbitration under GAFTA rules
  • Advising as to claim in relation to sale and lease of large farm in Cornwall
  • Acting on behalf of retirement homes supplier in dispute arising from sale of large number of sites to competitor

Energy law 
Graeme has developed a practice focusing on energy and in particular renewables. This brings together his commercial, construction and planning expertise.

Recent cases include: 

  • Advising protest group in relation to the Barton Moss fracking site
  • Advising in relation to bio mass boiler located in a far
  • Advising major renewables company in relation to as to generic planning issues when developing solar and wind farms
  • Advising as to noise nuisance emanating from very large wind turbine
  • Advising as to legal implications arising from location of transformer for very large solar farm

Professional Negligence 
Graeme has been in practice for 30 years and throughout has maintained a professional negligence practice. Developing a practice which began with an emphasis on medical negligence claims he now acts in respect of a range of professional activities including lawyers, accountants and has a particular focus upon construction professionals. He acts for claimants (both individuals and corporate) and defendants; the professionals and their insurers.

He has wide experience of dealing with the particular issues and disputes which arise under insurance claims, including coverage and policy wording. He has wide experience of the commercial issues which arise for insurers handling claims and is able to advise upon such issues from a commercial and practical outlook.

Recent experience 

  • Multi-million pound solicitors negligence claim arising from failure to consider the Athens Convention.
  • Solicitors negligence claim arising from failure to advise as to restrictive covenant affecting development land.
  • Claim against architect in respect of works to listed church.
  • Claim against engineers over defective steelworks to railways bridges.
  • Claim against solicitors arising from failure to advise as to effect of business sale agreement.
  • Claim against solicitors arising from allegedly negligent conveyance of solar panel farm in Cornwall.

Notable Cases: 
Bass Taverns Ltd v Carford Catering Ltd [2002] EWCA Civ. Court of Appeal
- abuse of process, striking out.

Graham v Entec Ltd [2003] 4 All ER 1345, 92 Con LR 35. Court of Appeal
- extent of loss adjusters' "knowledge", Limitation Act 1980.

Mason v Richard Freeman & Co [2010] All ER (D) 241 (Mar), [2010] EWCA Civ 287
Court of Appeal claim against solicitors following negligent/dishonest conveyancing transaction.

Six Continents Retail Ltd v Carford Catering Ltd [2003] EWCA Civ 1790. Court of Appeal - break in chain of causation where negligence alleged.

Warner v Penningtons (a firm) and others [2010] All ER (D) 106 (Jul) [2010] EWHC 1753 (QB)
representing solicitors in seven figure professional negligence claim arising from settlement of personal injury action. Issue as to liability of expert witness


  • 3rd Jul 2017

    In its latest judgment on contractual interpretation, the Court of Appeal provides further guidance on the interpretation of exclusion and the contra proferentem rule.

    Graeme Sampson (call 2010) analyses the recent case of (1) PERSIMMON HOMES LTD (2) TAYLOR WIMPEY UK LTD (3) BDW TRADING LTD v (1) OVE ARUP & PARTNERS LTD (2) OVE ARUP & PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL LTD [2017] EWCA Civ 373, which deals with exemption clauses and how they should be construed.

    Graeme is a Commercial & Construction Law barrister with particular interest in matters which overlap (e.g. Trade disputes, joint ventures, and related professional negligence claims).

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Client testimonials: 

“I was so impressed by your amazing memory and grasp of the case in such a short time. And your quick understanding of the type of person I have been dealing with all this time. And what affect it has had on my health. I feel so reassured being your client. And know I have the best possible chance with you on my side. I cannot express how much I appreciate your help.”

“Graeme Sampson deals with construction and general commercial litigation – laid back but robust in cross examination. He is commercially aware, skilfully handles complex issues and is good at communicating what the strategy or solution should be. An excellent specialist.” (Instructing solicitor)

“Strong and positive advice, excellent with clients in conference and as good on his feet as you would expect of a professional with more than 30 years of experience.  Inspires confidence.” (Instructing solicitor)

“Graeme is approachable and knowledgeable, with broad experience of built environment disputes.  He is commercial and effective in court.” (Instructing solicitor)

'Highly experienced barrister acting across all types of technically sophisticated construction disputes on behalf of contractors, subcontractors and employers. Regularly advises in adjudication, mediation and arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "Very accommodating, quick, dynamic and extremely good at cutting through any irrelevant material." "Very down to earth and always offers practical advice.'

Chambers UK 2017/Construction - Western (Bar) - Band 2

'Experienced practitioner who acts for both supplier and purchaser-side clients. He is instructed on the full gamut of construction law matters.
Strengths: "He is good at gathering together many strands and putting together good, unified advice." "He is commercially aware, skilfully handles complex issues and is good at communicating what the strategy or solution should be.'

Chambers UK 2016/Construction - Western (Bar) - Band 2

'He has expertise in a wide range of building and engineering disputes.'

Legal 500 2014/Western Circuit - Construction.

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Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Law

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Accredited Mediator
  • Adjudicator - Construction Contracts

Professional bodies

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)
  • Technology & Construction Bar Association (TECBAR)
  • The Society of Construction law
  • Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates

Direct Access

Graeme Sampson is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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