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Samuel Laughton

"Relates to clients and assimilates large amounts of detail quickly."
(Legal 500 2018)

Samuel Laughton’s practice encompasses a broad range of Chancery litigation and advisory work, with a particular focus on both commercial and private disputes relating to property.

He is particularly skilled in multidisciplinary litigation, drawing on his expertise in: land contracts; restrictive covenants and easements; commercial and residential landlord and tenant; personal and corporate insolvency; commercial disputes and company law; family and corporate trusts; wills, probate and the administration of estates; and professional negligence arising out of these fields.

Commercial Chancery

Sam has a long and wide experience in advising and litigating in such areas as contract, insolvency, company and partnership law.

Reported Cases:

  • Re Burton Marsden Douglas (a firm) [2004] 3 All ER 222: A new partnership of solicitors was not treated as having taken over the debts of a previous partnership since the old partnership obligations had not been novated, lacking the agreement of the new partners and the creditor, or consideration. Furthermore, s.71 of the Solicitors Act 1974 did not by itself create a liability to make repayments on the part of someone who would not otherwise be subject to that liability.
  • Ani v CCS Communication Control Systems [2004] All ER (D) 309: The claimant was entitled to judgment in respect of a sum of $US190,000 which he had paid towards a distribution agreement that the parties had never in fact effected; the contract entitled the defendant only to retain an initial payment of $US10,000 in those circumstances.
  • Gill v Tsang [2003] All ER (D) 175: The court was not limited, in working out an order for specific performance of a contract, to the strict and precise terms of that contract. The court was giving effect to an equitable remedy on equitable principles; by doing so, it was indeed enforcing and giving effect to the substantive elements of the contract, of which specific performance had been ordered.
  • Qayoumi v Qayoumi [2002] All ER (D) 353: A consent order was set aside in circumstances where a device had been employed to mislead the court.
  • Re a debtor (No 2477 of 2001) [2001] All ER (D) 85: An appeal against a refusal to grant a bankruptcy order was dismissed since the relevant agreement was not binding on the debtor. Even if he was, then he was jointly and severally liable with the other co-founders, none of whom had signed the agreement. That was more of a liability than the debtor had ever intended to bear.


‘Relates to clients and assimilates large amounts of detail quickly.’

Legal 500 2018 - Property Litigation (Tier 1)

‘Able to provide accurate and accessible advice at very short notice.’

Legal 500 2018 - Agriculture

“Relates to clients and assimilates large amounts of detail quickly.”

Legal 500 2018 - Property Litigation

“Without parallel at his level.”

Legal 500 2017 - Property Litigation

“Very persuasive in court.”

Legal 500 2017 - Property Litigation


Legal 500 2016

“A go-to barrister for all complex property and land related issues.”

Legal 500 2015


  • BA Hons, Cambridge University

Associations & Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Property Bar Association


Author of Westlaw UK Insight entries on:

Easement; Quasi-Easement; Right of Way; Right to Light

Author of Lexis Nexis article on easements implied in favour of mortgagee over non-mortgaged land (Taurusbuild Ltd and others v McQue and another)

Sam Laughton – Ten Old Square – Easement implied in favour of mortgagee over non-mortgaged land – 04.19


Speaking Engagements

Sam Laughton delivers talks at Ten Old Square seminars as well as in-house seminars for chambers’ clients.

For more information and advice

Call: +44 (0)20 7405 0758


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Sam Laughton is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is registered with The Bar Standards Board [Bar Ref 29922] and is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/049] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 628116449.

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