Sam Goodman > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Banking and finance
  • Civil fraud
  • Commercial law
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Insolvency and company law
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Private international law
  • Shipping
  • Technology, media and telecoms


Sam 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, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He is regularly instructed on interim applications such as freezing orders, search orders, prohibitory injunctions and Norwich Pharmacal/Bankers Trust relief.

Sam was featured in the 2018 edition of Global Data Review’s “40 under 40”, which recognised his expertise in cyberfraud and cybersecurity disputes. He was recently instructed in the first Bitcoin trial to take place in Singapore.

Prior to joining Twenty Essex, 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.


Year of call: 2015


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
  • ICC
  • London Court of International Arbitration Young International Arbitration Group
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • London Shipping Law Centre


  • BPP Law School: Bar Professional Training Course, Outstanding (2015)
  • University of Oxford, Mansfield College: Bachelor of Civil Laws, Distinction (2014)
  • University of Cambridge, Queens’ College: BA (Hons) in Law, First Class (2012)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Sam GoodmanTwenty Essex ‘Sam is a well sought after barrister because he has excellent experience across the board but particularly involving matters with a cross-border/international element. Sam is very thorough, which is good for raising and considering points that may not have been thought about before. He is an excellent communicator who can put across his advice in a methodical and clear manner.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Sam GoodmanTwenty Essex ‘Sam is a terrific lawyer and will be one of the leading lights at the commercial bar in years to come.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Sam GoodmanTwenty Essex ‘Sam is a future star. He is excellent in his legal and factual analysis and in his judgement calls. Solicitors would never hesitate to instruct as a junior in a substantial fraud case.’

Twenty Essex is going from ‘strength to strength with many quality advocates at all levels particularly in fraud and insolvency‘. The set’s offering also overlaps into key areas such as banking and commodities. Multiple members were represented defendants in PJSC National Bank Trust; PJSC Otkritie Bank Financial Corporation v Mints, a fraudulent conspiracy claim in relation to the restructuring of loans, with Philip Edey KC and Sarah Tresman representing Boris Mints and Duncan Matthews KC representing Igor, one of his three co-defendant sons. In The Libyan Investment Authority v Credit Suisse International; Man Asset Management (Ireland) Limited; Frontier Investment Management Partners Ltd & others, Paul Lowenstein KC and Sam Goodman  successfully defended Frontier Investment Management Partners in the last of several high-profile investment disputes brought by the Libyan sovereign wealth fund.