Adam Samuel > Chambers of Oliver Segal KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Oliver Segal KC
Old Square Chambers
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Work Department

Personal injury, clinical negligence, product liability.


Adam has a common law and civil practice, with a particular emphasis on personal injury and employment litigation. He drafts, advises and appears in court and tribunals on behalf of claimants and defendants/respondents and has conducted interlocutory advocacy in cases worth in excess of £1M. The general scope of cases in which he is involved runs up to and includes those of ‘six figure’ value. He has lectured firms of solicitors on numerous subjects within the field. Interesting recent cases concern the widely-reported civil action brought by a victim of Ian Huntley in respect of a serious sexual assault prior to the commission of the Soham murders; the relationship between the principles laid down in Parry v Cleaver and the provision of benefits in kind by insurance companies; the recovery of charges from hire purchase companies refusing to consent to disposal of damaged vehicles; the applicability of fixed cost regimes and the construction of ‘costs only proceedings’ prior to clarification of the rules in April 2005. He retains an academic interest in comparative law, French law, history and politics.


Called 2003.


French (near-native).



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Personal injury - Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Adam Samuel – Old Square Chambers ‘Accessible, easy to work with and an excellent advocate.’

The personal injury set at Old Square Chambers is renowned for its ‘talent in the personal injury field’. Recent developments amidst the team include the 2022 appointment to silk of Charles Woodhouse KC, and the continued impressive caseloads of Paul Rose KC and Ben Collins KC respectively. At the junior end, Kara Loraine has been led on matters including the ongoing £33m High Court case of Mathieu v Aviva, wherein she is acting for an art student who suffered a traumatic brain injury when hit by a moped in 2015 but went on to become a successful contemporary artist; discussions include whether provisional damages can be awarded for the risk of developing dementia and on the taxation of damages for a claimant residing abroad claiming for the onset of later illness. In addition, Adam Samuel is notable for his representation of high-profile defendant insurers on multi-million-pound matters, including Galvin v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, wherein the claimant policeman was seeking damages against the force for injuries suffered whilst he pursued a suspected thief, and his proceeding retirement from front line duties in the force – the claim was dismissed in full.