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Littleton Chambers


Charles Samek QC

is a renowned Silk specializing in the fields of commercial dispute resolution and civil fraud, with particular expertise in worldwide freezing injunctions, asset protection and tracing relief and search orders. He has acted in much of the leading litigation concerned with those issues including the Dadourian, Ablyazov / Khrapunov, Pugachev and Maksimov litigation. In addition to appearing in the Court of Appeal over twenty-five times, he also appeared in the Supreme Court in one of the leading cases on conspiracy and conflict of laws (JSC BTA Bank v Khrapunov [2018] UKSC 19). He has also been in leading cases concerned with private international law disputes where the jurisdiction of the English Court is advanced or challenged (eg. Cyprus Popular Bank v Vgenopoulos [2018] EWCA Civ 1). For more information and a selection of Charles’ recent cases please visit:


Called 1989; QC 2009. Also called to the Bar of the Easter Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI).


Italian (excellent); French (good)


COMBAR, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association, LCIA European Users Council, International Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association, London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association, British Russian Law Association, British Italian Law Association.


Oriel College, Oxford University; City University.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Charles Samek QCLittleton ChambersTells it like it is and does not sugar-coat his advice, that means clients trust him.

Littleton Chambers has a selection of ‘extremely competent and specialist barristers,‘ who ‘have never let me down‘, according to one instructing solicitor. The set as a whole is praised for being ‘cost effective, knowledgeable, client friendly and flexible‘, and has ‘developed a superb commercial dispute practice in recent years‘, particularly for litigation with ‘an employment angle‘. Key cases include JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov and Ilyas Khrapunov, in which Charles Samek QC and Marc Delehanty represented Khrapunov.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Charles Samek QCLittleton ChambersA very good advocate, strong on the law and with good commercial sense.