Sam is a specialist criminal barrister. He is instructed for both prosecution and defence, and his practice is focused on all serious offending from violence through to 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.
His most recent instructions have included prosecuting a seven-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine allegation (Operation Venetic material), defending in a high-profile stalking case involving 90,000 pages of digital evidence, and defending in a 12-handed tobacco importation matter. He has experience with vulnerable witnesses, including section 28 pre-recorded cross-examination with the involvement of an intermediary.
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 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.