- Called: 2011
"Incredibly knowledgeable and calm, he's fantastic to deal with."
"Possesses the knowledge and command of a barrister with many more years call."
Chambers & Partners 2019 and The Legal 500 UK 2019
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 frequently acts on behalf of private and commercial banks in proceedings relating to charges and mortgages regularly appearing in the County Court, High Court and Property and Land Chambers of the Tribunal.
Most recently Sam has acted as sole counsel in the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions of the High Court and will be appearing in the Court of Appeal, as junior counsel to Nicholas Grundy QC, later this year.
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.
Contested applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TLATA), property disputes arising from contested wills and probate.
Landlord and Tenant
Acting for landlords and tenants in all areas of commercial property and 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.
“Incredibly knowledgeable and calm, he’s fantastic to deal with.” “His friendly persona and ability to explain complex issues to the court make him a favourite among solicitors.”
Chambers & Partners 2019
“Possesses the knowledge and command of a barrister with many more years call.”
The Legal 500 UK 2019
“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
LB Haringey v Simawi and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 2733 (QB)
Before Murray and Supperstone, JJ, rejecting the Defendant’s application for a declaration of incompatibility (between Article 14 of ECHR and the succession provisions of the Housing Act 1985). Sam was instructed on behalf of the successful Claimant landlord.
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.
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.
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