Thomas Samuels > Chambers of Kevin de Haan QC and Jonathan Goulding > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Kevin de Haan QC and Jonathan Goulding
Gough Square Chambers


Thomas is a financial services and consumer/regulatory law specialist. His clients include banks, insurers, pensions providers, technology companies and high net-worth individuals. He is an experienced litigator and regularly provides strategic advice in relation to large and high-profile litigation. In addition, Thomas maintains a busy non-contentious advisory practice, primarily in relation to questions of legal and regulatory compliance.

Thomas is an author of “Mis-Selling Financial Services” (Elgar Publishers, 2019), and is and editor of the “Encyclopedia of FInancial Services Law” and the “Encyclopedia of Banking Law”. In addition, he contributes to Gough Square Chambers’ monthly consumer credit column for PLC.


2009 – Called to the Bar
2010 to present – member of Gough Square Chambers  


Lincoln’s Inn


Brentwood School, Essex; Jesus College, University of Oxford (MA (Oxon)).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Thomas SamuelsGough Square ChambersVery intelligent and hardworking junior, blessed with good judgement.

Gough Square Chambers is a ‘very good set for complex regulatory issues‘ and ‘financial services regulated lending work‘. This includes high-end advisory support, as well as contentious dealings with the financial regulators. Stephen Neville is active on the non-contentious side and advised Aldermore Bank on the £380m MotoNovo Securitisation of car finance hire purchase agreements. On the disputes side Jonathan Kirk QC and Thomas Samuels represented the self-invested pension plan administrator in R (Berkeley Burke SIPP Administration Ltd) v FOS, FCA and Charlton, which went to the Court of Appeal. Fred Philpott and Kate Urell were also involved in CFL Finance Ltd v Bass.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Thomas SamuelsGough Square ChambersCombines very strong advocacy with a very intellectual approach.

Gough Square Chambers is ‘excellent for any consumer credit or mortgage regulatory advice‘ and clients appreciate its ‘perfect balance of seniors and juniors‘. Clients also credit ‘a real sense of team in chambers‘, and the fact that more senior members such as Fred Philpotthas helped pass the baton to junior members where appropriate‘. Notable case highlights include Kerrigan & Ors v Elevate Credit, in which Ruth Bala acted for the defendant, and Milne v Open Access Finance Ltd where Iain MacDonald also represented the defendant. Thomas Samuels also achieved a successful result for the defendant in Promontoria (Henrico) Ltd v Samra.