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  • T: +44 (0) 20 7353 5638
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Practice Profile

Sam is a specialist criminal barrister. He is instructed for both prosecution and defence, and has experience across the full range of criminal proceedings.

As a committed advocate, Sam places great emphasis on thorough preparation and first class advocacy.

Formerly an IT developer, Sam is at ease conducting cases involving digital evidence e.g. mobile phone downloads, computer forensics and CCTV analysis. He draws on his experience to quickly analyse and present high-volumes of complex information.

His most recent instructions have included defending in a high-profile stalking case involving 90,000 pages of digital evidence, prosecuting a defendant for multiple county-lines drug supply operations, and defending in a 12-handed tobacco importation matter.

To view the privacy notice for Sam Willis please click here.

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.

Qualifications

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

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

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.

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Articles

Credit for Guilty Plea at PTPH

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