- Called: 2011
“Has fantastic, practical insight...In addition, he is thorough, quietly confident and his preparation is brilliant.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
Sam is a property and trusts specialist and member of Five Paper’s Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 ranked Property Team.
Before joining Chambers, Sam managed and developed a portfolio of 850 properties in London for one of the largest landlords in the UK.
Drawing on his industry experience, Sam provides a clear, accessible and commercially sensible service to clients at all stages of litigation and in mediation.
Sam Phillips accepts instructions in all areas of property law, but with particular emphasis on trusts of land, real property and leasehold matters.
Sam regularly appears in the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions of the High Court, the County Court and the Property Chamber.
Contested applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TLATA), property disputes arising from contested wills and probate.
Release from covenants, enforcement of covenants, adverse possession claims, commercial leases, leasehold enfranchisement, injunctions and boundary disputes. Acting for landlords, property managers and RTM companies in the Property Chamber.
Landlord and Tenant/Housing
Acting for landlords and tenants in all areas of housing law, particularly contested possession claims, disrepair matters, article 8 and proportionality challenges as well as homelessness appeals, obtaining Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions and enforcement through committal proceedings.
Sam also accepts instructions through the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
He gained significant sector expertise from his time working for one of the largest social landlords in the country before being called to the Bar.
Strengths: “Has fantastic, practical insight into the realities of court decisions and how they impact clients. You can’t pay for that experience. In addition, he is thorough, quietly confident and his preparation is brilliant.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
Richards v IPT and 19 others  EWHC 560 (QB)
Before Nicol, J, successfully arguing that an Extended Civil Restraint Order could be made against an individual even if only one entirely without merit claim had been issued against multiple defendants, on the basis that each defendant had a without merit claim made against them.
LB Haringey v Simawi and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 290 (QB)
Before Nicklin, J, considering whether a defence based on a declaration of incompatibility (Article 14) should proceed, even if the underlying possession claim became academic and where all parties have the benefit of some form of public funding.
Recent Matters: Trusts/Real Property
- Obtained an order for the removal of an executor and replacement with an independent professional at a contested final hearing in the Chancery Division of the High Court (Birmingham).
- Defeated a claim under TLATA for a beneficial share of a portfolio of homes in West London.
- Obtained possession of residential properties in the final hearing of an £8million development claim in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court.
- Acted in a multi-party Chancery Property trial, successfully defending a wife from her husband’s claims of dishonest behaviour relating to the purchase of investment properties.
- M.A. (Hons) in International Relations from the University of St Andrews,
(First Class specialist modules in International Legal Regimes and Conflict Intervention);
- Graduate Diploma in Law, City Law School
- Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School
(VC, Outstanding in Civil Litigation and Civil Remedies)
- Sam Phillips was one of the five Inns of Court Law School Scholars in 2011
Landlord and Tenant Review – ‘Succession, Survivorship and Incompatibility with Human Rights’ (2018 LTRev Issue 3)
Considering the impact of LB Haringey v Simawi and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 290 (QB) on future possession claims and other applications for declarations of incompatibility.
Law Society Gazette (Property) – ‘Clarity needed for process for obtaining writs of possession’ (October 2017)
Chancery Bar Association