Graeme Sampson

Graeme Sampson

Call 1981

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Graeme Sampson is recognised for his expertise by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Construction - Western (Bar) - Band 2

Graeme Sampson of 3PB Barristers
Highly experienced barrister acting across all types of technically sophisticated construction disputes on behalf of contractors, subcontractors and employers. Regularly advises in adjudication, mediation and arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "Very accommodating, quick, dynamic and extremely good at cutting through any irrelevant material." "Very down to earth and always offers practical advice."

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2016.

Construction - Western (Bar) - Band 2

Experienced practitioner who acts for both supplier and purchaser-side clients. He is instructed on the full gamut of construction law matters.

Strengths: "He is good at gathering together many strands and putting together good, unified advice." "He is commercially aware, skilfully handles complex issues and is good at communicating what the strategy or solution should be."

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Graeme Sampson is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2014 for his expertise in the Western Circuit in Construction. 

3PB’s Graeme Sampson - “He has expertise in a wide range of building and engineering disputes.”

Technology & Construction

Graeme was recently appointed as an Adjudicator for construction contracts. He has extensive experience of construction and engineering disputes. He has acted for employers, contractors, sub-contractors and professional in all types of disputes. These have ranged from highly complex technical factual disputes to claims arising under the standard forms of building contracts.

He has wide expertise of the various practical and technical issues which arise in building and engineering disputes and bring a practical and common sense view to bear on the issues in such cases.

Graeme has also advised in and appeared in adjudication and arbitration proceedings.

Recent experience

  • Claim against architect in respect of works to listed church.
  • Claim against engineers over defective steelworks to railways bridges.
  • Claim arising from multiple issues arising out of refurbishment of listed cottage in Wales.
  • Claim arising from defective curtain walling to luxury residential property.
  • Claim arising from defective drains to crisp factory.
  • Claim concerning interpretation of NHBC Buildmark warranty.

Notable Cases

Briggs & Forrester Electrical Ltd v Southfield School for Girls & Anor [2007] 3403 EWHC (TCC)
Multimillion pound claim arising from asbestos contamination of a school. Representing architects in 6 week TCC trial. Architect found to have no liability and recovered indemnity costs.

Bryen & Langley Ltd v Boston [2005] EWCA Civ 973. Court of Appeal
- formation of contract, does adjudication under JCT offend against the Consumer Contract Regulations 1999. First instance reported at [2005] BLR 28, [2004] EWHC 2450(TCC)

Ennstone Building Products Ltd v Stanger Ltd No. 1 [2002] BLR 82. TCC
- forum conveniens, contract created by correspondence.

Ennstone Building Products Ltd v Stanger Ltd No. 2 [2002] 1 WLR 3059. Court of Appeal
- proper law of contract.

Fenice Investments Inc v Jerram Falkus Construction Limited [2011]  EWHC 1678 (TCC)
whether adjudicators decision as to fees forms part of his award.

Full Metal Jacket Ltd v Gowlain Building Group Ltd [2005] All ER (D) 147 (Dec)
Building contract - Construction - Express term - Specifications of roof - Defendant providing drawing of roof to claimant prior to obtaining quote - Claimant not building roof in accordance with drawing - Whether contract requiring claimant to build roof in accordance with contract.

Hart Investments Ltd v Terence Fidler (t/a Terence Fidler Partnership) [2007] Adj LR 03/30
liability of engineer for recognised defects out with his contractual duties.

Jensen v Faux [2011] EWCA Civ 423
applicability of Defective Premises Act 1972 to refurnished and/or enlarged residential property.

Jerram Falkus Ltd v Fenice Investments Inc (No.4) [2011] EWHC 1935 (TCC)
conclusivity under JCT Design and Build 2005.

Titanium Polyurethane Seal Company v New Forest District Council [2008] All ER (D) 64 (Aug)
claim arising from alleged defective construction of sports hall floors.


February 9 2017:

3PB Planning Barristers William Webster and Graeme Sampson summarise and analyse the government's Housing White Paper more

February 9 2017:

Declaration drafted by 3PB Barrister Graeme Sampson and Probyn Miers Architects is proposed at SCL/TECBAR seminars more

September 26 2013:

A day of Discussion, Participation and Debate: Cost in Relation to Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution more

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Academic Qualifications

BA (Hons) Law

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Accredited Mediator
  • Adjudicator - Construction Contracts

Professional Bodies

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)
  • Technology & Construction Bar Association (TECBAR)