Zac Sammour

Overview

Zac practices across all the main areas of Chambers’ work. He has recent experience in high profile and complex cases in employment, commercial, public, procurement and data protection law. Recent instructions include:

• Richard Pease v Henderson Administration Ltd [2018] EWHC 661 (Ch). Zac acted for the successful claimant, an investment fund manager, who brought claims for breach of contract against his former employer arising out of its failure to pay him c. £4 million in management fees, and its failure to allow him to replace the manager of a £1 billion investment fund on termination of his employment. Mr Pease successfully defended Henderson’s counterclaim for c. £4 million (led by Richard Lieper QC, instructed by Michelmores).

• R (on the application of Jewish Human Rights watch) v Leicester City Council [2016] EWHC 1512 (Admin); [2018] EWCA Civ 1551. Zac acted for the successful defendant in both the High Court and Court of Appeal in a high profile claim challenging a resolution calling for a boycott of goods produced in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (led by Andrew Sharland QC).

• Fleming v East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, EAT, 28 November 2017. Zac acted for the appellant, who successfully challenged a decision of the Employment Tribunal to exclude his covert recording of the private discussions of a disciplinary panel. The EAT ruled that the recordings were admissible, except those parts that were caught by legal professional privilege. (led by Jane McCafferty, instructed by Steeles Law).

• Balmoral Tanks Limited v CMA [2017] CAT 23, an appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal against the CMA’s decision that the Claimant engaged in unlawful information sharing with a cartel in the galvanized steel tank industry. The CAT rejected Balmoral’s appeal. Balmoral has been granted permission to appeal that decision by the Court of Appeal. Zac acts for Balmoral (led by Robert O’Donoghue QC, instructed by K&L Gates).

Specialisms

Commercial

Zac has a broad commercial practice. He has been instructed both led and unled in the High Court and in substantial County Court claims and in contractual adjudications/expert determinations. He is also instructed in proceedings in the DIFC. Zac has particular experience in interlocutory and injunctive work.

Zac’s recent instructions include:

• Richard Pease v Henderson Administration Ltd [2018] EWHC 661. Zac acted for the successful claimant, an investment fund manager, who brought a claim against his former employers for breach of contract arising out of its failure to pay him c. £4 million in management fees and its failure to allow him to replace the manager of a £1 billion investment fund on termination of his employment. Mr Pease successfully defended Henderson’s counterclaim for c. £2 million (led by Richard Lieper QC, instructed by Michelmores).

• JJW Ltd v IBRC Asset Finance Ltd (2017), in relation to an application by the Defendant to strike out the Claimant’s claim for c.£150 million, arising out of alleged breaches of an £82 million loan agreement. Zac acted for JJW (led by Daniel Stilitz QC).

• Grey Advertising Ltd v Nils Leonard (2017), an application for injunctive relief to enforce the terms of restrictive covenants, listed for a speedy trial in June 2017. Zac acted for Grey (led by Richard Leiper QC).

• Bartholomews Agri Food Ltd v Thornton [2016] IRLR 432, an application for an interim injunction enforcing the terms of a restrictive covenant contained in the respondent employee’s contract of employment. Zac acted for Bartholomews (led by Daniel Stilitz QC).

• Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited v Aston Scott Group Ltd, an application for an interim injunction enforcing the terms of restrictive covenants contained in a share purchase agreement. Zac acted for Arthur J Gallagher (led by Daniel Stilitz QC).

• Acting (unled) in Part 8 proceedings in the Commercial Court (instructed by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner).

• Acting (unled) for a defendant in a claim for an interim injunction to enforce the terms of restrictive covenants contained in a share purchase agreement.

• A multi-million pound contractual adjudication arising out of a joint-venture dispute (led by Julian Milford).

• A contractual adjudication between two NHS bodies worth in excess of £800,000.

• A 6 figure commercial debt claim in the High Court (unled).

• Arbitral proceedings between a prominent solicitors’ firm and one of its former partners (led by Amy Rogers).

• Advising on quantum in a multi-million-pound claim in the High Court arising out of an employee share scheme.

Zac also gained a range of experience in commercial disputes during his pupillage, where he worked on Thai Airways International Public Co Ltd v KI Holdings Co Ltd (formerly Koito Industries) [2015] EWHC 1250 (Comm), a 3-week quantum trial in the High Court (assisting Hilary Heilbron QC and David Scannell) and Hinduja Automotives v BMW, a multi-million pound claim for breach of a contractual indemnity provision (assisting Gerard Rothchild).

 

Employment

In addition to his commercial employment work, Zac regularly appears in the Employment Tribunals. Zac is currently instructed on a number of high value whistleblowing claims brought by senior executives, including an 8 day trial due to commence in April. Zac also has experience in appellate matters.

Zac’s recent work includes:

• Fleming v East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, EAT, 28 November 2017. Zac acted for the appellant, who successfully challenged a decision of the Employment Tribunal to exclude his covert recording of the private discussions of a disciplinary panel. The EAT ruled that the recordings were admissible, except those parts that were caught by legal professional privilege (led by Jane McCafferty, instructed by Steeles Law).

• Successfully defending claims for maternity discrimination and unfair dismissal in a 5 day hearing. Those claims arose out of a global redundancy exercise carried out by the Respondent, a US-based Company;

• Appearing and advising (both for claimants and respondents) on claims for breach of contract, unfair dismissal, race discrimination, disability discrimination, and whistleblowing.

Zac is also regularly instructed as junior counsel in claims in the Employment Tribunal, and has worked with Amy Rogers, Julian Milford, Jane McCafferty and Sean Jones QC, respectively, on complex and high value claims in the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Public

Zac has been instructed in a number of judicial review claims, and has a growing public law practice. His current and recent work includes:

• Acting for the Claimant in (R on the application of Tirkey) v the Lord Chancellor & the Director of Legal Aid Casework [2017] EWHC 3403, a challenge to the operation of the statutory charge (led by Peter Oldham QC, instructed by the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit).

• Acting for the Claimant in R (on the application of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in both the High Court ([2017] EWHC 1502 (Admin)) and the Court of Appeal ([2018] EWCA Civ 1284), a challenge to guidance from the defendant Secretary of State which sought to prohibit the administering authorities of the local government pension schemes from adopting policies of boycott, divestment and sanction against foreign nations (led by Nigel Giffin QC, instructed by Bindmans). The Respondent has been granted permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal.

• Acting for Leicester City Council in R (on the application of Jewish Human Rights watch) v Leicester City Council in both the High Court ([2016] EWHC 1512 (Admin)) and the Court of Appeal ([2018] EWCA Civ 1551), a challenge to a resolution of the Council calling for a boycott of goods produced in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The Council successfully defended that claim in the Divisional Court and in the Court of Appeal (led by Andrew Sharland QC).

• Acting for the Claimant in Gulf Center for Human Rights v the Prime Minister in both the High Court ([2016] EWHC 1323 (Admin)) and the Court of Appeal ([2018] EWCA Civ 1855), a challenge against changes to the Ministerial Code (led by Jason Coppell QC and Hannah Slarks, instructed by Deighton Pierce Glynn).

Zac has also advised a local authority on various issues related to the amendment of its constitution (led by Anya Proops) and has advised on the merits of a claim for judicial review by a business alleging breach of its rights under A1P1 (led by Amy Rogers).

Procurement/Competition

Zac has a growing practice in procurement and competition law. He acted for the Claimant in Balmoral Tanks Limited v CMA [2017] CAT 23, the CAT’s first decision on information exchange infringements.

Zac is also currently instructed in a procurement challenge relating to a substantial contract worth c. £1billion (led by Joseph Barrett).

Zac has broad ranging experience with EU law issues. Most recently, Zac acted for a claimant in a claim for judicial review which argued that guidance issued by the Secretary of State was contrary to the IORP Directive (R (on the application of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (led by Nigel Giffin QC) .

During pupillage, Zac gained extensive experience on leading competition cases, including Sky v Ofcom [2015] CAT 9 (assisting David Scannell) and Speed Medical Examination Services v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWHC 3585, a judicial review challenging reforms to the process for handling soft tissue whiplash claims on the basis (inter alia) that they gave rise to breaches of competition law (assisting Gerard Rothschild). Zac also gained experience during pupillage in the following areas:

• EU sanctions;
• The Common Agricultural Policy and;
• Challenges to decisions of the European Medicines Agency.

Data protection and information rights

Zac is currently instructed in two large and high profile data protection matters.

Zac has appeared, led and unled, in a number of information law cases, including Galloway v Information Commissioner (2017) and All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones v ICO and Ministry of Defence (2017) (led by Timothy Pitt-Payne QC). He has also advised on a range of data protection issues, and has appeared in the county court in data protection matters.

Public international law

Zac has been involved in human rights litigation conducted in a key African jurisdiction which raises a number of important public international law and human rights law issues.

His other public international law experience includes:

• Al Waheed v Ministry of Justice; a leapfrog appeal to the Supreme Court on the scope of Article 5 in the non-international armed conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan (as a pupil assisting Karen Steyn QC and Julian Blake).

• Assuranceforeningen Gard Gjensidig v International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund [2015] EWHC 2117 (QB), a case involving the scope of the immunities of non-international organisations (as a pupil assisting Oliver Jones).

• Challenging a decision by the Council of Europe placing a major Russian Bank and its Turkish subsidiary on sanctions lists, relying on the countermeasures doctrine under international law (as a pupil assisting Maya Lester).

Recent Cases

R (on the application of Jewish Human Rights watch) v Leicester City Council
[2016] EWHC 1512 (Admin); [2018] EWCA Civ 1551

R (on the application of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
[2017] EWHC 1502 (Admin); [2018] EWCA Civ 1284

Balmoral Tanks Limited v CMA
[2018] Comp AR 61;[2017] CAT 23

Richard Pease v Henderson Administration Ltd
[2018] EWHC 661

R (on the application of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
[2017] EWHC 1502 (Admin)

Fleming v East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
(2017)

All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones v ICO and Ministry of Defence
(2017)

JJW Limited v IBRC Asset Finance Limited
(2017)

Bartholomews Agri Food Ltd v Thornton
[2016] IRLR 432

R (on the application of Jewish Human Rights watch) v Leicester City Council
[2016] EWHC 1512 (Admin)

Gulf Center for Human Rights v the Prime Minister
(2016) EWHC 1323 (Admin)

Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited v Aston Scott Group Ltd
(2016)

Education

London School of Economics, LLB (First Class)

Oxford University, BCL (Distinction)

Awards

Sweet and Maxwell Prize for Best Performance in final year exams (LSE)

Clifford Chance Prize for Best Performance in Property II (LSE)

Archibald Jackson Prize (Somerville College, Oxford)

Denning Scholarship (Lincolns Inn)

Hardwicke Entry Award (Lincolns Inn)

Other

Zac is an amateur boxer. He competed for Oxford in the 2013 Varsity match, beating the Cambridge captain and winning Oxford’s award for Best Technical Boxer. He is also a long-suffering fan of Newcastle United FC.

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