Called to the Bar: 2002
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 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. He 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.
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.