Samuel is Head of Commercial Litigation and a senior commercial litigator with over 12 years’ experience of handling complex commercial and civil disputes. Samuel acts in a variety of contentious matters including breach of contract claims, professional negligence claims, defamation claims, judicial review proceedings, debt recovery proceedings, shareholder and joint-venture disputes, insolvency disputes, construction disputes and domestic and international arbitrations. He represents a broad range of clients from high net worth individuals to multi-national corporates. He has extensive experience of litigating civil fraud claims and a particular track record in acting for Middle East clients.
Samuel also advises individual and corporate clients in relation to non-contentious civil matters and has negotiated and prepared several commercial agreements including share sale and purchase agreements, shareholder and joint venture agreements, employment agreements and settlement agreements.
In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Samuel also represents and defends high net worth private clients in cases involving white collar crime.
Samuel acted for a mortgage adviser who was tied into an onerous contract for services agreement with a financial institution. The contract had many provisions which disadvantaged the client from a commercial perspective and prevented the client from leaving within an initial three year lock-in period.
Samuel Manok-Sanoian has successfully achieved a ‘no further action’ for a landlord in relation to an intended prosecution by a local authority for alleged breaches of section 72 of the Housing Act 2004. After submitting extensive written representations which demonstrated that our client was not at fault, Samuel was able to persuade the Council that it would not be in the public interest to proceed with any prosecution.
Successfully struck out a £1.7 million case involving the administration and distribution of an estate. This case was highly unusual as the Claimant was given permission (erroneously) by the County Court to increase the value of his claim against our client to just over £1.7 million in circumstances where the client had already satisfied a previous Judgment entered against him. Samuel applied to set aside the order granting permission and successfully argued that the Court lacked jurisdiction to deal with the claim on the grounds of Res Judicata (i.e. the claim had already been extinguished as a result of Judgment having been entered against the client), and because the value of the claim meant that it should have been commenced in the High Court instead of the County Court. Samuel was also able to obtain a costs order in the client’s favour.
Successfully negotiated a settlement for his client in a High Court defamation case. The case involved false allegations being made against the client on Twitter which had caused serious harm to his reputation. Through careful and tactical negotiation with the other side, Samuel was able to secure the deletion of not only the offending tweets but a wider class of published material, together with an undertaking not to publish them again in future. This resulted in a more advantageous and cost effective outcome for the client than if the matter had proceeded to trial.
Acted for a Saudi trading company in a Commercial Court claim against a Bermudan company for breach of the exclusivity and non-competition provisions contained in a shareholders agreement. The case was settled out of Court following a successful mediation. Samuel was primarily responsible for co-ordinating and implementing the completion steps under the settlement agreement, which resulted in a multi-million dollar pay out to the client.
Acted for a leading Saudi oil conglomerate in multiple fraud and arbitration claims across several jurisdictions, including an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia which involved allegations of corruption, negligence, project delay and disruption in a claim worth over $100 million. Samuel travelled to Saudi Arabia on numerous occasions to proof witnesses and obtain evidence.
Successfully acted for a corporate claimant in a major fraud and bribery claim and obtained judgment for £3 million against a defendant. Samuel managed all steps in the litigation up to trial and successfully enforced the judgment against the defendant’s assets.
Acted for a leading claimant pharmaceutical company in a £300 million fraudulent misrepresentation claim in the Commercial Court against two high profile entrepreneurs subject to Freezing Orders. Samuel was responsible for co-ordinating the disclosure process using technology assisted review and preparing the witness evidence.
Samuel successfully obtained possession orders from the Court on behalf of two landlords who wanted to regain control of their properties, which were unlawfully occupied by trespassers for several months. After tactical negotiations on Samuel’s part, the trespassers agreed to voluntarily leave the properties once the possession orders were granted. The clients were delighted with the outcome as it meant that they did not have to commence eviction proceedings.
Hello Sam, Just to say a humongous thank you to you, it is an amazing result.
We are celebrating tonight although it is still a little unreal. Hope you can both celebrate too, we are indebted to you.
I would like to thank you for all your hard work and professionalism.
I hope not to need your assistance again but if I do need I know where to come.
I can only highly recommend your high quality service you have provided us!
We are extremely grateful to have met Samuel Manok-Sanoian at the end of march 2022, after we urgently needed to find a firm that could help with my uncles potential criminal prosecution. Our local authority were considering taking action against him, due to our previous legal firm massively let us down on several occasions therefore we urgently had to look for a firm that could represent him at such short notice , it was a very complex case, and after explaining our situation to Samuel he didn’t seemed put-off, even with my uncle living in another country and he didn’t speak great English,
Samuel explained how he could help and offered such great advice and was so knowledgeable of the law, and even with the shortness of notice he said he could help. We decided that evening to dis-instruct our original legal firm who after working with for nearly 18 months we had made no progress whatsoever , we therefore needed to instruct Samuel at Monan Gozzett LLP and I can honestly say since day one he was very caring , understanding and we felt that we had made the right decision and within just a matter of weeks,
Samuel had successfully secured a No further action against my uncle which meant no intended criminal prosecution from our local authority. Samuel quickly understood the background of this complicated litigation case; he was always communicating with us, whether be by phone or email and we always felt that he had our best interests at heart and if any issue did ever crop up he handled it so efficiently. We feel that there really wasn’t anything that Samuel couldn’t do for us .
We are beyond grateful to Samuel and his team at Monan Gozzett LLP as he also managed to successfully obtain 2 possession orders all within 6 months of instructing him, who knows where we would have ended up if we didn’t end up working with him.
We as a family all agree that should we need any legal assistance in the future we wouldn’t hesitate to call him at Monan Gozzett LLP .
I’m astounded at how well your Firm performs. My biggest regret is that I didn’t find Sam (Samuel Manok-Sanoian) a decade or two ago.
We wish to inform you of our excellent experience with regard to Monan Gozzett LLP and in particular, one of your solicitors, namely Samuel Manok-Sanoian who is based at your Arundel office. We were experiencing harassment problems with our next door neighbours. This was not a straightforward case. Our local police did not help and due to the way they mishandled the situation they had made matters worse. We contacted a number of solicitors’ firms but they were unwilling to represent us. As matters escalated, we searched the internet to seek a solicitor who dealt with harassment and we found Monan Gozzett's webpage. After speaking to a solicitor, we were immediately put at ease and it was confirmed that your company was willing to represent us.
Our neighbours' bad behaviour continued and this eventually led to the implementation of court proceedings. Sam obviously had in depth knowledge of the case. Distance was no problem as Sam regularly updated us via emails and zoom meetings, in addition to telephone calls. We felt we had a very strong legal team behind us.
We did not go to trial due to an unexpected event concerning the other Party but did go to a court hearing recently, where our case was formally resolved in front of a judge. We are very happy with the result. We have no hesitation in recommending Monan Gozzett LLP for their professionalism, quality and service.
Thank you for everything you have done and all the help you have offered.
The work from the start has been absolutely astounding.
Thank you once again for all your help and professionalism with my matter over the past year
This is a token of our appreciation for all your help and assistance over the last few months. You have been fantastic, thank you!
We both have been extremely impressed with your work to date. We work with lawyers around the world on a daily basis whom we usually find disappointing, so you have done well to impress us as much as you have.
I came across Mr Neal Gozzett about twenty months ago when I was arrested by police for false rape allegations, sexual assault and control & coercive behaviour brought forward by my wife. I was quite new into this country and had absolute zero idea about how the law works, this is a nightmare of stress to deal with when you are falsely accused of such heinous accusations especially by someone that you had so dearly loved and you decide to fight rather than giving up on the rotten system, I had not been more blessed to come across Mr Neal Gozzett, from the very first conversation he had been onto the case, He is smart, intelligent and a very experienced lawyer. His professionalism is what struck me, he is calm and composed, left no stone unturned and went above and beyond to get the justice I deserved, I had a sigh of relief once talking to him, I felt instantly I was in safe hands. Everyone in the team are at their best, Joanne Coller & Samuel, fantastic geniuses. Couldn't be more prouder to come across Mr Neal Gozzett and his team.
Read law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, gaining a first class degree and ranked overall first in his year
Obtained an LL.M from Cambridge University
Called to the Bar in 2004
Admitted as a solicitor in 2007.
Complex and multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes
Civil fraud and asset tracing
Freezing orders, including advising defendants on their asset disclosure obligations under freezing orders
Shareholder and joint venture disputes
Breach of contract claims
Professional negligence claims
Construction disputes, particularly in relation to oil and gas matters, with specific emphasis on project delay and disruption claims
Landlord and tenant disputes
Arbitration proceedings under ICC, LCIA and Dubai DIAC/DIFC arbitration rules
Enforcement of judgments and foreign arbitral awards
Insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings
Breach of trust claims
Negotiating and drafting commercial contracts, share sale and purchase agreements, shareholder agreements, joint venture agreements, employment agreements and settlement agreements.