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Samuel Jeffs is a barrister specialising in commercial and civil disputes. Having advised and acted for parties in a range of disputes arising from contracts, joint ventures, shareholdings, construction projects, and trusts and estates, Sam brings rigour and clarity to a broad range of disputes. Sam has appeared in a number of courts, including successfully in the Supreme Court, and various specialist tribunals, including arbitrations.

Education

  • BCL(Dist) – University of Oxford, 2018
  • BA/LLB(Hons) – University of Auckland, 2016

Bio

Samuel Jeffs is a barrister specialising in commercial and civil disputes. Having advised and acted for parties in a range of disputes arising from contracts, joint ventures, shareholdings, construction projects, and trusts and estates, Sam brings rigour and clarity to a broad range of disputes. Sam has appeared in a number of courts, including successfully in the Supreme Court, and various specialist tribunals, including arbitrations.

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.

Work Highlights

Re Cryptopia Ltd [2020] NZHC 728

Sam represented the interests of 900,000 account holders of Cryptopia Ltd, a Christchurch-based cryptocurrency exchange, in High Court proceedings, alongside Peter Watts QC. In a Commonwealth-leading decision, the account holders were successful in establishing cryptocurrencies are property and were subject to trusts in their favour.


Electrix Ltd v The Fletcher Construction Co Ltd [2020] NZHC 918

Sam acted for Electrix, alongside Kelly Quinn, in a four-week High Court trial, which saw Electrix awarded $7.5 million for its successful quantum merit claim. Fletcher Construction's counterclaims were dismissed.


Construction arbitration between principal and contractor

Sam is part of the counsel team representing the principal in a large construction arbitration concerning a commercial development in Auckland. A 7-week hearing is commencing soon.


Brown v New Zealand Basing Ltd [2017] NZSC 139

Sam acted, with Philip Skelton QC, for two Cathay Pacific pilots who succeeded on conflict of laws issues, touching on discrimination law, in the Supreme Court.


Livingstone v CBL Corporation Ltd (In Liq)

Sam is part of the counsel team representing a class of shareholders claiming compensation for alleged breaches of the Financial Markets Conduct Act by CBL Corporation, a collapsed publicly-listed insurer.


Property Brokers Ltd v Hastings McLeod Real Estate Ltd [2020] NZHC 271

Sam acted, with Andrew Brown QC, for Property Brokers in successfully obtaining an injunction in the High Court to restrain the use of a trade name for passing-off and breach of the Fair Trading Act.

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Memberships

  • NZLS
  • NZBA (Council member)
  • Young AMINZ (Co-Convenor)