Harry Samuels presenting to Bristol Law Society on private client disputes

23 May 2024

Harry Samuels will present to members of Bristol Law Society alongside Sarah Bolt, Senior Associate for Irwin Mitchell, on ‘When private client disputes explode: a practical toolkit for litigators dealing with the fallout from private client disputes’. 

With modern private client disputes playing out not just in the courts but on social media, messaging apps and more, litigators need to be aware of how to protect their clients’ interests in these fields as well. The session will discuss how to approach these contentious issues, including:

  1. Harassment, defamation and injunctive relief, looking at a recent case: Pattinson v Winsor;
  2. Social media and data protection
  3. Abuse of process, including vexatious litigants, looking at Battenburg v Phillips;
  4. Nuisance claims [considering obligations of firm not to progress with claims that have no or little merits, and potential involvement of funding arrangements involved in these];
  5. Remedies in the criminal courts; and
  6. Costs and enforcement action.

The webinar will take place at 1pm – 2pm on 23 May 2024.

Target Audience: All fee earners practising in contentious and non-contentious probate

For further details and to register, please click here. 


Harry Samuels, Barrister, XXIV Old Buildings (Call: 2020)

Harry has extensive experience of private client disputes, including contentious probate, contentious trusts and real property disputes both domestically and offshore, and teaches company law and land law at the University of Cambridge. His recent cases include Pattinson v Winsor [2023] EWHC 3196 (Ch), a fraudulent calumny and undue influence trial, and Humphrey v Bennett [2023] EWCA Civ 1433, an appeal arising out of allegations of breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty. He regularly appears in courts of all levels in London and beyond, and has been praised by instructing solicitors as a ‘superstar in the making’.

Sarah Bolt, Senior Associate, Irwin Mitchell

Sarah works in the Wills, Trusts, and Estate Disputes Team in the Bristol Office. She has recently joined the team, having previously worked at Freeths LLP, Hugh James, and offshore in the British Virgin Islands. Sarah is over 12 years qualified and experienced in dealing with high value, complex and cross-border estates, and trust disputes. She also has a wealth of experience working with charities and on disputes arising in the Court of Protection. Sarah is also a Council Member of Bristol Law Society.