Ranked by the Legal 500 as a Leading Junior in both Property Litigation and Agriculture, Sam 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.
Private Client: Contentious
Sam’s focus in this area is on contentious probate and trusts disputes, particularly where they interrelate with property or business matters.
- Choudhury v Choudhury  All ER (D) 340: The court found that, subject to certain allocations, two brothers in a large Muslim family together dealt with certain family assets with a view to increasing their value for the benefit of members of the family faction that had interests in various properties, in proportion to shares agreed under mediation governed by Shariat law.
- Tyrell v Tyrell  All ER (D) 134: A testator’s will left his residuary estate on trust to be divided equally among his grandchildren. However, only two of the names identified in the will were those of his four grandchildren: the other two were the wife and daughter of one of the grandchildren identified in the will. On the true construction of the will the testator’s estate would be divided equally among his grandchildren.
- Gibbons v Nelsons  PNLR 734: A solicitor owed a duty of care to a testatrix to ascertain her specific intention in relation to property over which she held a general power of appointment, and to ensure that the terms of her will accorded with that intention.
‘ Sam is experienced and has a deep knowledge of the legal principles affecting disputes over land. Sam is also able to be pragmatic and friendly and wears his technical knowledge lightly. ’
Legal 500 2022
‘He is super diligent and thorough in preparation.’
‘He provides a real thoroughness and is able to stand back and provide a calm assessment of the situations and options.’
Legal 500 2020
“A first-rate advocate who is skilled in multidisciplinary litigation”
Legal 500 2020 - Property Litigation
‘Recommended for a variety of agricultural-related matters’
Legal 500 2020 - Agriculture
‘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
“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:
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 delivers talks at Ten Old Square seminars as well as in-house seminars for chambers’ clients.
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 regulated by 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.