Prior to commencing pupillage, Sam practised as a self-employed county court advocate on both the Western Circuit and Welsh Circuit. Sam also worked for several years as a caseworker specialising in social security law at both a leading social welfare solicitors firm and a Citizens Advice Bureau. He has extensive experience of representing clients, predominately disabled children, at the Social Security First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.
Sam is a committed criminal defence practitioner. He is frequently instructed in cases involving vulnerable clients. Sam has also delivered guest lectures to undergraduates about the criminal justice system.
His notable cases include:
R v SD – Isleworth Crown Court – Trial for possession of cannabis and common assault against a police officer. The alleged offences were witnessed by 5 police officers and the Defendant’s previous convictions for similar offences were before the jury. Not Guilty verdict on both counts.
R v DG – Luton Crown Court – Possession of firearms Newton hearing. Defendant was found in possession of over 80 bullets, including “cop-killer” bullets.
R v AM – Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court – successful s78 application on day of trial resulting in no evidence being offered on charges of ABH and criminal damage.
R v RL – Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court – Common assault where the complainant was the defendant’s mother. Not Guilty verdict.
R v TS – Willesden Magistrates’ Court – Assault PC trial. The Magistrates described the police officers as inconsistent and not credible under cross-examination. Not Guilty verdict.
R v SI – Romford Magistrates’ Court – Assault by beating allegation made against defendant landlord by his tenant. Not Guilty verdict.
R v JP – Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court – 2 charges of s4 public order offences where the defendant had a previous conviction against the same complainant for the same offence. Not Guilty verdict on both charges.
R v DG – Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court – 2 day assault by beating trial. 4 prosecution witnesses gave evidence against the Defendant. Not Guilty verdict.
R v DB – Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court – Four-handed assault by beating trial. The ‘group attack’ was caught on CCTV. Not Guilty verdict.
R v FA – City of London Magistrates’ Court – 4 counts of breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order. Not Guilty verdict on all 4 counts.
R v JH – Feltham Magistrates’ Court – Suspended sentence obtained for possession of a knife where the Defendant had recently served 6 years imprisonment for a gang-related s18 wounding with a knife and ABH.
Sam is regularly instructed to represent prisoners at oral hearings before the parole board. Sam has a reputation for achieving impressive results for his prison clients, such as securing the release of prisoners serving life sentences for, but not limited to, murder, rape and armed robbery.
Sam also attends prisons to represent clients at independent adjudications before the District Judge.
Sam’s family practice is primarily in private law children disputes and domestic violence injunctive proceedings under the Family Law Act 1996. Sam is particularly appreciated by his clients for his witness handling skills, honed in the criminal courts.
Sam also has experience of public law and financial dispute resolution hearings.
Personal Injury and Civil Law
Prior to commencing pupillage, Sam appeared as an advocate in hundreds of County Court hearings. Sam has been instructed in fast-track trials; small claims trials; commercial and residential landlord disputes; mortgage possession hearings; applications to set aside default judgment; applications for summary judgment and enforcement hearings.
Sam maintains a small but consistent personal injury practice. He has primarily acted for Claimants at Stage 3 disposal hearings, infant approval hearings and RTA trials.