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"He's a great tactician and confident advocate"Chambers UK 2021
“Personable and approachable"Chambers UK 2021
"Very knowledgeable and has excellent drafting skills"Chambers UK 2021
Sam’s practice covers chambers’ core areas, with a focus on employment, professional negligence and product liability. He is described in Chambers UK 2021 as “a great tactician and confident advocate”, “personable and approachable”, “very knowledgeable” and possessing “excellent drafting skills”.
Sam has been instructed in a number of high-profile disputes, including the Kenya Emergency Group Litigation and the Cyprus Colonial Litigation (instructed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office). He was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown on 1 March 2019.
Sam has a broad professional negligence practice that covers a wide range of professions, including solicitors, barristers, surveyors, architects, buildings inspectors and art investment advisors. He is an experienced advocate, with regular instructions to represent parties at interim hearings and multi-track trials as sole counsel.
Sam is building a busy product liability practice, including both personal injury and property damage claims. He handles claims involving a wide range of products, recently including prostheses, white goods, car parts and batteries
Prior to coming to the Bar, Sam worked on CPA claims at a large solicitors’ firm. He has particular expertise in claims involving allegedly defective medical devices, where he is able to draw on his clinical negligence practice. Sam has knowledge of the challenges of GLOs, having been involved in a number of group claims across various areas of law.
Sam is ranked as Up and Coming in Chambers UK 2021, described as “a great tactician and confident advocate”, “personable and approachable”, “very knowledgeable” and possessing “excellent drafting skills”.. He is regularly instructed as sole or junior counsel in complex and high value cases, and has extensive experience in drafting pleadings and advising on all aspects of liability and quantum.
Sam is known as a confident advocate, both in court and whilst representing clients in round table meetings and mediations. The following is a summary of some of Sam’s notable cases:
AA v. An NHS Trust (2020): Sam was junior to Michael de Navarro QC in this liability and quantum dispute concerning a catastrophic haemorrhage following a brain biopsy. The matter settled out of court.
LC v. Northwest Ambulance Service NHS Trust & An’r (2019). This claim concerned an alleged failure to diagnose a fracture that caused tetraplegia, where liability and quantum were in dispute. Sam was led by Bradley Martin QC and also successfully represented the defendants at a relief from sanctions application. The claim settled prior to trial.
MdR v. (1) Ramsay (2) NHS Commissioning Board (2019). Sam successfully represented the NHS Commissioning Board in this causation and quantum trial. The main issue concerned the timing of a retinal detachment.
NC v. An NHS Trust (2019). Sam was led by Michael de Navarro QC in this multi-million quantum only wrongful birth claim concerning a child born with spina bifida. The matter settled out of court.
SK v. Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (2018): This was a clinical negligence claim where it was alleged that clinicians had failed to diagnose retained products of conception. Sam represented the successful defendant.
MG v. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2017): Sam represented the NHS Trust in a claim alleging a failure to fit and / or manage a temporary epicardial pacing system properly. The judge found that the care provided by the Trust’s clinicians was exemplary.
Sam is an experienced employment practitioner who regularly acts for a broad range of clients, including individual employees and employers, SMEs, multinational companies, local authorities and central government departments. His current and recent cases include:
A v. A Company – represented an actuary in a whistleblowing case which concerned disclosures made about a risk analysis model, including its ability to comply with customers’ obligations under the Solvency II directive.
B v. An Employer – defending an employer in a case concerning a dismissal for allegations of sexual misconduct where the criminal charges resulted in a directed acquittal.
C v. A Company – acting for the employer in a claim brought by a dismissed director who alleges to have made protected disclosures relating to representations made by other directors on the company’s solvency.
AT v. (1) An Employer (2) A Parent Company – acted for the parent company in an action for procuring a breach of a contract of employment.
D v. An Employer – acted for an individual employer in a wrongful dismissal, where one of the central issues was whether the Tribunal had jurisdiction to determine whether a settlement agreement not regulated by 1996 Act was voidable on the basis of duress.