Sam Cottman

Sam Cottman

  • Senior Counsel

Sam is a senior counsel and solicitor-advocate in our Dispute Resolution Department. He has extensive experience acting on complex banking and financial services litigation with a particular focus on high-value, international disputes, often featuring allegations of fraud. In addition, he specialises in regulatory and corporate investigations, acting for both corporations and individuals.  

He is ranked by The Legal 500 as one of the ‘Next Generation Lawyers’ for Banking Litigation and recently co-led the team which won Commercial Litigation Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards and The Lawyer Awards for the defence of Kaupthing bank and one of its directors against claims brought by the Tchenguiz brothers.

He was previously seconded to the Serious Fraud Office in a high-profile role as investigative lawyer, leading witness and suspect interviews in one of the regulator’s blockbuster investigations, where he was described by the Director of the SFO as a “major asset”.

Earlier in his career he was selected as a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal, ultimately working for the Lord Chief Justice.

As well as being a leading commercial litigator, Sam spearheads an array of pro bono legal teams including a domestic violence advocacy unit and a team acting for victims of human trafficking. He is heavily involved across the firm's pro bono and CSR activities.