Graeme Sampson

Called to the Bar in 1981 Graeme has gained a wide experience in civil law. With wide experience in all forms of litigation, including historically crime, particularly fraud. He now specialises in construction, property and commercial disputes.

He is a dynamic and effective advocate. Down to earth and practical he has a clear understanding of client needs and the economic realities of litigation. He has conducted numerous serious, complex and lengthy trials.
He has very wide experience in all forms of ADR being an experienced mediator (formerly Head of Mediation at 3PB Chambers), a construction adjudicator and has appeared in a number of commercial and construction arbitrations.

He also has considerable experience of advising clients as to non-litigious matters, particular involving the interpretation of regulatory matters for commercial organisations.

He has experience of regulatory issues and has for some years sat as a Legal assessor for the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC) and has sat as chair of an Appeal Committee relating to university degree approvals for an international health regulator.

Graeme is qualified to undertake public access work and so can represent individuals and companies without the employment of a solicitor. If you are interested in instructing him on this basis please contact the clerks.

Graeme also has experience in dealing with dangerous structure matters.

Client testimonials:

“I was so impressed by your amazing memory and grasp of the case in such a short time. And your quick understanding of the type of person I have been dealing with all this time. And what affect it has had on my health. I feel so reassured being your client. And know I have the best possible chance with you on my side. I cannot express how much I appreciate your help.”

“Graeme Sampson deals with construction and general commercial litigation – laid back but robust in cross examination. He is commercially aware, skilfully handles complex issues and is good at communicating what the strategy or solution should be. An excellent specialist.” (Instructing solicitor)

“Strong and positive advice, excellent with clients in conference and as good on his feet as you would expect of a professional with more than 30 years of experience. Inspires confidence.” (Instructing solicitor)

“Graeme is approachable and knowledgeable, with broad experience of built environment disputes. He is commercial and effective in court.” (Instructing solicitor}

‘Highly experienced barrister acting across all types of technically sophisticated construction disputes on behalf of contractors, subcontractors and employers. Regularly advises in adjudication, mediation and arbitration proceedings. Strengths: “Very accommodating, quick, dynamic and extremely good at cutting through any irrelevant material.” “Very down to earth and always offers practical advice. ‘
Chambers UK 2017/Construction

‘Experienced practitioner who acts for both supplier and purchaser-side clients. He is instructed on the full gamut of construction law matters.

Strengths: “He is good at gathering together many strands and putting together good, unified advice.” “He is commercially aware, skillfully handles complex issues and is good at communicating what the strategy or solution should be.’
Chambers UK 2016/Construction

‘He has expertise in a wide range of building and engineering disputes.’
Legal 500 2014/Construction

Further information


  • BA (Hons) Law

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Accredited Mediator
  • Adjudicator – Construction Contracts

Professional bodies

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA}
  • Technology & Construction Bar Association (TECBAR}
  • The Society of Construction law
  • Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates

Direct Access

Graeme Sampson is qualified to and happy to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

Graeme has wide experience of all forms of commercial work and has acted for numerous commercial clients for whom the commercial aspects of litigation are all important. He brings to bear his in depth knowledge of litigation as well as ADR (he is an experienced mediator and an adjudicator for the Scheme for Construction Contracts). He is recognised as an impressive advocate in all forms of tribunals, including the Court of Appeal, The High Court and in arbitration.

Graeme’s commercial practice focuses on:

  • Trade disputes
  • Corporate and partnership disputes
  • Joint ventures
  • Insurance
  • Professional Liability
  • Arbitration, mediation and ADR

Noteworthy and recent cases include:

  • Misuse of confidential information within an energy brokerage
  • Insurance policy coverage issues relating to 10 blocks of luxury flats in Jersey
  • Termination of joint venture for construction of Mayfair flat development
  • Dispute between groundworks contractor and professional football club
  • Acting for electrical systems supplier for non-payment/performance issues over multiple contracts for Home Office supply
  • Advising on claim in arbitration under GAFTA rules
  • Advising as to claim in relation to sale and lease of large farm in Cornwall
  • Acting on behalf of retirement homes supplier in dispute arising from sale of large number of sites to competitor
  • Acting on behalf of property agent involved in multi-million pound dispute as to power of companies to dispose of properties

Energy law

Graeme has developed a practice focusing on energy and in particular renewables. This brings together his commercial, construction and planning expertise.

  •  Advising protest group in relation to the Barton Moss fracking site
  • Advising in relation to biomass boiler located in a far
  • Advising major renewables company in relation to as to generic planning issues when developing solar and wind farms
  • Advising as to noise nuisance emanating from very large wind turbine
  • Advising as to legal implications arising from location of transformer for very large solar farm

*This barrister is authorised to practice in England & Wales. Click here to search on the Bar Standards Board Barristers’ Register.

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