Sam was educated at Oxford University and began work as a barrister in 2007. He prosecutes and defends criminal cases.


Sam is an expert in judicial review and case stated appeals in criminal and regulatory matters. Sam also has significant experience advising about human rights for individuals, companies and public authorities.


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Sam advises on difficult and unusual areas of criminal and regulatory law. He also provides training in these areas. He advises on RIPA, Money Laundering, the Bribery Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act and the Data Protection Act. Sam has advised the Revenue and the police on matters relating to independent counsel, disclosure and search warrants. Sam has dealt with misfeasance in public office cases against Midlands police forces arising out of behaviour surrounding alcohol licensing and police corruption within “internal affairs”. Sam acts for Trading Standards departments and recently advised a city council on its powers under the criminal law to prevent the spread of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. He has also advised national government about criminal infringements of medicines law.

Sam’s advice has been sought by shotgun and firearm owners throughout the Midlands. He has also assisted farmers and rural businesses involved in allegations of cruelty or environmental crime.


Further information:

MA (Oxon)

Bar Vocational Course – Inns of Court School of Law

Graduate Diploma in Law – BPP Leeds

Exhibitioner of Jesus College, University of Oxford

Viscount Sankey Scholar, Jesus College, University of Oxford

Lord Justice Holker Award, Gray’s Inn

Director of “Free Tibet”

Published in Archbold News, 6th July 2014, with Alastair Munt, “Can the variation of an ASBO be appealed?”

Appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel for the Regions (2012)

Pupil supervisors: Riel Karmy-Jones QC; Brian O’Neill QC, Tyrone Belger, The Hon. Mrs. Justice Cheema-Grubb


High Court and Court of Appeal Cases


John Carney v North Lincolnshire Magistrates’ Court [2016] EWHC 676 (Admin)

R (on the application of Goode) v Nottingham Crown Court [2013] EWHC 1726 (Admin), [2014] ACD 6

R (on the application of Gonzales) v Folkestone Magistrates’ Court [2010] EWHC 3428 (Admin), [2011] 175 JP 453

Caley and Others (Guilty Pleas) v R [2012] EWCA Crim 2821 [2013] 177 JP 111

Collis v R [2012] EWCA Crim 1355, R v Thirkwell [2011] EWCA Crim 2759 [2012] 2 Cr App Rep (S) 13, and R v Liaudanskis [2012] EWCA Crim 1747 – appeals against sentence.

R v Middleton [2011] EWCA Crim 2511

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council v KW and Ors [2015] 2 FCR 255; [2015] EWCOP 13

R (Wasif) v SSHD (Rule 34 – “print and send”) (IJR) [2015] UKUT 279 (IAC)

R (Nwaiwu) v SSHD [2014] EWHC 3694 (Admin)

R (Newport) v SSJ [2013] EWHC 3933 (admin)

R (on the application of Babbage) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 148 (Admin)

R (on the application of Mahmood) v Secretary of State for the Home Department IJR [2016] UKUT 57

Recent cases

R v Letherbarrow – appeal on behalf of a farmer accused of cruelty to his livestock at his farm in Warwickshire. Instructed by Shakespeare Martineau, Birmingham.


Sheffield City Council v Carter – prosecution on behalf of Trading Standards for a series of offences under the Fraud Act 2006. Instructed by Sheffield City Council.


Carney v North Lincolnshire Magistrates Court – appeal by way of case stated against the imposition of an anti-social behaviour injunction and costs. Instructed by Sills and Betteridge solicitors.

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