Littleton Chambers has lost the head of its commercial group to 11 Stone Buildings.
Charles Samek QC, who was called to the bar in 1989 and took silk in 2009, has taken his litigation practice to the business law set.
His recent cases include a £130m Ponzi fraud in KBC Lease v Total Asset, a £70m claim in relation to the sale of the Somerfield supermarket chain in Isis v Adalsteinsson, and representing Icelandic investors trying to recover money from failed bank Kaupthing and its subsidiaries.
Samek’s broad practice covers commercial litigation, civil fraud, entertainment, IP and international arbitration.
Specialist areas include commercial contract disputes, civil fraud, private international law, financial and investment disputes, international arbitration, entertainment, intellectual property, and insolvency.
Head of chambers at 11 Stone Buildings Edward Cohen said Samex’s track record in complex, high-value litigation fitted with the set’s strengths.
He said: “Charles is an outstanding and talented commercial practitioner who will complement and enhance the core areas in which we practise.”
Samek added: “The set has a strong reputation across the key areas in which I practise and is known for offering a multi-disciplinary advantage to its clients.
“Given that nowadays many disputes involve more than one practice area, offering that expertise as a set really adds value.”
Littleton’s joint head of chambers Andrew Clarke said: “Charles has been a valued member of Littleton for many years and leaves with our best wishes for the future.
“We continue to thrive, with income rising 7 per cent last year and we look forward to an exciting 2013 in which we add to last year’s outstanding recruits at all levels of practice.”