Sam Karim QC (Sheikh M S Karim)



36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
William Brown
Mark Ronson


Sam is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is admitted as a practitioner in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court.  He is a specialist in arbitral laws, and sits as an arbitrator.

He practices in all relevant areas in which domestic and international arbitration is applicable. He is fully conversant in arbitrations under the AAA, Court of Arbitration for Sport, HKIAC, SIAC, ICC, LCIA, ARIAS, UNCITRAL and ICSID, as well as ad hoc arbitrations pursuant to the Arbitration Act 1996, particularly in the Middle East and Brazil.

He provides a bespoke legal service within the context of strategic business solutions and offers specialist advocacy and legal advice in:

(a)    International Commercial Arbitration,

(b)    Investment Arbitration,

(c)    Energy Charter,

(d)    Treaty Arbitration,

(e)    WTO Arbitration,

(f)    Construction & Engineering,

(g)   Energy & Natural Resources,

(h)   Oil & Gas, Mining,

(i)    IT & IP,

(j)    Shipping,

(k)   Law of the Sea,

(l)    International Trade,

(m)  Trade Finance, and

(n)   Commodities.




“When he is on his feet in a courtroom, he is simply captivating." 

Legal 500, 2016

“An outstanding advocate”

Legal 500, 2017

"Accomplished new silk”

Chambers & Partners, 2017


Sam is a leading specialist practitioner in domestic and international public law, court of protection and domestic and international arbitration. Before taking silk, he was a member of the Attorney General Panel of Treasury Counsel for over a decade representing central government in high-profile proceedings. He has experience in all levels and types of courts and tribunals and regularly appears in the appellate courts. Sam is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is admitted as a practitioner in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court.

Sam is head of the Administrative/Public Law and the Court of Protection Team. Sam is also the Director of Pupillage Training.

Year of Call:  2002
Year of Silk:  2017

Areas of Expertise


Member of the Executive Committee of the Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)

Northern Administrative Law Association (NALA), Acting Chair

Founding member and Chair of the Kings Community Care and Disability Rights Association


  • Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Queens Counsel.
  • UK Advisor to the Chinese Government on development of Administrative Reconsideration Law in China. Appointed by the Asia Foundation.
  • Previously a member of the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel.
  • Chairperson of the Legal Aid Working Group and co-chaired the Training Working Group relating to the Regionalisation of the Administrative Court.
  • Director of Manchester Public Law Pro-Bono Scheme.
  • Northern Circuit Education Committee Member.
  • Head of Public Law 2017 to present

(1) 'Public law online', and online based legal knowledge database,

(2) 'Judicial Review: Law & Practice', which is currently in its second edition and the co-author being the late Mrs Justice Patterson (Jordans)

(3) Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings, and

(4) 'A human rights perspective on reducing restrictive practices in intellectual disability and autism',



LLB (Hons), LLM (Lond.), PG Dip Law, MCIArb (Intl. Arbitration)



"Sam is an outstanding advocate. He is a pleasure to work with. He is always on hand at the drop of a hat to discuss a case, and he has an ability to put lay clients completely at ease even when dealing with difficult medical decisions."

"He understands the technical points of public law really well." "He is diligent and straight-dealing."

"He has a real breadth of knowledge. He is a measured and careful advocate." "He has a good knowledge of the law and is well-prepared. His submissions are underpinned by a knowledge of the law."

(Chambers & Partners, 2018)

‘An outstanding advocate.’

(Legal 500, 2018)

‘An outstanding advocate, who makes lay clients feel completely at ease.’

(Legal 500, 2018)

"Accomplished new silk”

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)

“When he is on his feet in a courtroom, he is simply captivating."

(Legal 500, 2016)

"He's excellent, and used by all parties - he's very academic in his thought processes." 

(Chambers and Partners, 2016)

"… His academic understanding of subject matter litigation is incredible."

(Chambers and Partners, 2015)

"He is one of the leading practitioners in the North" 

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)

"He is innovative in the way he approaches cases and creative in the way he deals with matters..."

(Chambers and Partners, 2015)

"He's a very skilful advocate who is always remarkably calm and in control, he never gets fazed by the complexities of a case… He puts his points across succinctly and never wavers."

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)

"...He has a plenary style that is very logical and meticulous, and makes his points very well without annoying the judge."

(Chambers and Partners, 2016)

"He is very good at negotiating with other parties and bringing them round to his way of thinking.” 

(Chambers and Partners, 2015)

"He is charismatic… [and an] engaging… advocate."

(Chambers and Partners, 2013)

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