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Samantha Bonner

Call 2013

Practice Profile

Samantha was first Called to the Bar in Australia in 2006 where she practised exclusively in criminal law, appearing in all Courts including the Supreme Court of South Australia. Since being Called to the Bar of England and Wales, she has been instructed in all areas of criminal law, both prosecuting and defending and is a specialist criminal advocate. Samantha is currently instructed as counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

She has experience dealing with all manner of criminal cases and prides herself on meticulous preparation and fearless advocacy. She has often appeared for clients with serious mental health issues and/or drug and alcohol addiction and has recently appeared on charges of conspiracy, aggravated burglary, drug importation and fraud.

Throughout her practice Samantha has been dedicated to access to justice for all defendants and is known as a passionate and committed advocate.

Samantha is a Grade 3 Prosecutor and a member of Middle Temple.

Samantha's Privacy Policy can be downloaded here.

Qualifications & Awards

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with Honours - University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Commerce (International Business) - University of Adelaide
  • Gradute Diploma in Legal Practice - Law Society of South Australia
  • South Eastern Circuit Advanced Advocacy Course - Keble College Oxford


  • The Criminal Bar Association
  • The South Eastern Circuit

Recent Cases

  • R v. LP [Woolwich] 2016

    GBH Sc18

    Sam Bonner represented this defendant charged with s18 on ex-partner by breaking her jaw in three places. A plea was accepted to ABH after negotiation with the Crown.

  • R v. S [Snaresbrook] 2016

    GBH Sc18

    Sam Bonner successfully represented the defendant who was charged along with other offences of causing grievous bodily harm to the complainant who suffered a fractured and dislocated shoulder. The charge of GBH was concluded after a successful no case submission and the defendant was unanimously acquitted on all other charges at the end of the trial.

  • R v. A [C.C.C.] 2016


    Sam Bonner successfully represented the defendant at the Central Criminal Court who was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm by pouring boiling water on the alleged victim.

  • R v. W [Maidstone] 2016

    Sexual Assault

    Sam Bonner defended in this case involving sexual assault where both the complainant and defendant suffered from serious mental health issues. After meticulous preparation of the case, the prosecution offered no evidence before trial.

  • R v. P [Inner London] 2015


    Samantha Bonner assisted the Head of Chambers Mark Heywood QC in successfully prosecuting the murder of a visitor to London set upon after leaving a nightclub in the early hours of the morning.

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