Profile

Background
Samuel Okoronkwo is a barrister with 32 years of combined commercial, professional and legal practice experience. He is an expert in written and oral advocacy in litigation often involving complex technical and legal issues. His skill is in identifying and presenting the central issues in a case and examining and cross-examining witnesses and expert evidence.
Quite apart from being an excellent lawyer he has specific industry expertise having primarily had a hands-on professional career within his fields of expertise. He represents his client’s interests efficiently and presents their cases tactfully and forcefully.
First-hand Commercial Experience
Samuel has worked within the sports industry for several years at the highest levels as an FA-Registered Lawyer with the highest profile personnel, clubs and organisations. He has been involved in designing, negotiating and implementing the most innovative and profitable relationship arrangements covering all aspects of talent employment, intellectual property rights including image rights, merchandising, sponsorship, licensing and broadcasting rights.
In the Construction and Engineering industry, Samuel initially trained and practised as a Professional Quantity Surveyor, starting with the world’s first known Quantity Surveying firm, Henry Cooper & Sons, established in 1775.
Thereafter, Samuel spent several more years as a Construction Project Manager during which he had first-hand managerial responsibility for the planning, organising, directing and delivery of multi-million pound construction and engineering projects, including the intu Watford Shopping Centre for Capital & Counties Plc and the regeneration of London’s Canary Wharf business district with Lehrer McGovern International and Olympia & York.
He also worked as a Property Developer for several years dealing with all aspects of complex land assembly, design development, development appraisals, planning consents, project financing, development procurement and management, asset disposals and retention within a portfolio.
In commerce, corporations, and law firms, Samuel Okoronkwo has held senior managerial, in-house counsel positions and directorships for many years. He has had full profit responsibility for business planning and delivery including corporate governance.
A Professional and Commercially Focused Barrister
With this significant experience and broad horizon Samuel understands life outside of the law. He appreciates that legal advice and representation cannot be given in a bubble, but within a business context. Understanding the pressures faced daily by company directors, solicitors, agents, accountants, architects, quantity surveyors, engineers or other professional advisers, he prefers to avoid legal jargon and speak the client’s language to bring a refreshing down-to-earth approach to the expert analysis of any commercial and legal matter.
Qualifications
• Barrister at Law, Gray’s Inn, London, England
• Post Graduate Diploma in Law
• MSc Project Management & Property Development
• BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
Professional Affiliations
At the Bar
• Member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
• Member of the Commercial Bar Association
• Member of the Technology & Construction Bar Association
• Member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
In Sport
• English Football Association Registered Intermediary
• 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
In Commerce:
• Member of the London Chamber of Commerce
• Member of the London Court of International Arbitration

To contact or instruct Samuel, please call 020 3034 0077 and ask for his clerk Dan Sullivan or e-mail clerks@mercantilechambers.com.

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