Expertise

Samuel represents clients in high-value damages actions arising from infringements of EU and UK competition law. He has catered to clients based in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

As a graduate of the Blue Book Traineeship at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition in Brussels, Samuel combines his experience in competition litigation with a background in non-contentious competition law. Competition law also dominated Samuel’s academic specialisation.

Experience

Antitrust damages claims on which Samuel has advised include standalone actions against Visa and Mastercard and follow-on actions against the participants in the Trucks Cartel and Power Cables Cartel.

As a Blue Book Trainee at DG COMP, Samuel previously acquired regulatory experience in the transport industry, particularly in relation to alleged infringements in passenger rail and air transport in various EU member states. His prior experience also includes assisting target companies in cartel investigations and securing clearance for mergers in the Central and Eastern Europe region.

Career

Samuel joined Stewarts as an associate in 2021 after training and qualifying as a solicitor at Constantine Cannon. His earlier experience includes the Blue Book Traineeship at the European Commission and a series of placements in competition teams at leading law firms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Samuel graduated with an LLB in International and European Law from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where he explored the European Commission’s case against Google in respect of its search engine. He subsequently obtained an LLM from University College London where his thesis sought to reconcile the conflict between awards in investment arbitration and the European Commission’s decisions prohibiting such awards as unlawful state aid.

Accreditations and Memberships

Samuel is a qualified solicitor of England and Wales.

Publications

Samuel’s recent article discussing inconsistencies between regulators’ competition decisions and antitrust damages actions was nominated for the 2021 Concurrences Awards. In 2021, he also co-authored a piece exploring the interaction between competition law and the art market.

Personal

Samuel played tennis professionally for over 10 years as a youth. He continues to enjoy playing and watching tennis alongside running and cross-country skiing.