Samuel Jeffs


Telephone: +09 973 0272

Mobile: +021 114 4669

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Samuel Jeffs is a civil and commercial barrister with broad experience.  Having advised and acted for parties in a range of disputes arising from contracts, joint ventures, shareholdings, construction projects, trusts and estates, and employment relationships, Sam brings rigour and clarity to any matter.  Sam has appeared in a number of courts, including successfully in the Supreme Court, and various specialist tribunals.  He also regularly assists arbitral tribunals determining international commercial disputes.

Sam’s career has always been at the bar.  Initially employed by Sir David Williams QC, Philip Skelton QC and Kelly Quinn at Bankside Chambers, Sam is now a member of Bankside himself.  As a result, Sam brings a unique perspective as an independent and commercially-minded adviser and advocate.  He is comfortable as sole or junior counsel.

Sam graduated from Oxford with a BCL (Distinction) and the University of Auckland with BA/LLB(Hons) degrees, where he was a Senior Scholar for both Law and Arts.  Sam won the Stout Shield mooting competition at Auckland, as well as the national competitions for mooting and witness examination.  He represented New Zealand at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot in Washington, DC.  Sam was also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Auckland University Law Review.

Sam has spoken at conferences and has also published a number of articles.  He maintains a strong interest in private international law, restitution of unjust enrichment, and commercial arbitration.

Recent and Notable Cases

Recent examples include:

  • Junior counsel for the plaintiff, who is bringing a quantum meruit claim arising from a large construction project, in an upcoming High Court trial set down for four-weeks.
  • Junior counsel for the successful appellants in the Supreme Court in Brown v NZ Basing Ltd, a decision concerning the relationship of private international law with employment and discrimination law.
  • Junior counsel in a successful application to the High Court for relief against forfeiture of a commercial lease.
  • Junior counsel seeking removal of a caveat over fourteen titles of land for a substantial commercial property development in a dispute involving joint venture partners.  The matter settled before trial.
  • Junior counsel for the plaintiff, a structural steel subcontractor, in an arbitration against the head contractor which settled days before a two-week hearing.
  • Junior counsel for a property developer seeking damages for the wrongful cancellation of a sale and purchase agreement for a valuable Queenstown property.  The matter settled favourably.
  • Assisting international arbitral tribunals determining a range of commercial and investment disputes, often with very high values in dispute.  Examples include a joint venture dispute concerning a telecommunications investment in Sub-Saharan African and a US$750 million construction dispute over a major infrastructure project in the Middle East.

Qualifications and Career

Qualifications and Career

BCL(Distinction), University of Oxford

BA/LLB(Hons), University of Auckland



New Zealand Law Society

New Zealand Bar Association