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 specialises in all chambers’ main practice areas. He also has particular expertise in consumer credit, regulatory and general commercial matters. He regularly advises and acts for financial institutions, brokers and intermediaries in relation to compliance with the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and the FCA Handbook. Thomas has appeared at all levels of tribunal from the County and High Court, to the Supreme Court. He is also public access qualified and willing to accept instructions from individuals and companies where appropriate.


Called 2009; Lincoln’s Inn; contributing editor to ‘Consumer & Trading Standards: Law and Practice’ and ‘Encyclopaedia of Banking Law’.


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

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Financial services regulation

Within: Leading Juniors -

Thomas Samuels

Gough Square Chambers

Very intelligent and hardworking junior, blessed with good judgement.

Gough Square Chambers has ‘a strong reputation for banking disputes with a regulatory focus – clients do not need to be persuaded to instruct counsel from this set‘, say solicitors. Recently, members such as Thomas Samuels  were involved in R (Berkeley Burke SIPP Administration Ltd) v Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd & Others. Simon Popplewell represented Fortwell Finance in  Halstead v Fortwell Finance Ltd which went to the Court of Appeal.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Juniors -

Thomas Samuels

Gough Square Chambers

He is a strong advocate and has dealt spontaneously with issues as they occur whilst in court.

Gough Square Chambers offers ‘deep knowledge across the set as a whole‘ and is ‘excellent in consumer finance affairs‘, according to sources, who note how chambers fields a selection of ‘hugely experienced barristers who have seen it all‘. The set’s members, including Fred Philpott and Ruth Bala, have been involved in the defence of several significant group actions, including payday lender claims. In Various v Shawbrook Bank Ltd, a case which concerns the mis-selling of solar panel systems, Iain Macdonald and Thomas Samuels are among four members representing the defendants.