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Practice Profile

Sam is a specialist criminal barrister, instructed for both prosecution and defence. His practice is focused on serious and complex cases, usually involving violence, weapons, drugs, and fraud.

As a committed advocate, Sam places great emphasis on thorough preparation and engaging with the real issues in a case, allowing for first-class advocacy before judge or jury. Formerly an IT developer, Sam is at ease conducting cases involving digital evidence. He draws on his experience to quickly analyse and present high-volumes of complex information. He has experience with vulnerable witnesses and defendants, including the use of section 28 pre-recorded cross-examination and intermediaries.

His most recent instructions have included prosecuting a seven-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine allegation (Operation Venetic material), prosecuting eight defendants in a complex immigration fraud, and defending in a high-profile stalking case involving 90,000 pages of digital evidence.

He has also been instructed in several long-term projects, including a complex disclosure review and a secondment to one of the CPS Crown Court teams.

Sam's Privacy Policy can be downloaded here.

Appointments

  • CPS General Crime Panel at Level 2.
  • CPS Specialist Serious Crime Group Panel at Level 2.
  • CPS Specialist Fraud Panel at Level 2.
  • CPS Specialist Proceeds of Crime Panel at Level 2.
  • The Bar Council IT Panel.

Qualifications

  • MPhil, Criminology, University of Cambridge.
  • LLB, Law, University of East Anglia.

Scholarships and Prizes

  • 2017, Levitt Scholarship - Lincoln’s Inn.
  • 2017, Third Prize, Kalisher Essay Competition - The Kalisher Trust.
  • 2016, Clare Hall Bursary - Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.
  • 2015, Sir Louis Gluckstein Prize for best student advocate - Lincoln’s Inn.
  • 2015, Buchanan Prize - Lincoln’s Inn.
  • 2013, Runner-Up, Law Reform Essay Competition - Bar Council.
  • 2013, Lord Denning Scholarship - Lincoln’s Inn.
  • 2013, Hardwicke Scholarship - Lincoln’s Inn.

Publications

Sam publishes a free weekly 'updater' of criminal law news - intended for practitioners, law students, and anyone with an interest in the criminal justice system of England and Wales. You can subscribe to Witness here.

Sam has also developed two apps for criminal lawyers.

Crime Fees is a free criminal legal aid calculator for barristers and solicitors. Available for iOS, Android and macOS, it can be downloaded here.

Crime QRH is an easy to use guide to criminal offences for criminal lawyers and court advocates - a searchable database providing quick access to key details e.g. max sentence, guidelines, class of offence, dangerousness provisions. Available for iOS, Android and macOS, it can be downloaded here.

Recent Advisory Work

  • Secondment - CPS East of England Crown Court Unit.
  • Post-Conviction Disclosure Review - Post Office 'Horizon' Cases.
  • Disclosure Junior - Home Office 'Op Lexes'.

Recent Cases


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Articles

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