Sam is a highly regarded and experienced defence practitioner, and is also instructed in both extradition and inquest matters. He often undertakes murder, serious violence, rape, people trafficking, complex conspiracy and fraud cases.
Sam is instructed regularly, as both leading and junior counsel, in cases with difficult defendants and particularly challenging defences. He is well-regarded for his thorough and imaginative approach to both legal argument and tactics. Much more than ‘a safe pair of hands’, Sam is well known for his excellent witness handling (both in cross-examination and evidence in chief) and his imaginative and persuasive closing speeches.
Sam has an excellent rapport with lay clients and is often instructed as a result of him being requested by defendants who have observed him in court.
R v T and another (2018) – Murder at Central Criminal Court
R v G and Others (2018) – Multi-million pound fraud at Kingston Crown Court
R v E and others (2017) – Leading counsel in multi-million pound ‘boiler room’ fraud at Southwark Crown Court
R v M and Others (2017) – Leading counsel in conspiracy to pervert the course of justice at Manchester Crown Court
R v T and Others (2016) – Murder at the Central Criminal Court
R v L and Others (2016) – Multi-million pound MTIC fraud at Inner London Crown Court
R v E-S and Others (2016) – Murder at the Central Criminal Court
R v O and Others (2015) – Three counts of conspiracy to murder at the Central Criminal Court
R v AP (2015) – Conspiracy to import Class A drugs
R v L and Others (2014) – Conspiracy to defraud at Blackfriars Crown Court
R v OT and Others (2014) – £1m defrauding of the Santander Bank at the Central Criminal Court
R v B (2014) – Causing death by dangerous driving at Southwark Crown Court
R v A and Others (2014) – Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at the Crown Court at Stafford
Prior to joining Garden Court Chambers in October 2013, Sam practised at Tooks Chambers. Before being called to the Bar, Sam was a speech writer and regularly briefed and wrote speeches for a number of government ministers including Gordon Brown, John Prescott and David Blunkett.