Samuel Okoronkwo Profile

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An established legal problem solver and strategically minded advocate, Samuel Okoronkwo has guided clients to achieve unexpected high levels of success in complex legal disputes, delicate corporate transactions and intricate private client estate planning.

As a barrister he is uniquely positioned to provide the powerful clarity of a dual perspective, combining a wealth of high calibre first hand commercial experience and a career at the Bar that now extends across almost 20 years. In that time Samuel has advised clients, from high profile sports professionals to landlords, property developers, SMEs and business and property owners and executives. Each one has benefitted from his skilful and straightforward approach to what are frequently sensitive, high profile or challenging technical legal issues.

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Breadth of experience

Combining these former commercial roles with almost two decades of exceptional legal practice and experience, Samuel now advises a broad spectrum of clients across the following areas:

Quantity surveyor, to entrepreneur, to barrister

Samuel’s professional background includes a previous career as quantity surveyor with the prestigious Henry Cooper & Sons (established 1775). This is in addition to working as a construction project manager responsible for multi-million-pound construction and engineering projects, including London’s Canary Wharf business district. Samuel has also been a successful entrepreneur, which has provided him with a unique understanding of the pressures and challenges that are faced by SMEs, particularly when legal issues arise. Plus, he has held senior managerial, in-house counsel positions and directorships for many years.

This blend of experience has provided a sound understanding of the responsibility that sits on the shoulders of company directors, solicitors, agents, accountants, architects, quantity surveyors, engineers or other professional advisers. The consequent depth of insight enables Samuel to tailor his advice to take into account the wider commercial context.

Expert, technical, down to earth

Written and oral advocacy in litigation are noted strengths for Samuel whose practice integrates legal expertise as well as the broader commercial context. Samuel understands the power of effective communication and is committed to legal advice that is free of jargon, down to earth and specifically tailored to the needs and objectives of the client. In an industry that frequently involves intricately balanced arguments and technical legal issues, Samuel is notable as a practitioner focused on clarity and outcomes even in the most fraught or complicated of cases.

Getting to the heart of each matter

With a keen appreciation of the need for expediency and taking into account the broader perspective, Samuel is renowned for getting efficiently to the heart of each case. He is particularly skilled with respect to identifying the central issues and formulating solutions that best resolve them. Samuel appreciates the balance in advocacy between tact and forcefulness, particularly when to press and when to take a subtler approach. His breadth of work and client testimonials are evidence of a versatile and insightful advocate with a sharp legal mind and a unique commercial perspective.

Professional

Affiliations

At the Bar
  • Members of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
  • Member of the Commercial Bar Association
  • Member of the Technology & Construction Bar Association
In Commerce
  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration
In Sport
  • Member of the British Association for Sport & Law

In Construction & Property
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • C I Arb. Trained Adjudicator
  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Building
Qualifications 
  • Public Access / Direct Access Qualified
  • Authorised by the Bar Standards Board to Conduct Litigation
  • Barrister at Law, Gray’s Inn, London, England
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Law
  • MSc Project Management & Property Development
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Get In Touch

Contact Information

Email

clerks@mercantilebarristers.com

Find me

10-11 Gray’s Inn Square
London, WC1R 5JD

Call me

+44 (0) 20 3034 0077