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.
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 2 Prosecutor and a member of Middle Temple.
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
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.
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.