Sam Stevens

Call 2014

"Very responsive, hard working and sagacious."

Legal 500 2024


Sam is recommended as a Rising Star in employment in Legal 500 2022, where he is described as “responsive and enthusiastic” who does “a good job of getting to grips with the history of the matter and presenting the argument clearly” in “the professional manner required by the matter”.

Sam regularly acts for a broad range of clients, including individual employees and employers, SMEs, FTSE and multinational companies, local authorities and central government departments. He was seconded to the employment department at Mishcon de Reya between March – April 2020 and June – August 2021, where he provided advice and acted as an advocate in a wide range of employment disputes.

Notable Employment cases

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 alleged 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.

Sam accepts instructions to act on inquiries and investigations. He is currently instructed to act as junior counsel to the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry.

Sam is ranked as Up and Coming in clinical negligence in Chambers UK 2022, where his is described as having “excellent attention to detail”; providing “excellent written advice”; and being “very user-friendly”, “a great head for figures and…a top choice for quantum disputes”. He was described in the 2021 edition 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. Sam 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.

Notable Clinical Negligence cases

XYA v An NHS Trust

Sam is acting as junior to Michael de Navarro QC in this multi-million quantum only wrongful birth claim concerning a child born with severe physical and cognitive disabilities.

LC v Northwest Ambulance Service NHS Trust & An'r

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.

AA v An NHS Trust

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.

MdR v (1) Ramsay (2) NHS Commissioning Board

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

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

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 at trial.

MG v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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 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 has a busy product liability practice, including both personal injury and property damage claims. He handles claims involving a wide range of products, but has particular expertise in cases involving medical devices, where he draws on his experience in clinical negligence.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Sam worked on CPA claims at a large solicitors’ firm. Sam has knowledge of the challenges of GLOs, having been involved in a number of group claims across various areas of law.

Sam regularly advises and represents clients where questions of jurisdiction or applicable law arise. He was instructed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in both the Kenya Emergency Group Litigation and the Cyprus Colonial Litigation, which considered a number of interesting issues of private international law.

Privacy Policy

Sam Stevens Privacy Policy

My contact details:

ICO Reg No: ZA112964
Address: 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY
Phone: +44 (0)20 7822 1200

The type of personal information I collect

To enable me to provide you with legal advice and representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations and mediations, I currently collect and process the following personal information:

Personal identifiers, contacts and characteristics (for example, name, date of birth and contact details), bank and financial details, your background and circumstance and education.

Other personal data relevant to, or included in instructions to provide legal services, including data specific to the instructions in question and data included in documents provided to me as part of instructions or otherwise.

Such information may include personal information relating to family members, associates, agents, employees, shareholders or beneficial owners. By providing such personal information to me, you automatically confirm that you are authorised to do so. It is not reasonably practicable for me to provide the information set out in this Privacy Notice to those individuals. Accordingly, where appropriate, you are responsible for providing this information to any such individuals.

Where necessary, I may also need to process Special Category data about you including

  • racial or ethnic origin;
  • personal data revealing political opinions;
  • personal data revealing religious or philosophical beliefs;
  • personal data revealing trade union membership;
  • genetic data;
  • biometric data (where used for identification purposes);
  • data concerning health;
  • data concerning a person’s sex life; and
  • data concerning a person’s sexual orientation.

How I get the personal information and why I have it

Most of the personal information that I process is provided to me directly by you or via the professional you have instructed such as a solicitor or consultant or other professional adviser who instructs me on your behalf to provide legal services.

I use the information that you have given me in order to

  • provide legal services to you, my client, including the provision of legal advice and
  • representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations, and mediations
  • keep accounting records and carry out office administration
  • take or defend legal or regulatory proceedings or to exercise a lien
  • respond to potential complaints or make complaints
  • check for potential conflicts of interest in relation to future potential cases
  • promote and market my services
  • carry out anti-money laundering and terrorist financing checks
  • train other barristers and pupils, and when providing work-shadowing opportunities
  • publish legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals as required or permitted by law.

I may share this information with

  • other professional advisers such as other legal professionals and consultant experts and other witnesses
  • courts and tribunals
  • the staff in my Chambers
  • prosecution authorities
  • pupils and mini pupils
  • lay clients
  • family and associates of the person whose personal information I am processing
  • in the event of complaints, the Head of Chambers, other individuals nominated by Chambers who deal with complaints, the Bar Standards Board, and the Legal Ombudsman
  • other regulatory authorities
  • current, past or prospective employers
  • education and examining bodies
  • business associates, professional advisers and trade bodies, e.g. the Bar Council
  • professional indemnity insurers or brokers
  • the general public in relation to the publication of legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals
  • If you have engaged other professional advisers to instruct me on your behalf on the matters on which I am providing legal services to you, I shall assume that I may disclose your personal information to them unless you tell me otherwise.
  • I may be required to provide your information to regulators, such as the Bar Standards Board, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Information Commissioner’s Office. In the case of the Information Commissioner’s Office, there is a risk that your information may lawfully be disclosed by them for the purpose of any other civil or criminal proceedings, without my consent or yours, which includes privileged information.
  • I may also be required to disclose your information to the police or intelligence services, where, acting in good faith, I consider it required and permitted by law.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the lawful basis I rely on for processing this information is

  • The processing is necessary for a contract I have with you, or because you have asked me to take specific steps before entering into a contract.
  • You are able to remove your consent at any time. You can do this by contacting me.
  • It may be necessary for me to share your personal data to comply with legal obligations to, for example, HMRC.

How I store your personal information

Your information is securely stored in Chambers or at my home. I use reasonable technical and organisational security measures such as password protection and encryption of computer generated data and keeping paper data secure to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost or destroyed, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way.

In this connection, Chambers, as data processor, acting on my behalf, will only process your personal data on my instructions and is subject to a duty of confidentiality.

The data will be held in line with any regulatory obligations and generally be kept for 6 years but may be 12 years, or longer where, for example, the case includes information relating to a minor, from the date of completion of instructions. At this point any further retention will be reviewed and the data will be marked for deletion or marked for retention for a further period.

All data will be securely deleted or securely shredded after this time without reference to you. I will store some of your information which I need to carry out conflict checks for the rest of my career. However, this is likely to be limited only to your name and contact details and the name of the case. It will not include any information that is “sensitive information” for GDPR purposes.

Your data protection rights

Under data protection law, you have rights including:

  • Your right of access – You have the right to ask me for copies of your personal information.
  • Your right to rectification – You have the right to ask me to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask me to complete information you think is incomplete.
  • Your right to erasure – You have the right to ask me to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to restriction of processing – You have the right to ask me to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to object to processing – You have the the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to data portability – You have the right to ask that I transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.
  • You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, I have one month to respond to you. Please contact me at 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY or if you wish to make a request.

Transfer of your information outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

This privacy notice is of general application and as such it is not possible to state whether it will be necessary to transfer your information out of the EEA. If I do transfer your personal data I will use safeguards to ensure the data is fully protected as required by the UK Data Protection Regulations.

Changes to my Privacy Policy

From time to time, I may need to make chances to my privacy policy. If so, the changes will appear on my entry on the 2TG website.


As above, I may share your personal data with Chambers who may in turn use that data to notify you by email, or post about an invitation to seminars and similar events. You may opt out of receiving any such marketing communications at any time by using the “unsubscribe” link in any emails. In relation to how Chambers uses such data, please see Chambers’ privacy policy. Other than sharing personal data with Chambers as described above, I will not share your information with any other third party for marketing purposes.

How to complain

If you have any concerns about my use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to me or to my Senior Clerk, Lee Tyler at 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY or You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113
ICO website:

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"A barrister of choice both by solicitors and clients alike"

Chambers UK 2024

" excellent barrister"

Legal 500 2023

"...intelligent and thoughtful"

Chambers UK 2023

" clear and robust advice and is a pleasure to work with"

Chambers UK 2023

"He has excellent attention to detail."

Chambers UK 2022

"A great head for figures, a top choice for quantum disputes."

Chambers UK 2022

  • Exhibition Award, Inner Temple

  • BPTC (Outstanding), Kaplan Law School
  • LLM, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
  • LLB (First), University of Warwick

  • PNBA
  • ELA

“Sam has excellent analytical skills and a strong ability to negotiate.” “A barrister of choice both by solicitors and clients alike, he is professional and personable.”
Chambers UK 2024

“He is an excellent barrister; sensitive with witnesses, very friendly and approachable. He is thorough in his assessments and is excellent at establishing strategy.”
Legal 500 2023

“Sam gives clear and robust advice and is a pleasure to work with.” “His written work and advice is excellent.” “Sam is intelligent and thoughtful. He is able to work out where the vulnerabilities in a case are.”
Chambers UK 2023

“He has excellent attention to detail.”
“Sam has a great head for figures and is a top choice for quantum disputes. He provides excellent written advice and is very user-friendly.”
Chambers UK 2022

“Sam is responsive and enthusiastic. He does a good job of getting to grips with the history of the matter and presenting the argument clearly. He works in the professional manner required by the matter.”
Legal 500 2022

“Personable and approachable.”
“Very knowledgeable and has excellent drafting skills.”
“He’s a great tactician and confident advocate.”
Chambers UK 2021

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