Sam Mitchell joined Quadrant Chambers on 20 December 2022, upon successful completion of pupillage and is developing his practice in line with Chambers’ core areas of work.
Before joining Quadrant Chambers, Sam graduated from Jesus College, Oxford with a first-class degree in Philosophy and Theology, being awarded the Thomas William Thomas Scholarship in each of his three years, and achieved a Distinction in both his MA Law and the BVS. In 2019, Sam won CEDR’s National Negotiation Competition and represented England and Wales at the International Competition in Tokyo that year.
During his pupillage, Sam produced work in a variety of shipping and commercial contexts, advising on the construction of charterparty clauses, drafting pleadings for contractual disputes, civil fraud, and restitutionary and debt claims, and assisting supervisors on principles of private international law.
Since joining Quadrant Chambers as a tenant, Sam has continued to develop his shipping and commercial practice, which regularly includes:
- Settling pleadings and arbitration submissions for cargo claims on behalf of carriers, owners, insurers, and other cargo interests with a particular emphasis on breaches of the Hague / Hague-Visby Rules;
- Settling pleadings and arbitration submissions in hire and other disputes arising from time and voyage charterparties;
- Advising clients on the applicable governing law of contracts and agency relationships and on jurisdictional issues in international claims, and has appeared as sole counsel in the Admiralty Court challenging the English court’s jurisdiction;
- Advising clients on the appropriate defendant(s) and causes of action in civil fraud claims, including ancillary applications, such as Norwich Pharmacal orders;
- Appearing as sole counsel in the County Courts on behalf of airlines in a variety of passenger disputes; and
- Assisting senior members of chambers on questions involving: equitable assignments, mortgagee’s duties, and the relationship between creditor, debtor and surety.