Sam Parham

Year of Call: 2000

"A great strategist with superb legal knowledge."

Legal 500 2016 (Crime, Tier 3)

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Sam Parham is a busy criminal defence practitioner, regularly instructed in serious cases. He advises on a wide range of appellate cases, including appeals against conviction and sentence in historic cases. Sam is instructed in civil actions against the police and is Public Access qualified.

Criminal Defence

Overview

Sam is a busy criminal defence practitioner who is regularly instructed in cases concerning serious violence, sexual offences, drug trafficking and fraud.

Notable Cases

Murder and violent offences

Davis & others (2014) Chichester Crown Court
Represented the defendant accused of being part of a gang who stabbed a man during a violent robbery of a cannabis farm in Bognor Regis. Sam's successful legal arguments led to the prosecution being unable to prove the case against Mr Davis who was not convicted of any offence as a result. This case was reported in the local media.

Puar (2014) Isleworth Crown Court
Leading junior in a seven-handed conspiracy to commit s.18 trial relating to an incident where a young man was fatally stabbed in Southall Park following a dispute between factions in a Sikh Temple. Acquitted. This case was reported in the Mirror.

Pullen (2014) Isleworth Crown Court
Represented the defendant who was acquitted of s.18 wounding with intent (an eight-inch deep stab wound to the complainant's stomach) in a case where his co-defendant pleaded guilty to a minor offence and turned Queen's evidence against him.

Samuels (2014) Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court
Represented the defendant who was acquitted of using a firearm in the course of a cash-in-transit robbery despite the prosecution adducing details of multiple previous convictions for robbery using firearms.

Kalam (2013) Kingston Crown Court:
Represented the defendant who was accused of s.18 wounding with intent following a knife fight in an Indian restaurant. Acquitted.

Colla & others (2012) St. Alban's Crown Court
Sole counsel representing the defendant in a five-handed kidnapping case, which involved a series of alleged kidnaps at gunpoint across the Herts/Beds area. Acquitted of false imprisonment and kidnap using firearms.

Ahmed & others (2011) Snaresbrook Crown Court
Sole counsel representing the defendant in a six-handed kidnapping case. The defendants were charged with kidnapping, blackmail, s.18 GBH involving burning the hostage's head and face, sexual assault and rape. Acquitted of counts of sexual assault and s.18.

Ahmed & others (2010) Snaresbrook Crown Court
Sole counsel instructed to represent the defendant in a five-handed s.18 trial relating to an incident on the Isle of Dogs where the main complainant was blinded after being attacked with a samurai sword and other weapons. Acquitted. This case was reported by the Daily Mail.

Aymer (2008) Lewes Crown Court
Junior counsel representing a juvenile charged with murder of his girlfriend's brother following a stabbing in Brighton. This case was reported by the BBC.

Nessa & others (2006) Central Criminal Court
Junior counsel in a three-handed murder case in which the defendant, a young woman, was accused of luring her former lover to Epping Forest, taking part in his murder and then setting light to his body. This case was reported by the BBC.

Sexual offences

W (2014) Snaresbrook Crown Court
Represented W, who had admitted hundreds of rapes of his niece over a 10-year period throughout the 1970s when she was aged seven to 17 years old. Successfully limited the scope of the case following negotiations with the prosecution, including persuading them not to proceed with allegations made by another complainant.

J (2014) Snaresbrook Crown Court
Represented J, a man with severe learning difficulties, charged with rape of his seven-year-old niece. Acquitted of rape.

L (2013) Birmingham Crown Court
Represented L who was charged with rape of a barmaid. Acquitted.

B-J (2013) Basildon Crown Court
Represented B-J charged with rape and sexual assaults on his younger step-sister over a period of several years when both very young. Exceptional circumstances led to a community order being imposed.

F (2012) Aylesbury Crown Court
Defended a juvenile with severe learning difficulties who was charged with a series of knifepoint rapes and sexual assaults on his younger sister.

S & others (2011) Snaresbrook Crown Court
Three-handed "gang rape" trial.

Drugs

Shah (2014) Isleworth Crown Court
Represented the defendant who admitted conspiracy to import Class A drugs in seven-handed case relating to a series of importations of heroin from Pakistan.

Way & others (2013) Aylesbury Crown Court
Operation Rouse - large investigation into Class A drug supply in Milton Keynes. The court was persuaded to pass a non-custodial sentence due to exceptional circumstances.

Gang-related violence injunctions

Harrington (2014) Liverpool County Court
Gang Injunction against former member of the Larkhill gang successfully varied following a period of compliance and negotiations with Merseyside Police.

Roberts (2013) West London County Court
Gang Injunction sought against alleged member of the London Fields gang. Injunction made with significant alterations from proposal of Metropolitan Police.

Lavelle (2013) Liverpool County Court
Gang Injunction sought against alleged member of the Croxteth gang. Following negotiations, Merseyside Police withdrew their application and an undertaking was made instead.

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Criminal Appeals

Overview

Sam has a successful appellate practice and regularly advises on a wide range of appellate cases, including advising on appeals against conviction and sentence in historic cases.

Notable Cases

R v Wilkins (John) [2014] EWCA Crim 1175
Successfully argued that the terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) were unreasonable and required variation. Sam was instructed in this case after his original legal team had concluded that there was no appeal.

R v Datsun (Day) & anr [2013] EWCA Crim 964:
Appeal against sentence allowed in conspiracy to defraud case where the Court had not properly considered the applicability of sentencing guidelines.

R v Lee (Ian) [2013] EWCA Crim 948:
Appeal against sentence allowed in serious domestic violence case. Extended sentence imposed at first instance quashed and replaced with determinate sentence.

R v Akintunde (Patrick) [2013] EWCA Crim 1773
Argued for a reduction in sentence for a young man with mental health problems who had attempted to murder his ex-girlfriend.

R v Dixon (Geoffrey) [2011] EWCA Crim 264:
Terms of Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) varied following successful submissions.

Ahmed (Jamal) [2010] 2 Cr App R (S.) 85: Sentence for bomb hoaxing in both the UK and the USA reduced following successful arguments on appeal.

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Financial Crime and Confiscation

Overview

Sam has been instructed in a number of fraud cases.

Notable Cases

Amir & others [2014] Ipswich Crown Court
Successfully represented the defendant who was charged in relation to his involvement in a £3.5 million mandate fraud; over £350,000 of which was channelled through the defendant's businesses. Mr Amir was the sole defendant to be acquitted after trial.

Abbott-Compton & others [2014] Truro Crown Court
Junior counsel in multi-handed fraudulent trading case relating to large-scale property development in Cornwall. This case was reported in the local media.

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Prisoners’ Rights

Sam deals with all aspects of prison law, particularly judicial review and parole board hearings. He has a particular expertise in gang-related violence injunction ("gangbo") cases.

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Claims Against the Police and Public Authorities

Overview

Sam has extensive experience in challenging the integrity of police evidence and acting in cases involving allegations of police malpractice; he is instructed in civil actions against the police.

Notable Cases

Omar Ali v Metropolitan Police [2014] Central London County Court
Represented Mr Ali at a jury trial on claims for false imprisonment and race discriminations following an unlawful arrest for which he received damages and a formal apology.

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Background

Sam is a volunteer adviser at Waterloo Legal Advice Service where, along with a team of qualified barristers and solicitors, he gives free general legal advice on a range of legal issues to the local community.

Training and Seminars

Sam has lectured on advocacy, criminal law and spoken on life at the Bar at the London School of Economics, Birkbeck College, the University of Law and the University of West London.

He has recently lectured on recent sentencing guidance at the Criminal Law Friendly Society Conference, on confiscation and POCA proceedings and on drugs sentencing and anti-social behaviour alongside the Executive Director of Release.

Education

  • LLB (Hons), London School of Economics (1999)
  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law (2000)

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