Graeme was recently appointed as an Adjudicator for construction contracts. He has extensive experience in construction and engineering disputes. He has acted for employers, contractors, sub-contractors and professional in all types of disputes. These have ranged from highly complex technical factual disputes to claims arising under the standard forms of building contracts.
He has wide expertise of the various practical and technical issues which arise in building and engineering disputes and bring a practical and common sense view to bear on the issues in such cases. Graeme has also advised in and appeared in adjudication and arbitration proceedings.
Multimillion pound claim arising from asbestos contamination of a school. Representing architects in 6 week TCC trial. Architect found to have no liability and recovered indemnity costs.
Bryen & Langley Ltd v Boston  EWCA Civ 973. Court of Appeal - formation of contract, does adjudication under JCT offend against the Consumer Contract Regulations 1999. First instance reported at  BLR 28,  EWHC 2450(TCC)
- forum conveniens, contract created by correspondence.
Building contract - Construction - Express term - Specifications of roof - Defendant providing drawing of roof to claimant prior to obtaining quote - Claimant not building roof in accordance with drawing - Whether contract requiring claimant to build roof in accordance with contract.
liability of engineer for recognised defects out with his contractual duties.
applicability of Defective Premises Act 1972 to refurnished and/or enlarged residential property .
conclusivity under JCT Design and Build 2005.
claim arising from alleged defective construction of sports hall floor s.
Graeme has over 30 years experience at the Bar. He 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:
Noteworthy and recent cases include:
Graeme has developed a practice focusing on energy and in particular renewables. This brings together his commercial, construction and planning expertise.
Recent cases include:
Graeme has been in practice for 30 years and throughout has maintained a professional negligence practice. Developing a practice which began with an emphasis on medical negligence claims he now acts in respect of a range of professional activities including lawyers, accountants and has a particular focus upon construction professionals. He acts for claimants (both individuals and corporate) and defendants; the professionals and their insurers.
He has wide experience of dealing with the particular issues and disputes which arise under insurance claims, including coverage and policy wording . He has wide experience of the commercial issues which arise for insurers handling claims and is able to advise upon such issues from a commercial and practical outlook.
- abuse of process, striking out.
- extent of loss adj usters ' "knowledge", Limitation Act 1980.
Court of Appeal claim against solicitors following negligent/dishonest conveyancing transaction.
Court of Appeal - break in chain of causation where negligence alleged.
representing solicitors in seven figure professional negligence claim arising from settlement of personal injury action. Issue as to liability of expert witness
In its latest judgment on contractual interpretation, the Court of Appeal provides further guidance on the interpretation of exclusion and the contra proferentem rule.
Graeme Sampson (call 2010) analyses the recent case of (1) PERSIMMON HOMES LTD (2) TAYLOR WIMPEY UK LTD (3) BDW TRADING LTD v (1) OVE ARUP & PARTNERS LTD (2) OVE ARUP & PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL LTD (2017) EWCA Civ 373, which deals with exemption clauses and how they should be construed .
Graeme is a Commercial & Construction Law barrister with particular interest in matters which overlap (e.g. Trade disputes, joint ventures, and related professional negligence claims).
Graeme has been involved in over 25 mediations as mediator or party representative, including:
Graeme Sampson was recently appointed as an Adjudicator for construction contracts. He was called to the Bar in 1981 and has gained a wide experience in civil law. Down to earth and practical he has a clear understanding of client needs and the economic realities of litigation. He is experienced in ADR having appeared in a number of arbitrations and mediations ranging from small personal matters to multi-million disputes. His practice now focuses on three key areas:
Graeme has acted from the beginning of his career in professional negligence actions. Developing a practice which began with an emphasis upon medical negligence he now acts in respect of a range of professional activities including medical professional, solicitors, accountants and a particular focus upon construction professionals. He has acted for the professionals themselves, their clients; both private and corporate; and insurers.
Coming to construction through his professional negligence practice, Graeme is widely experienced in all types of construction and related disputes, including arbitration, adjudication and mediation. His clients have ranged from internationally known corporations involved in multi-million pound actions through to smaller domestic house building issues.
A discreet and much enjoyed area of practice Graeme has advised in and appeared in numerous case ranging from multi million pound developments to small village issues (the cricket nets!).
Graeme is a qualified and experienced mediator, please see his Mediation Profile on this website. Graeme is also Head of Chambers ADR/Mediation Group.
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.
"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.'
'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.'
'He has expertise in a wide range of building and engineering disputes.'
Graeme Sampson is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.